Launching in the UK in May 2018, an Australian company supplying innovative raised garden beds has reported exceptional sales since first appearing at the Chelsea Flower show in May 2018. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Neil Urry and Alex Allen, Vegepod UK Ltd are now looking to expand into the UK & Ireland garden retail market.
Aimed at the burgeoning grow your own market and designed and developed in Australia by Matt Harris, Vegepod is a unique raised garden bed. The nine year old international company with operations in Australia, the US, Singapore and New Zealand, the UK and Ireland was the next obvious market due to the growth of the garden industry and fond British & Irish affiliation with gardens and the grow your own movement.
Vegepod has signed an exclusive deal with Horkans for the Republic of Ireland from January 2019.
Neil Urry, Head of Sales & Operations at Vegepod says “With 9 years experience and a growing portfolio of countries behind Vegepod, we finally felt we were positioned well to tackle the UK market. We wanted to do it right and ensure we were putting our best foot forward at the right time. Our first six months has been outstanding. We have trialled the product at some of the best UK gardening shows and the response has been fantastic. We are confident that the gardening public will really embrace our product and so in 2019 we plan to continue to develop the market by offering it to sale to selected garden centres throughout the UK.”
Remaining true to their horticultural roots, the company is not just about sales but supports community projects and charity groups, using vegetable growing to build communities and make it more accessible. As Urry says, “Imperative to us is standing by our ethos of ‘making growing vegetables easy and fun for everyone, everywhere’ achievable for those less likely to be currently gardening.”
Tom Stewart, Sales Manager at Horkans said “Horkans are really excited about Vegepod, our customers are passionate about gardening and the ease of growing offered by Vegepod will be a delight to both our novice and experienced gardening customers. We’ve already had some interest from schools, nursing homes and community groups who are excited to see the range and to get growing with Vegepods. We can’t wait for our first delivery to showcase the range and get our customers growing with Vegepod!”
In a short period of time, customer advocacy is already high with Vegepod already seeing repeat purchases from customers and a growing local social media presence.
With distribution based in Surrey and manufacturing based in China supporting all Vegepod locations, Vegepod has big plans in 2019 to launch into chosen independent and chain garden centres across the UK and Ireland.