Hugo Scott Russell, Travers Nettleton and Katie Nettleton, partners in a new venture that involves the acquisition of the Blanchard Collective in Marlborough by the Nettletons, who own Garden Art Plus in Hungerford.

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Following Margaret and John Riordan’s recent retirement after 10 years of ownership of the Blanchard Collective in Marlborough, Wiltshire, the company has been acquired by new owners.

They are Katie and Travers Nettleton, directors of Garden Art Plus in nearby Hungerford, Berkshire.

The Blanchard Collective offers 18 dealerships selling high-end English, Swedish, French and Italian antique furniture and decorative antiques to both the trade and privates housed in a 6000 sq ft purpose-built premises.

At the Barrs Yard collective, a mile away, the Nettletons have run Garden Art Plus, which offers a large stock of garden antiques including statuary and fountains, for the past 12 years and will be exhibiting at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Hugo Scott Russell, who led the expansion of Home House, one of the largest private clubs in London, joins the Nettletons as a partner and will run the Blanchard Collective on a day-to-day basis.

He said: “Over the next two years, the plan is to incorporate/move all of the existing dealers and members of the Blanchard Collective down to the Barrs Yard site where Travers Nettleton has had his plans accepted to expand the site to contain five new units.”