Tong Garden Centre

Corby + Fellas are delighted to announce the successful implementation of our acclaimed WinRetail Stock Control and Retail Management System at Tong Garden Centre. We look forward to a mutually beneficial working relationship with another Garden Centre Company that shares its values, ethos and ambitions with ours.

Pictured is Steven Fellas, Head of Projects, along with Mark Farnsworth MD and Charlie Barker, FD.

Congratulations Rosebourne

It was a great day at the opening of Rosebourne’s second site at Aldermaston and a received a perfect 10 from Strictly Come Dancing Judge Craig Revel Horwood!

Corby + Fellas are very proud to be associated with Rosebourne and provide our WinRetail Management System, as well as our new Restaurant Service Application – all ready for the grand opening – and strictly speaking, we’d love a 10 too! For more details see or call Sales on 01493 658800

Rosebourne Aldermaston opens – GTN Xtra photo tour

The second Rosebourne opened this weekend and GTN Xtra joined the invited local VIP’s and press to a preview day on Thursday to bring you our photo tour of the new centre.


The management team behind this latest opening are (L-R above) Jon Kitching, Salim Sajid, Centre Manager Dan Adams, Neville Prest and Val Kempster.


Rosebourne Aldermaston has been developed on the site of White Towers Nursery, which had been there for 26 years previously, using EIS funding.  The same model used by Rosebourne for Weyhill and also being used by Carol Paris’ Somerton business.


Carol Paris is joining the Rosebourne team temporarily to help with the integration of Wyevale Solihull into the Rosebourne group.  Solihull, a former Blooms of Bressingham centre, hence very well known to Jon Kitching, is a leasehold site and that purchase has been financed via bank lending.


As you’ll see from our photo tour below, Rosebourne Aldermaston follows the successful template of Weyhill Andover very closely, with just a few differences:

  • A local butcher, based in Tatcham.
  • Rosebourne are doing the deli themselves.
  • Planteria double the size.
  • Restaurant not so long and narrow to reduce the distance and time from the pass to the table.


In the waitress served restaurant servers use Corby + Fellas mobile systems to take orders, print bills and take payments direct at the table without having to go back to any till point.


Rosebourne Aldermaston key facts:

  • 5,000 sq m
  • 220 main car parking spaces + 60 in overflow
  • Retail food sales 20% of turnover, catering 25%
  • Bigger planteria than at Andover – double the size
  • 23 retail food freezers
  • 200 covers in waitress served restaurant

Coopers (Gt. Yarmouth) Ltd. – Testimonial

Pictured Steven Fellas, Corby + Fellas Head of Projects & Operations with Phil Tate, Coopers MD

“From the initial conception and installation, to on-going support and development, the Corby & Fellas service has been very professional, open and friendly.  This is evident from the way our teams have accepted the new system with such enthusiasm.

They all like the fact that it’s so easy to understand and to operate, giving us some real benefits. In addition, they have found that the Stock‑Taking function to be particularly easy to use, allowing this onerous task to be carried out speedily and accurately.

I am very happy with our decision to use Corby & Fellas, whom I find to be professional and approachable. They have an excellent understanding of retailing and I feel confident that they are a stable enterprise with a sound business ethos and that they will be around for many years to come.

I believe that we have invested our time and money in a first-class system that will provide us with all the facilities that we need both now an in the future. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Corby & Fellas.”

David Brighouse, ACMA, CGMA

Company Accountant


The Mill Restaurant, Millbrook Garden Centre, Gravesend

“The Mill, Gravesend

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of our plant area, The Mill is our brand new restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake. The space is  light, airy and very inviting – perfect for meeting friends for breakfast or lunch, or taking a few minutes out of your day to enjoy a hand-crafted coffee from our barista bar with a slice of homemade cake.

Our lunch menu offers a range of freshly-prepared salads, quiches and savouries from the Deli Bar. If you fancy something hot, then head to the Kitchen Classics counter where you can enjoy traditional dishes such as shepherd’s pie, fish and chips or roast of the day.

With free parking, easy access for both wheelchairs and pushchairs, a children’s menu and highchairs for our younger customers, plus an outside seating area where dogs are welcome, we have something for everyone.

The Mill is open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm and Sunday 9.30am – 3.30pm.
Breakfast is served from 9am (9.30am on Sundays) until 11.30am.
Lunch is served from 12noon until 2.30pm.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Please be aware that while we welcome dogs in the garden centre and the outside seating area, only assistance dogs are allowed inside the restaurant.

The Mill also incorporates a large events room which is available for private hire, please email for further information.” 

Squire’s Chairman receives OBE at Buckingham Palace, article from DIY Week

Colin Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, received his OBE from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday 18th May. He was given the award in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in recognition of his services to the horticultural industry and to charity.

Colin Squire said: “It was a very special day, and lovely to share it with my two daughters Sarah and Elizabeth and their families. I felt immensely honoured. I have been very fortunate to work in this wonderful industry and to have enjoyed the support and friendship of so many inspirational people over the years.”

Colin Squire with his daughters Sarah and Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace
Colin Squire with his daughters Sarah and Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

Squire’s is a successful family business, with 15 garden centres across the South East. The company was founded by Colin’s father D.J. Squire as a nursery and landscape business over 80 years ago, and Colin (81) formally joined the business in the late 1950’s and developed the group’s garden centres.

Colin’s daughter Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squire’s commented: “It was a wonderful day, and an absolute privilege to celebrate my father’s achievements, both in horticulture and in his charity and community work. It is my father’s character, values and judgment that permeate the business, and his enthusiasm, ready smile and commitment are reflected throughout the organisation. We are all so proud of him.”

Published: 29 May 2018 – Kiran Grewal, DIY Week

Henstead Hike 2018

On Friday 25th May, the children of our Sales & Marketing Manger Kim and grandchildren of Chris Corby will be doing a challenging hike from the Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club and finishing at The Old School Henstead. Tabatha (aged 11) will be doing the full 12 miles, whereas Elliot (aged 6) will be doing (a still impressive) 3 miles.

Chris Corby’s wife, Rosie Corby and Kim will also be doing the Hike but the donation page is for sponsorship of the children only. If you would kindly like to donate please follow the link below and quote on the donation ‘Tabatha and Elliot’ and any message.

This years Henstead Hike will be in aid of a new school minibus.

Wales 3000ers and Henstead Hike



Corby + Fellas are GDPR ready!

Contact or 01493658800 for more information

GDPR: Clearing The Confusion

Please see our article in Garden Centre Retail April / May 2018 issue on page 22, GDPR: Clearing The Confusion, along with our Advert on page 51 via @issuu

Good luck Karl! 3 Peaks Challenge for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice

Karl Ottolangui – Associate Director of Operations at QD Group: 

“A few years ago, QD made a pledge to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Nook appeal, that we would raise £25k over 3 years.  After 18 months we had smashed this target through some amazing efforts from our colleagues, and we are trying hard to push for triple figures to see their new hospice being built. I have spent the last few years nagging the teams to get behind the appeal, and now it is my turn to get off of my sofa and do something to help! Somehow I have been talked into taking part in the 3 peaks challenge, where we have 24 hours to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. This is such a worthy cause!!  We have set a target of raising £5k from this challenge.”

Corby + Fellas have donated, please show your support for the team by donating via their Just Giving page.

Cherry Lane raising money for Brain Tumour Research

Bought my #WearAHatDay band from @cherrylaneGC in Carlton Colville Suffolk for @braintumourrsch #BrainTumourResearch @QDStores

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a eggcellent Easter bank holiday weekend!


Busy day in the office with the team from @PolhillGC looking at the new innovative features of #WinRetail

Congratulations to Andrew Piper, Senior Developer, on his 20 year anniversary at Corby + Fellas!

Petplace Abergele

Farm & Pet place in Abergele has recently been rebranded from Farm and Pet Place to petplace. Don’t worry though! You’ll still see the same familiar faces and we still stock the same products at the same great prices as before. With petplace they have a modern new look and stock more pet supplies than ever. 

Situated just off the Rhuddlan Roundabout off the A55, petplace is the perfect place to drop in and stock up on everything you could possibly want for your pet. Opposite the Abergele McDonalds, there’s easy access and ample parking. 

For any queries or if you need help finding your way to the store, you can contact petplace Abergele directly on 01745 823188

All of their stores are pet friendly so feel free to bring your pets with you and let them choose their own treats! And for all those mucky pups, they also have their own self service dog wash.


Sunshine Garden Centre

We are very pleased to announce that we have implemented WinRetail, our acclaimed EPoS and Retail Management system, at Sunshine Garden Centre.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

2017 has been a busy year for us and we have developed some great new projects. We would like to thank you all for your business and support.

Our offices will close at 3.30pm on Friday 22nd December until Wednesday 27th December and for New Year’s Day on Monday 1st January 2018 but we will be monitoring our systems throughout the holiday period and support will still be available on call on 01493 658800 or email

It will be business as usual from Tuesday 2nd January.

We look forward to working with you in 2018.

Best wishes from all at Corby + Fellas


EU GDPR Foundation.

Chris Corby is now fully certified by the Knowledge Academy.

November 2017

Merry Christmas

We at Corby & Fellas have decided that rather than sending out individual Christmas Cards, we would put the money to better use by donating it to the Greenfingers Charity.

Greenfingers is a very worthwhile charity, which supports children who are spending time in hospices around the UK, together with their families, by creating beautiful and inspiring gardens for them to relax in and to benefit from.

In lieu of a card and on behalf of us all at C&F, we would like to take this opportunity, to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Yarnton Nurseries

We are very pleased to announce that we have just implemented WinRetail, our acclaimed EPoS and Retail Management system, at Yarnton Nurseries.


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