Tong Garden Centre joins group promoting tourism to Yorkshire

Tong Garden Centre joined Welcome to Yorkshire's Y30 partnership, a group of Yorkshire-based businesses working to champion the county.

Sir Gary Verity and Mark Farnsworth - image: Tong Garden Centre
Sir Gary Verity and Mark Farnsworth - image: Tong Garden Centre
In the last two years, new owners Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson have invested over £1 million to transform the business creating more than 100 new jobs.
In addition to improvements to the shopping experience, the centre has added the Grass Hoppers Adventure Playground, which has been enjoyed by over 115,000 children.
Earlier this year, Tong Garden Centre won Destination Garden Centre Outlet of the Year and Customer Service Excellence Awards at Horticulture Week's Garden Retail Awards in London.
Farnsworth said: "It's been an incredibly busy two years. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of the team, we have attracted new customers and welcomed back former customers. We have been delighted with the results so far. We're extremely pleased to have provided employment for 100 local people and together we have raised over £10,000 for Yorkshire charities.
"We're very proud of our Yorkshire roots and felt that our second anniversary was an ideal time to strengthen our links with leading tourism agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, by joining Y30. This group of businesses are ambitious, innovative and share Tong's passion for championing Yorkshire."
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said: "We're delighted to be working so closely with such a fantastic business. Tong Garden Centre is leading the way when it comes to destination shopping, offering a first-class experience for the whole family with its brilliant combination of retail, food and play. The team have achieved so much in just two years and I know they'll continue to go from strength to strength."
In the last 12 months, the catering areas and Food Hall at Tong have been overhauled; the business invested in TV advertising for the first time and partnered with TV gardener, Katie Rushworth to bring inspirational garden ideas to Tong's customers.

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