Employee of the Year - Sarah Dumont, Fermoy's Garden Centre

As a business, south-west garden centre Fermoy's is community-focused and tries to integrate into local life by working with local producers, businesses and community projects.

Employee of the Year - Sarah Dumont, Fermoy's Garden Centre - image: Fermoy's
Employee of the Year - Sarah Dumont, Fermoy's Garden Centre - image: Fermoy's
Of its 96 staff, Sarah Dumont is an important part of this policy, working with both Fermoy's and the Value House garden centres in north Devon and Weymouth.

She started work on the shop floor at weekends, where her enthusiasm and keenness shone through. It was clear to her bosses that had a lot to offer so she moved on to the customer service desk.

In 2007, she switched again to the marketing department and now runs the company's business development department.

All of Fermoy's community work is instigated by Dumont and managers credit much of the store's success to her persistence. All stores are more than five per cent up on 2010, which they feel is connected to the positive publicity she creates though promotional activities and winning awards.

She has a natural way of encouraging colleagues and people involved to work as a team, it says. She also brings a seemingly unending amount of energetic enthusiasm.

In the past year, Dumont has instigated a schools gardening project working with more than 900 children. The Wheelie Barrow campaign involved more than 60 schools and 4,000 customers voting for their favourite entry. Grow your own sales rose by more than 10 per cent as a result.

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