Four days to go to entry deadline for Garden Retail Awards

More options and new categories mean further chances for garden industry businesses to showcase their achievements.

Horticulture Week's 2017 Garden Retail Awards, recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement within the garden retail industry.

The awards provide an exceptional opportunity for garden retail outlets and key suppliers to showcase their achievements, innovation and success to customers - and reward staff for their work throughout the year.

They can be used as a powerful tool to support key business objectives, whether through raising the profile of a new service or offering for customers, or simply the encouragement of success.

Hosted by leading industry title Horticulture Week, winners can look forward to their successes being promoted across the brand's digital, social and print outlets, reaching an audience of 100,000 unique individuals every month.

New for this year is a broader range of options for those entering "Garden Centre Outlet of the Year" plus two new categories highlighting the crucial role of specialist garden industry buyers. These join new categories launched last year for the best supplier of plants to the garden centre market and the best garden centre-based landscape service.

Entries are encouraged from garden centres and other retail outlets, as well as retail product and plant suppliers throughout the UK.

Exclusive Awards Insight

In an exciting new initiative this year, all entrants to the Garden Retail Awards will receive an exclusive copy of our new Insight Report. The report will offer exclusive feedback for entrants from a leading business consultant and judge on key learnings from this year's awards, including:

  • Key trends from leading industry businesses
  • Stand-out initiatives and new developments
  • Learnings from businesses exhibiting excellence in catering, customer service, plant buying, refurbishment, digital and more
  • Hints and tips
  • Press and publicity help

Also new this year, all awards finalists will receive a Finalist Press Kit/Media Pack, which includes:

  • Press release for you to use in your marketing/communications activities
  • Finalist logo to include on all print and digital marketing/communication
  • The same kit will automatically be sent to your local newspaper(s) on your behalf

In addition to their winners' trophy, all winners from each category will receive a Winner Press Kit/Media Pack, which includes:

  • Press release for you to use in your marketing/communication activities
  • Winner logo to include on all print and digital marketing/communications

The same kit will automatically be sent to your local newspaper(s) on your behalf, detailing your achievements.

Greenest Garden Centre 2016: B&Q

Categories

NEW! Best Single Site Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

NEW! Best Multiple Site Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Best New Gardening Product

Best New Retail Product (non-gardening)

Retail Plant Supplier of the Year

Best Garden Centre Event

Best Single Site Business Refurbishment, Refit or Extension

Best Multiple Business Refurbishment, Refit or Extension

Garden Centre Outlet of the Year (boutique)

Garden Centre Outlet of the Year (mid-range)

Garden Centre Outlet of the Year (large)

Garden Centre Outlet of the Year (destination)

Multiple Garden Retailer of the Year

Online Excellence Award

Commitment to Staff Development

Community Involvement Award

Greenest Garden Centre

Sales Team of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Garden Centre Landscape Service of the Year

Best Planteria

Catering Excellence Award

Customer Service Excellence Award

Should you have any queries on the entry process, please email sarah.fournier@haymarket.co.uk and see www.gardenretailawards.com

Chris Francis Garden centre director, Hillier

"We are delighted to be the multiple garden retailer of the year. Hillier is all about offering great plants, great products and an engaging shopping experience. Our team has worked hard to achieve our vision and it is brilliant to have their success recognised by the industry." 2016 WINNER

Tim Clapp Head of range, horticulture and garden care, Kingfisher

"I'm proud to work for B&Q for its commitment to sustainable gardening, recognised by B&Q winning the greenest garden centre at the Garden Retail Awards." 2016 WINNER

Ken Cox Managing director, Glendoick Garden Centre

"As well as the great accolade of winning, and the fact that our customers can see how well we are doing, the awards really motivate our staff and gives them tremendous affirmation that they are doing a great job." 2016 WINNER

HOW TO ENTER

To enter the Garden Retail Awards 2017 you need to go to the Garden Retail Awards website - www.gardenretailawards.com - and follow the "Enter now" link.

Any questions, please email Tamsin Ballantyne at tamsin.ballantyne@haymarket.com.

Awards night: 22 February 2017.

Sponsorship

For enquiries about sponsorship, please call Tim Lomas on 020 8267 4847 or email tim.lomas @haymarket.com.


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