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  • We Are Hiring: Retail Position Available In Our Burnley Store

    We Are Hiring In Burnley

    A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join Holland Hydroponics, who are the largest hydroponics retailer in the North West, and also an expanding and dynamic company. We are looking to recruit an experienced horticultural retail sales assistants for our Burnley store. We need a highly enthusiastic sales assistant, who can listen to their customer’s needs, someone who is friendly and approachable. We need a problem solver, someone who isn’t afraid to find an answer or make a decision.

    Main duties include: Serving customers, stock taking, cash handling, ensuring displays are well maintained and fully stocked, dealing with deliveries and ensuring a clean and safe working environment is kept at all times.

    We are looking for:

    - Retail experience
    - Sales and customer service focus
    - Horticultural knowledge
    - Team leading skills
    - Merchandising skills
    - Point of sale experience
    - Great team players who can also work under their own initiative

    The Role
    Front line retail staff are required. An understanding of horticulture and hydroponics knowledge would also be preferred but not essential. The working week is any 3 out of 7 days. You will receive all of the usual benefits and also receive extensive training in our field of expertise; you will be given all the knowledge you need to become one of our growing experts. From time to time you may be required to work at one of our other stores. The role also includes heavy lifting at times. Uniform will be provided.

    This position is for 24 hours per week (3 out of 7 days), however there may be times where more hours are needed, so flexibility in working hours is essential. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 18.00, Sunday 11:00 - 16:00.

    Starting salary: Minimum wage, dependent on age.

    If you feel you have the necessary experience and skills for this role, please call our recruitment hotline 0161 818 8334 and please state clearly which job role and in which store you're applying for.

    Job Type: Part-time

  • FREE Shipping During Euro 2016 On Orders Of £20 & Over

    Free Shipping During Euro 2016

    At Holland Hydroponics we’re getting into the football spirit as Euro 2016 kicks off this Friday when France take on Romania.

    But our eyes are on England and to help get behind our nations team, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders of £20 and over while we remain in the competition.

    The offer starts on Friday 10th June and will continue until England are either knocked out, or go on to play in, and hopefully win, the final on Sunday 10th July. To qualify, the total value of the items in your shopping cart must be £20 or over, then simply select the FREE SHIPPING option at checkout and we'll deliver your entire order, direct to your door, absolutely free!

    Terms & Conditions:
    - Free standard delivery covers Mainland UK ONLY on orders £20 and over
    - Offer is valid until England are eliminated or go on to win the competition
    - Providing your goods are in stock, we aim to have orders dispatched within 2-3 working days
    - Free delivery does not cover heavy items, the surcharge will still be applicable
    - Free delivery does not include Scottish Highlands, Scottish Islands, Northern Ireland, Isles of Man, Scilly and Wight
    - Free delivery does not include specified delivery dates such as Saturday/Monday/AM/PM

  • All Stores Will Be Closed On Sunday 26th June 2016 For Stock Take

    Stock Take - 26th June 2016

    Can you believe we’re nearly half way through 2016 already, which means our annual stock take is fast approaching! The date is Sunday 26th June and this is to let all our loyal customers know that all four of our stores, that’s Manchester, Burnley, Huddersfield & Flint, will be closed all day.

    The closure will not affect any online orders placed over the same weekend, which will still be processed and shipped (stock allowing) on the following Monday.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused, but the good news is, it’s for one day only, and all stores will be back open at 10am on Monday 27th June.

  • Tips For Keeping Optimum Grow Room Temperatures During The Warm Summer Months

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    One thing we can never be certain of when living in the British Isles is whether we’ll have a hot summer or not as let’s face it, no 2 consecutive years ever seem to be the same these days! One thing we can be sure of is that temperatures will rise, by how much, who knows, but all indoor growers need to be prepared for the warmer months ahead.

    If LED’s are your grow light of choice, you’ve already eliminated one of the main heat sources which can help grow room temperatures rise. If you’re using High Pressure Sodium (HPS) or Metal Halide (MH) lamps, like the vast majority of growers still do, then you’ll be fully aware the amount of heat they can produce. During the winter months, this can be helpful in rising grow room temperatures, but during the summer, can be a hindrance to say the least!

    There are however a few ways to overcome this…

    1. Use an Air Cooled reflector or Cool Tube. Yes, these can have a reduction in the light output, some say by around 10%, but, they not only help extract unwanted warm air making it easier to maintain grow room temperatures, they also allow the light to be physically placed a lot closer to the plants canopy, thus negating any output loss.

    2. If using a more traditional reflector, such as a Euro or an Adjust-A-Wing, try moving it higher than it usually would be, even just a few inches might be enough to help with air flow, keep temperatures down and it won’t affect the final yield as dramatically as some growers think.

    3. Use an Oscillating Fan (or fans) between the light and the top of the plants canopy. All grow rooms should be using these anyway to help keep the air moving, but during the summer if positioned correctly, can help to reduce the temperature. Some of our customers place the fan just under the canopy, blowing up towards the light, while others have it blowing between the light and top of the canopy.

    4. Switch the Lights On period to during the night, rather than following the natural hours of daylight. The night time is generally a few degrees cooler than during the day, which might just be enough to drop the grow room temperature to the desired level.

    It’s not just lights that can generate excessive heat. If using an intake fan for fresh air, make sure it’s being drawn from a different room, or location, that’s significantly cooler as this will help lower the overall temperature. Under no circumstances, especially during summer (unless using a passive intake), should air be pulled in from the same space as the grow room.

    Thermostatic fan speed controllers are also a worthy investment as the desired temperature can be set and the fan (or fans) will be adjusted automatically to help maintain it, too hot and the fan speed will increase, too cold and the speed with decrease. If budgets don’t stretch to a fully automated controller, manual fan speed controllers can also be used, but as you can’t always be in your grow room, these might become a hindrance more than a help if there are any spikes in temperature.

    If growing using a hydroponic or an automatic feeding system (such as an AutoPot) that require nutrient solutions to be pre-mixed and stored in a water tank (which is usually placed in or very close to the grow room), attention should be paid to the temperature. Too high and the solution will become an ideal breeding ground for algae, which also reduces the amount of available oxygen, and will lead to unhealthy plants producing poor yields, or in a worst case scenario, root bound diseases such as pythium.

    There are a couple of ways to combat this. If money is no object, then a Water Chiller is the obvious choice, starting at £300, they aren’t cheap, but will give peace of mind that the temperature of the nutrient solution will be constantly maintained. If a more DIY approach is preferred, a great tip is to fill empty bottles (your old nutrient bottles will do) with water, put them in the freezer, once frozen, place them in your nutrient tank. This will help lower the temperature but you might need to have several bottles in constant rotation so when one has thawed, it can be quickly replaced, rather than having to wait for it to freeze again!

    The warm days can also bring with it the increased chances of bugs invading your grow space, a simple solution is to cover all intakes with Bug Barriers. Made from fine mesh, they allow air to flow, but will stop any unwanted critters from entering the grow room. An even cheaper way is to cover intakes with ladies’ tights (for the fashion conscious, denier rating or colour are unimportant), but be warned, they aren’t as robust, or long lasting as Bug Barriers and an eye should be kept on them as any little rips or tears is an open door for a pest invasion.

    So there you go, a few tips to help keep your grow room at the optimum temperature, your plants healthy and producing high yields during the warm summer months.

  • May 30th Spring Bank Holiday Opening Times

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    Can you believe we’re getting to the end of May already? It’s almost the last Monday of the month, and with that the Spring Bank Holiday: another long weekend to just relax and give your plants a little TLC.

    We have some great offers on throughout May and June, so why not treat yourself (and your plants!) to some new gear? You can save a whopping £75.05 off the 2.4m x 2.4m x 2m Silverback Grow Tent, get 10% off Canna Professional Plus Soil Mix, 15% off the Multiphase Digital Fan Controller or grab some FREE Fly Catchers with a purchase of The Amazing Doctor Zymes Eliminator. We’ve also got some great offers across the entire Plant Magic Plus range, so pop across to our online store and check them all out!

    Whilst you’re off from work this Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 30th May, all four of our shops – Manchester, Burnley, Huddersfield & Flint – will still be open from 11am to 4pm for all your growing needs! Please keep in mind that any orders placed online over the weekend will not be dispatched until Tuesday 31st May. Have a good weekend and of course, happy growing!

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