Sponsors support Garden Retail Awards

The Garden Retail Awards will be held at Grosvenor House in London on 1 November in what promises to be the garden retail event of the year.

Garden Retail Awards
Garden Retail Awards

Among sponsors that have signed up already are the HTA, Quinton Edwards, Sinclair Horticulture, Greenfield Software and Town & Country.

The sponsors say the awards give them excellent marketing and networking opportunities and attract top people in the garden centre industry to celebrate success and enjoy an evening out.

HTA director general David Gwyther said: "As the trade organisation for the garden industry we place great value on our sponsorship of the Garden Retail Awards. Not only do the awards showcase best practice but they also provide a great source of inspiration and innovation helping to drive up standards within the industry."

Quinton Edwards Simon Quinton Smith said: "The Garden Retail Awards are a good event to be connected with. They give me great presence. Sponsoring the champagne reception, I have to really think it's worth it and I do. It's about getting to know people better at an event that people want to be at."

Sinclair Horticulture managing director Danny Adamson said since last year he has educated himself more about the garden industry, which has confirmed Sinclair's commitment to the community involvement award.

He said: "The more garden centres work with the community, the more they will win if they work with the local community including schools. Garden centres can win hands down seeing people succeed at that level.

Greenfield Software sales director Daniel Harris said: "The reason we have chosen to sponsor the customer service award is because we want to be seen ourselves as promoting good customer service in our industry.

"We try and do as much as we can to improve customer service through our core business of labelling and software stock management systems for nurseries. We have new versions to be released this year and we're getting the marketing ready for new releases at Four Oaks.Greenfield will release new versions of its HLS labelling software and Growmaster stock management systems."

Harris added: "They are 15- to 20-years-old so the new versions are major new releases. This definitely adds to what is available to users out there."

Town & Country chief executive Barry Page said: "Town & Country is delighted to give its support once more to the Garden Retail Awards as the sponsor of the Retail Outlet of the Year: over £3m turnover category.

"We have been entering the Garden Retail Awards for many years and have had numerous successes. However, 2009 was the inaugural year for us as a sponsor and it has proved to be highly successful.

"Last year's awards event gave us the perfect opportunity to network with the garden retail industry which led to a number of new opportunities.

"The start to 2010 has been very positive - and the bad weather had its benefits with a doubling in sales of our footwear range.

"We are working on some exciting new product developments that will be on show at GLEE and we will continue to support the retailer with a range of exciting targeted promotions. We are also in the process of re-launching our website to bring a fresh look and will allow the trade and consumer visitors to navigate effortlessly around the site.

"We will be taking the opportunity to submit entries again this year and have our eye on a coveted award as we believe we have serious contenders among our new products and promotions."

NEW CATEGORIES

- Urban Garden Centre of the Year

Awarded to the garden retail outlet that operates from an urban setting which most impresses the judges. The outlet will need to demonstrate excellence during the qualifying period in using often restricted space to bring in urban, perhaps non-core gardening customers through innovative events, displays and community involvement.

Please also detail profitability, turnover, growth, customer satisfaction, staff motivation/retention, significant improvements in one or more aspect of the business etc. Entrants will submit written evidence with any relevant supporting printed and/or photographic material.

- Garden Centre Trainee of the Year

This category is open to anyone that has been working within a garden centre for less than two years.

The awards entry should demonstrate how the apprentice has made a difference to their business, be it excellent customer service, innovation or going that extra mile.

Entries will be accepted as nominations from retail consumers (please request nomination forms for till points) or managers as well as directly from the apprentice. Staff applicants will detail the personal or career gains you have achieved from participating in your studies and your job and how you have integrated on-the-job and off-the-job training and what benefits this has held.

Project Categories
- Best Themed Promotion
- Most Successful New Plant
- Most Successful New Product
- Best Business Development: New Build, Refit or Launch

Business categories
- Best Concession
- Best Customer Service Awards
- Best Catering Facilities
- Best Pet or Aquatics Department
- Best Planteria
- Retail Outlet of the Year: under £3m turnover
- Retail Outlet of the Year: over £3m turnover

General categories

- Best Online Retailer
- Commitment to Training/Education Award
- Community Involvement Award
- Best Environmental Policy
- Employee of the Year
- Outstanding/Lifetime Achievement Award

Email event organiser: lucy.mclaughlin@haymarket.com or call 020 8267
8057 for further details.
See www.gardenretailawards.com/

SPONSORS

- Town & Country
- Greenfield Software
- Sinclair Horticulture
- Horticultural Trades Association
- Quinton Edwards


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