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 and Good luck.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

UK production horticulture can become more profitable under one possible Brexit scenario, while other more drastic scenarios will lead to only minor losses in profitability, in contrast to other farming sectors, according to a new report by levy body AHDB with Agra CEAS Consulting.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

How should agri-tech research for fresh produce function in a post-Brexit UK?

How should agri-tech research for fresh produce function in a post-Brexit UK?

One area affected by the uncertainty around Brexit will be the ongoing development of agricultural technology, seen by many as essential to retain Britain's productivity and competitiveness in fresh produce along with other farming sectors.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon