Garden centres across the UK trust us to keep their customers safe and generate measurable improvement in their compliance, including quantifiable reductions in workplace accidents and associated lost days.

Our health and safety management software engages staff at all levels, improving company-wide safety culture and helping you grow a fresh perspective on health and safety. Use the power of Safety Cloud to delegate responsibilities, tailor safety checks, log accidents, maintain your fleet, and other essential equipment. You can also train your green-fingered staff - with e-learning modules tailored to your needs, for free.

Southalls combination of consultancy and Safety Cloud management software offers a compelling health and safety solution to garden centres of any size.

Root out risk from your retail garden centre

Take control of compliance across every corner of your site with step-by-step solutions to identify, assess and reduce risk. Our free e-guide delivers expert insight into common garden centre hazards – from manual handing and water features to workplace transport – and the undetected dangers that could cost you.

Deal with your site’s hidden dangers with our free ‘RETAIL GARDEN CENTRES - The Top Five Health and Safety Risk Areas & Quick Steps to Compliance’ e-guide.

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  • Initial sector-specific health and safety audit
  • Tailored health and safety policy and risk assessments, built around critical safety concerns for garden centres
  • Bespoke staff health and safety handbooks
  • Competent person role (required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations)
  • Assistance with accident investigations, including reporting under RIDDOR
  • Liaison with the EHO, conducted by our own ex-enforcement officers  
  • Safety Cloud – user-friendly, web-based health and safety software
  • Access to a wide range of instructor-led and online training courses
  • Six-monthly safety audits and online reports
  • Free telephone advice from our sector experts

Ruxley Manor Garden Centre likes to think big. Offering exciting seasonal events, engaging family activities and an ever-expanding product range, the Kent-based business have been keeping things fresh for their customers since 1964. So when complex compliance management was shifting focus from the centre’s enterprising growth plans, they called on Southalls for an innovative, scalable safety solution.

With years of specialist sector expertise, Southalls mapped out a site-wide safety strategy to elevate standards across the key risk areas for all retail garden centres, plus the unique features that set Ruxley Manor apart – from a pet corner and play area to enchanted forests, ice rinks and a Santa’s grotto. Incorporating six-monthly audits, tailored staff training, food hygiene assessments and web-based access to all H&S data and documents, Southalls’ workable risk reduction measures allowed Ruxley Manor to keep a strict eye on compliance, while keeping creativity alive and well.

So the team now spend less time on the red tape of health and safety and more time cultivating colourful ideas.

To learn how Ruxley Manor streamlined every part of their H&S processes, download the full case study.

What our clients say

We’re busy people, so wanted to make compliance simpler to manage and implement. Keeping current with due diligence checks is made easy by the Safety Cloud system, which streamlines audits, equipment assessments and staff training and informs us when an upcoming action is due. We like to look after our staff and customers and the support of the Southalls team helps us do this. Our family-friendly values and high quality service are something we work hard to maintain and it was clear that Southalls reflect similar values.

Gates Garden Centre

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