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24th August 2017

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Bathgate Silica Sand to showcase growing horticultural range at Glee and Four Oaks 2017

Following the success of the Bathgate Horticulture range, Bathgate will be showcasing their full range of products including new editions at Glee and Four Oaks in September. 

Bathgate’s Champions Blend range now features Seed and Cutting formulation and the Extra-large Planter, which sit alongside their award-winning Champions Blend Compost. The new products have been well received by retailers and growers alike, with excellent results being reported.

Bathgate’s John Innes range now includes an Ericaceous option as well as, smaller 10 litre bags of John Innes 1, 2 and 3. The expanded Bathgate Horticulture range also includes new 50 litre premium quality certified Play Grade Bark.

Bathgate's Champions Blend All Purpose Compost won the award for Best Retail Product or Service at Four Oaks last year. Judges said that the compost "brought together probiotics, volcanic rock dust and natural seaweed extract in one easy mix for amateur gardeners." 

Bathgate’s compost has received several endorsements by professional growers and horticultural enthusiasts, including broadcaster and writer Terry Walton and Mike Smith of Tom Smith Plants.

The Bathgate Horticulture range offers the highest quality growing media and associated products, manufactured to market-leading standards.

Visit Bathgate Silica Sand’s stand E 123-125 at Four Oaks, Farm Lane, Cheshire on 5th-6th September and stand 20N36-P37 at Glee, NEC, Birmingham on 11th-13th September.

 

8th June 2017

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Sandpit fun with Bathgate at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Looking for new ideas and inspiration for your garden? Visit BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham’s NEC on 15th – 18th June 2017.

Bathgate are sponsoring a large sandpit, filled with Bathgate extra safe and clean play sand. There will be activities for children of all ages on Saturday and Sunday, so take up this perfect opportunity for a fun family day out and educate children about gardening, food and wildlife.

This year’s event is even more special as Gardeners’ World is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

The BBC will be filming at the event, for the TV anniversary. Why not come along and enjoy the Nostalgia Garden, Anniversary Garden and Beautiful Borders themed around momentous occasion?

Gardeners’ World is even getting its very own birthday cake, designed exclusively by 2015 winner of BBC's The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain.

The event will feature Show Gardens and an enormous Floral Marquee with over 100 places to buy quality plants. The show also features top experts; Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh.

On Saturday and Sunday, under 18s can visit for FREE (up to 4 kids per paying adult) with children aged 5 and under free every day. Use discount code SM2 when booking through The Ticket Factory https://www.theticketfactory.com/gwl/online/ to save £4 and get tickets from only £19.50!

As well as producing safe and clean play sand, Bathgate also takes pride in offering a comprehensive range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers, garden retailers and dedicated horticultural enthusiasts. The wide range of products includes: Multi-Purpose Compost, Top Soil, Lawn and Sports Turf Top Dressing, Play Sand, Block Paving Sand, GrowBags and much more.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live | NEC Birmingham | 15-18 June 2017

Website link: bbcgardenersworldlive.com

2nd June 2017

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Bathgate’s Champions Blend Compost Features at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

As the world-renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show has come to an end, Bathgate would like to congratulate all of the Chelsea award-winners. A special well done goes to Mike at Tom Smith Plants, Colin at Roualeyn Nursery and Matthew at Brighter Blooms. What an achievement!

Bathgate was extremely proud to support Mike Smith, from Tom Smith Plants, a RHS Chelsea Flower Show award-winner and a prestigious professional grower with his show garden.

Mike used Bathgate’s Champions Blend All Purpose Compost as his main growing media for his display plants at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Mike Smith’s enthusiasm for Bathgate products has extended to him supporting with the development of new Bathgate Horticulture growing media products and in recognition of his valuable contribution, a team from Bathgate joined Mike at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to assist with building his display.

“Bathgate compost is a quality professional growing media and we look forward to using it on all fruit and vegetable show gardens in the future” said Mike Smith, Tom Smith Plants.

Bathgate won the award for Best Retail Product or Service at the Four Oaks show last year for its Champions Blend All Purpose Compost, when judges said that the compost "brought together probiotics, volcanic rock dust and natural seaweed extract in one easy mix for amateur gardeners."

Bathgate Horticulture is a range of products from Bathgate Silica Sand, an independently-owned company that has been established for 100 years and is part of the Bathgate Group.  

Bathgate takes pride in developing a comprehensive range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers, garden retailers and dedicated horticultural enthusiasts.

31st May 2017

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Tom Smith Plants endorses Bathgate Horticulture on ITV Coast & Country

Award winning grower Mike Smith endorses Bathgate Horticulture growing media in a recent ITV Coast & Country episode. Mike set up his fruit and veg business with his partner Alison Rose 7 years ago. What started as hobby, is now a successful business of growing chillies, oranges, lemons and limes, as well as some more unusual fruit, not usually found in Wales.

Coming from the construction industry, Mike loves a challenge, and being able to grow things from seed gives him just that; “People say you can’t grow oranges in this country – you can”. If you know what you are doing and have the correct equipment and resources that is. His partner Alison can be seen in the video planting some micro-veg seeds using a ‘Bathgate Professional’ growing media product.

Mike divulges his secret of not overwatering his crops; he suggests a routine of watering generously once a month only. This is imitating the weather in southern Spain where you can normally find fruit growing.

Over the past few years, Mike has entered competitive fruit and veg shows and it is the success from these shows which led to an invitation to this year’s Chelsea flower show; one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the world. Mike has seen great success in recent years and is extremely gracious about being included in the top 100 growers in the world.

Mike describes his latest passion of “micro-veg”, an extremely fast turnover crop - with a turnaround of sewing to harvest of only 14 days. With Mike’s expertise and innovation, Tom Smith Plants is creating a name for itself, with celebrities such as chef Raymond Blanc showing an interest.

Bathgate Horticulture is a range of products from Bathgate Silica Sand, an independently-owned company that has been established for 100 years and is part of the Bathgate Group.

Bathgate takes pride in developing a comprehensive range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers, garden retailers and dedicated horticultural enthusiasts. Our wide range of products includes: Multi-Purpose Compost, Top Soil, Lawn and Sports Turf Top Dressing, Play Sand, Block Paving Sand, GrowBags and much more.

Watch the full video on Bathgate Silica Sand's Facebook page.

15th March 2017

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Terry Walton has recently praised Bathgate’s award winning Champions Blend all-purpose compost

Thank you to Terry Walton, star of BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show and best-selling author, who has recently praised Bathgate’s award winning Champions Blend all-purpose compost in Garden News Magazine. Terry Walton reveals that at the end of last season he came across the Bathgate Horticulture Champions Blend Compost. He states that the compost provides great germination and excellent growing on results. It is great to hear that his early sowings this season are thriving in the compost. 

16th November 2016

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Silica, the sweet spot of Greenkeeping

Bathgate Silica Sand shares why silica is the sweet spot of greenkeeping. Established for 100 years, Bathgate Silica Sand, part of the Bathgate Group, is a leading producer of silica sand, top dressing and rootzones. An accredited member of BRTMA and a British Standard registered company they take pride in producing the highest quality products combined with exceptional customer service.

 

14th November 2016

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High quality, washed silica sand

High quality, washed silica sand for cattle bedding and equestrian use, available now from our Cheshire quarry. Contact 01270 762828 or sales@bathgatesilica.co.uk for further information. 

27th October 2016

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“Glee is a great showcase for the industry”

This was the first time we had exhibited at Glee and we were excited about the prospect of sharing our new product range and meeting fellow horticultural enthusiasts.

On a high from our award win for Best Retail Product – during the week before Glee, at the Four Oakes trade show in Cheshire – we were excited about the opportunities at Glee.

All in all, we feel that the show was a great success for us. We had a continuous flow of people on the stand and some serious enquiries, some of which have now resulted in orders being placed.

Although Bathgate Silica Sand is a long-established company and this year we celebrated our 100th year in business, our horticultural range is very new. Bathgate’s philosophy has always been to produce high quality products and deliver excellent customer service. The horticultural range is produced with the same ethos and we wanted to share this with potential customers.

Exhibiting at Glee and showcasing our range of growing mediums and associated products gave us an opportunity to reach out to a wide and varied potential customer base.

As exhibitors, we gained valuable insights about the garden retail and leisure market directly from buyers from a wide range of sectors. We feel that we have a better understanding of customer expectations from the experience which has helped us to identify key products that should be included in our range. It was also a great opportunity to give our team, who mostly work in our office and factory, the chance to be involved in the best showcase that our industry has to offer.

The pre-show support from the Glee team was fantastic as it was during the show. It was well organised and there was plenty of help and advice on hand. Well done to everyone in the Glee team!

Are we going back?

Oh yes we are. This is a great showcase for the industry. Anyone who has anything to offer the garden and leisure market should give serious thought to exhibiting. Shows are made more interesting by a diverse range of exhibitors. The more interesting that we all try to make the show, the more the visitors will make the effort to come along and then we all gain.

We are looking forward to Glee 2017.

 

21st October 2016

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Sean Cameron reviews our award winning Champions Blend in video!

Sean Cameron is impressed with the Bathgate Horticulture award winning Champions Blend compost - Have a look at his video!

Our Champions Blend is a premium quality compost containing a unique blend of fertiliser and essential nutrition. The performance of this growing medium is further enhanced by the inclusion of Envii Foundation, REMI.

This high quality compost is ideal for indoor and outdoor use and provides an exceptional environment for the successful growing of Plug plants, Bedding and pot plants, Fruit and vegetable plants, Shrubs and Hanging baskets

 Contact us for more information

12th October 2016

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Bathgate Group Invests in Promising Entrepreneurs at IdeaLab 2016

Bathgate Group sponsored and attended the IdeaLab 2016 Student Showcase, at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), on Wednesday 14th September. Gary Laverick, Bathgate Group CEO and Alastair Jones, Head of Underwriting at Bathgate Business Finance, were involved in judging presentations by four teams of student entrepreneurs, hoping to win support for their ideas, in a Dragon’s Den style pitching process. 

The Centre for Entrepreneurship at LJMU is behind IdeaLab, a pilot accelerator programme for technology driven ideas. During the past ten weeks, four teams of students have been put through their paces, including having to perfect their business plans and develop their concepts ready for the IdeaLab 2016 Student Showcase.
 
The four teams presented a range of ideas including: a conference delegate app, technology to improve solar panel efficiency, a student social app and a new approach to identifying airport runway debris.
 
Only one team could win the IdeaLab trophy and the judges decided that the prize should go to DIGI-HAWK, for their innovative idea of airport runway debris detection. DIGI-HAWK was presented with the winner’s trophy by Gary Laverick.
 
Gary Laverick commented that the “creative ideas and professionally presented business plans, together with the students’ enthusiasm and product knowledge, made for a truly inspirational event.  Everyone involved deserves great credit”. 
 
All of the teams involved in the IdeaLab Student Showcase have opportunities to continue progressing with ongoing support from the Centre for Entrepreneurship.
 
Bathgate Group is involved in a five-year partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurship at LJMU providing financial support to entrepreneurs through the Bathgate Start-up Fund. 
 
Rod Walker, Founder and Chairman of Bathgate Group is a former Pro-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and as an Honorary Fellow has been involved with the group for some 50 years.  He explains how the Directors of the company were seeking an opportunity to give something back and support a new generation of enterprising graduates in a tangible way.
 
"Bathgate is privileged and delighted to be able to support Liverpool John Moores University in the important work of Entrepreneurship through the start-up Fund. The health and welfare of the community is best achieved by the provision of employment and this is vital for our future."
 
Bathgate Group comprises a range of companies including Bathgate Silica Sand, Arclid Transport, Bathgate Flooring, Bathgate Business Finance and Databax Hosting Solutions. Each Bathgate company shares a common objective to provide customers with the highest level of trust and confidence in all of their products and services. 
 

30th September 2016

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Proud sponsors of Robbie Brown

Bathgate Silica Sand are proud sponsors of Robbie Brown, who recently came 2nd in the Ducati TriOptions Cup at Oulton Park. 

Robbie commented: “If we look back 12 months I started off the podium on both races so I can't complain if we carry on like this. I just think we need more dry time on the bike. Early on in the race I was just trying too hard, but I regrouped and had good pace and caught Guiver up but he is just a demon on the brakes. I saw him hanging his foot out on the straight and I thought he is in a lot of pain and he will die out but he didn't and he deserved that win.” 

Follow @robbiebrown to find out more 

9th September 2016

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Bathgate wins award for Best Retail Product or Service at Four Oaks

We were delighted to pick up the award for Best Retail Product or Service at the recent Four Oaks exhibition in Cheshire.

The award was won for the new Champions Blend all-purpose compost, part of the Bathgate Horticulture range of products, from Bathgate Silica Sand. 

Champions Blend is a premium quality compost containing a unique blend of fertiliser and essential nutrition. The performance of this growing medium is further enhanced by the inclusion of Envii Foundation, REMI.
 
Contact us for more information

9th September 2016

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Introducing the new Bathgate Horticulture Champions Blend all-purpose compost from Bathgate Silica Sand

The latest addition to the Bathgate Horticultural range, Champions Blend, is a premium quality compost containing a unique blend of fertiliser and essential nutrition. The performance of this growing medium is further enhanced by the inclusion of Envii Foundation, REMIN Volcanic Rock Dust and Oceans Bounty Natural Seaweed Extract

This high quality compost is ideal for indoor and outdoor use and provides an exceptional environment for the successful growing of:
  • Plug plants
  • Bedding and pot plants
  • Hanging baskets
  • Shrubs
  • Fruit and vegetable plants 
Bathgate Horticulture is a range of products from Bathgate Silica Sand, an independently-owned company that has been established for 100 years and is part of the Bathgate Group. The addition of Champions Blend complements Bathgate’s existing range of premium quality horticultural products.