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 https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/OldSchoolHenstead/7?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage



Corby + Fellas are GDPR ready!

Contact sales@corbyfellas.com 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 https://issuu.com/eljays44/docs/aprilmay2018gcr 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. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/QD-stores-3peaks

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 support@corbyfellas.com

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.


HTA Garden Futures Dinner 2017

Corby + Fellas once again proudly hosted two tables at this year’s HTA Garden Futures Conference Dinner, which took place on Wednesday 4th October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

We would like to thank the HTA along with all of our guests for a most enjoyable evening.


We Are Moving Offices!

We are moving offices – just a couple of miles down the road – during the afternoon of Friday, 1st September 2017.


EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

I’m sure that the gripping title of this news features will have attracted your attention! No? Ok ………but, unfortunately, it’s something that you really need to know about.

The EU the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will update existing data protection legislation when it comes into effect in May 2018; this is despite our impending exit from the EU.

It is designed to harmonise all data privacy laws across Europe, including the UK, with the aim of protecting and empowering all UK and EU citizens to preserve their data privacy.

GDPR will determine the way in which organisations, including retailers, obtain, handle and hold any data that they have gathered about customers. If you run a loyalty card programme, have a club card scheme and/or have a CRM system you need to know about this legislation.

We will soon be making changes to our innovative WinRetail package to help users to comply with the new regulation. In addition, at least one of our team will be attending an approved course, so that we can offer advice and guidance, ensuring that you can stay ‘ahead of the game’.


Wing Walk For Greenfingers

Corby + Fellas have just donated £100 for Conna Powles wing walk on a Stearman bi plane, for Greenfingers Charity, because sick kids need space outside their hospital beds.

Donate to conna’s JustGiving page


Well done to all that took part in the Henstead Hike 2017

So far £650 has been raised, which over £200 was by Corby + Fellas and their employees! The money raised will be for a defibrillator for the school and local community use.

Last Friday, the children of our Sales & Marketing Manager Kim and grandchildren of Chris Corby took part in a challenging coastal walk, along with Kim and Chris Corby’s wife, Rosie Corby. (more…)

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