Leading Flintshire Based Topsoil Supplier and Garden Centre to Participate in ‘ITV Business Club’ for ITV News

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Flintshire based Dandy’s Garden Centre have been selected as one of a hundred businesses across the UK to join the new ‘ITV Business Club’ which will produce a series of short shows and features for the channel focusing on current business events and affairs, the economy in general and the ups and downs of running a company in these economically troubled times.

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ITV camera crew filming on location at Dandy's main sales offices.

I am delighted to have been asked to be part of such a prestigious project for ITV and really hope that Dandy’s can show that small businesses can be just as successful, and are just as important as, the large ones.

Adam Dandy, Managing Director and Owner of Dandy’s Garden Centre, Deeside, Flintshire, was approached by ITV and asked to take part in the ITV Business Club as the representative of a successful but small, family run and owned company.

As a business Dandy’s have managed to ‘weather the storm’ of recession, even managing to smash sales targets the past four years running despite a worsening economy. Managing Director Adam Dandy commented; “Although we’ve seen success in recent years the bubble may burst at any time putting us in the same boat as so many businesses across the UK that are suffering from the devastating effects of a recession and an ever worsening economy. It is important now, more than ever, that we re-focus as a team and ensure that Dandy’s stays ahead of the game with products, marketing tactics and fresh, exciting projects. I am delighted to have been asked to be part of such a prestigious project for ITV and really hope that Dandy’s can show that small businesses can be just as successful and are just as important as, the large ones.”

ITV Wales Business Correspondent, Carole Green, was looking for sparky, articulate business men and women from the area and landed on Adam after seeing some local press coverage regarding the company’s recent endeavours and successes. As winner of ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ and as the figurehead for a successful family owned and run business, Adam was interviewed on camera last week about his thoughts on the economy and the business in general. The camera crew also caught the management and sales team having a ‘new year, new start’ back to work meeting where they discussed plans for 2012 including marketing strategies, new products, competition and the up-coming North Wales Truck Stop, the building of which will begin this summer with an official opening in October to coincide with the anniversary of Dandy’s second year at Deeside.

Last week also saw production company, Chwarel Television, filming at Dandy’s for a proposed documentary about life on an industrial park. The concept of the mini-series will be to show what goes on in offices and production sites behind the scenes and will feature around five businesses based on Deeside Industrial Park.

The ITV Business Club ultimately plans to organise a programming event with the Prime Minister; allowing the team to listen and interact with UK government on the subject of how things in the economy are really working for those who face the day to day challenges of running a business.

The club is comprised of eight to ten diverse businesses from each region of the country, with Dandy’s representing North Wales as a small, family run business. The first filming of the entire team will take place on Friday 13th January in Cardiff where the heads of over one hundred UK businesses will meet for the first time to discuss the project, the economy and their individual business aims, concerns and plans for the coming year.

About Dandy’s:
Dandy’s has been a family run business since 1826 where it began life as a small company producing and selling organic fruits and vegetables.
Today the business produces and supplies topsoil, compost, bark, turf and over one hundred other gardening and landscaping products.

Dandy’s has a shop and sales offices open to both the public and trade on Deeside Industrial Park and the business operates on a nationwide scale from award winning websites, DandysGardenCentre.co.uk, DandysTopsoil.co.uk and DandysRockSalt.co.uk.

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