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Former Solus md unveils new company

Published: 15 January 2014
Former Solus Garden & Leisure md, Nick Davies, has unveiled his new garden product manufacturing company, called Crest Garden.
Former Solus md unveils new company
The new venture is a stand-alone business but it benefits from financial backing and infrastructure support from Westland Horticulture to help it start up and establish itself in the industry. Trading will commence in the late part of the summer this year.

Mr Davies is in the process of creating an experienced team of managers who have many years of experience in the UK and international garden business. Andy Abraham will become sales director and Colin Smart will become commercial director, both of whom previously held senior management positions at Solus.

Crest will focus on developing new products, and commenting on the new business, Mr Davies said: "The team here at Crest Garden have many years experience of new product development and providing high levels of customer service to the traditional garden market. We have the advantage of starting with a blank canvass and will bring to the market innovative new ideas that meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated retail environment."

Mr Davies left Solus suddenly at the end of November after 29 years; he announced he had plans to set up a new venture within the same industry and said at the time that by the end of 2014 "the business will be a major force within the garden industry."

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By SMITH
TURNCOAT
Published prior to March 2014
By Former member of solus
To my former boss good luck in your new venture. Lead the way and dare to be different in the gardening trade.. Good luck Colin, mr d and Andy a xxxxx
Published prior to March 2014
By Kevin
Congratulations guy's, the market needs plenty of innovation and there is no one better to bring to market what is really needed. We will support you and look forward to some interesting new product without the old "quality problems" of cheaper sourced ranges!!
Published prior to March 2014
By Colonel
What a shame the recent events, a terrific company decimated by poor decision making. I am sure Nick and the team he has pulled together will do a fantastic job - desperately needed in our market. Good luck to them all.
Published prior to March 2014
By Garden Centre owner
Congratulations on starting Crest Guys with all your contacts and product knowledge I am sure you will be very successful.
Published prior to March 2014
By Interesting scenario
Over the years Solus welcomed on board various manufacturers and their products before systematically turning those products ranges into their own brand and severing the trading contact with the companies that grew their business. Take heed Solus, what goes around comes around!
Published prior to March 2014
By Paul
Agree with the comments above, the industry is changing, good luck to Crest Garden; love the name!
Published prior to March 2014
By only me
"left Solus suddenly"...OK then. Solus are not the company that they used to be and the industry knows it. I know who I'm backing. Good luck to Nick, Andy and Colin!

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