Take risks, urges lifetime achievement winner Richard Jackson

The Greenfingers founder and QVC gardening presenter said garden retailers should risk but not ignore the "no-brainers" in his acceptance speech at the Garden Retail awards.

Jackson, who also founded garden centres including Camden that had training arms for disadvantaged people, said garden retailers should take advantage of Garden Re-Leaf, on 18 March, and suppliers should use the Garden Press Event, which he also launched, on 18 February.

He added that garden centres must focus on better staff training to differentiate themselves from other retailers.

Jackson's award was the culmination of the Garden Retail awards at the Connaught Rooms in London, attended by more than 300 garden retail professionals.

See the full list of award winners here.

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