From The Editor - Production and retail showcase

With the first entry deadlines for two of the industry's leading awards schemes looming, this is the perfect time to start thinking about which categories can best support your goals this year - and get cracking on those entries.

First up, the Garden Retail Awards 2017 has a deadline for submission of entries of 20 October, just one week from now. Meanwhile, the UK Grower Awards 2017, which will celebrate the achievements of the UK's outstanding production sector, reaches its "early bird" deadline for both edible and ornamental categories on 3 November.

The awards provide a brilliant opportunity for businesses and individual professionals to showcase their achievements and innovation to customers, and to reward staff for their great work. They can also be used as a powerful tool to support key business objectives - for example, through raising the profile of a brand new service for customers.

Winners will see their successes promoted across Horticulture Week's digital, social and print outlets, reaching an audience of 100,000 unique individuals every month.

In an exciting new initiative, all entrants to the Garden Retail Awards will receive an exclusive copy of our Insight Report offering feedback for entrants on key learnings from this year's awards, including top trends, standout initiatives and more. Meanwhile, winners and finalists in both the awards schemes will receive a media pack for use in marketing, while we will also contact your chosen press on your behalf to help you make the most of your success.

If you would like help deciding which are the best categories for you and your business, don't hesitate to contact me directly. For more information go to www.gardenretailawards.com and www.thegrowerawards.co.uk. Good luck.

- kate.lowe@haymarket.com


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