Newsletter 10

GA Exhibiting At FAB Conference

GA will be exhibiting at the annual Federation Of Awarding Bodies Conference near Warwick. Please pop over to our stand for a chat - and a chance to win an iPad5 in our free competition. Plenty of other giveways as well. For further details:

CBI Sign Up For Early Adopter Trial

GA has created a new online industry trends service for trade associations and will be running a trial for five "early adopter" organisations over the coming months. The new web portal is based on a bespoke service that has been provided to the Garden Centre Association for the last five years. Iain Wylie, CEO of the GCA, says: ”The Barometer of Trade is an invaluable tool which enables us to pool knowledge across our members, assess market trends and measure economic activity across the industry. The monthly reports help members to improve their own business performance – and the information also provides hard evidence to support our case when lobbying government to make changes that will benefit our industry.”

Award-Winning Turkeys

At Peach Croft Farm in rural Oxfordshire, the Homewood family has been rearing award-winning Xmas turkeys and Xmas geese for seventy-five years. Their Breed Heritage Bourbon Red Turkey, sold exclusively by Fortnum & Mason, was recently voted the best chef’s rating (5/5) in The Times. GA is pleased to be a supplier to Peach Croft, providing IT services for such a down-to-earth yet prestigious business. When you buy your Christmas turkey at the order is automatically transferred to Peach Croft's order management and finance system via Cyclops - a production support system developed by Gordon Associates. At delivery/pickup time Cyclops provides product control via a sophisticated barcoding system - as well as complete management of the retail operation.

And Finally...

GA directors, Rod Gordon & Gordon Harrison, recently completed a coast-to-coast bike ride in aid of two cancer charities. The 170 mile route from Morecambe to Bridlington is an official cycle route called The Way Of The Roses ( and, fuelled only by beer, curry and ice creams, the group of eleven school friends completed the challenge in three days, crossing the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Wolds. Fortunately the weather was kind to us as you can see from the final photo at Bridlington. So far over £1,800 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research, but any additional contributions would be gratefully received - no matter how small.

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