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CIG awards Services Contract to the Horticultural Trades Association

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The Board of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture has announced that it will be transferring its membership secretariat services to the Horticultural Trades Association from 15 December 2015

The Chartered Institute of Horticulture has recently announced that it has awarded a services contract to the Horticultural Trades Association in a move that is aimed at improving the organisation moving forward.



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17 December 2015

It is reported that the decision was supported by membership and work has started to transfer services from Capel Manor College and includes membership administration, event management, and communications. The CIH says that members will be informed by letter of the change and their subscription benefits will continue as normal.

Andrew Gill, President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture said ‘The CIH was proud to be granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 and has since been focused on developing its capability to represent professional horticulturists. Part of that journey is to continue to modernise the delivery of services to our membership, and the Board believes that a partnership with the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will help with the next stage of that journey.  We look forward to working with the HTA’.

Carol Paris, Chief Executive of the Horticultural Trades Association commented on the announcement saying‘We are delighted that the Chartered Institute of Horticulture have chosen to partner with the HTA to support its provision of services to members.”

She added “As it is a prestigious Institute representing professional horticulturists we are confident that we can provide the CIH with the support it’s looking for to meet its future aims and achieve its potential to further professionalise the sector’.

The Capel Manor College has said it has been proud to ‘support the CIH and work with them but accepted that there were advantages in now moving the CIH administration to an organisation that was specialist in providing membership services’.

Commenting on the move Stephen Dowbiggin, Principal of Capel Manor College said ‘Capel Manor College has a strong relationship with the HTA and they sponsor the college and the National Gardening Centre so it is really all staying in the family.”

Reports say the move to the HTA has already begun and the transition has been ‘progressing smoothly’ with an aim for the transition to be completed by 15th December.

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