AWARD WON: Sustainable Business of the Year

Location: Eastleigh, Hants

Market director for outdoor: Steve Guy

Tell me about your key goals/priorities as a business for 2019.

Customers are telling us they’d like to use fewer chemicals in the home and garden, so we’ll work with our suppliers to develop more sustainable products that are credible from a commercial standpoint. We were first to end use of all neonicotinoid-based insecticides, known to be harmful to bees, so developing toxin-free alternatives like this will continue to be a focus in 2019.

What do you feel will be the biggest challenge for you as a business (or for your sector) in 2019 – and why?

Changing size and make up of UK gardens is an ongoing challenge, so we are looking for ways to provide solutions for every type of garden. Like other industries we’re tackling environmental challenges: we recently introduced our in-store plant pot recycling scheme where the pots are put into the relevant recycling stream at the back of store.

What do you regard as the biggest opportunity for you as a business (or for your sector) in 2019 – and why?

Customers are keen to make their gardens kinder to the environment and more welcoming to wildlife, so there is an opportunity for the sector to educate customers and help them create greener gardens. Also new products: this year B&Q exclusively brought back Britain’s favourite bedding plant, the busy Lizzie, after a six-year hiatus.

What was the best thing about winning a Horticulture Week Business Award for you as a business?

The award gives us a fantastic platform to continue our innovation. Most importantly it means we can celebrate the successes we’ve had so far - during 2017 for example we increased sales of sustainable products to 40% of all sales. It’s also great to recognise and celebrate the commitment to sustainability from all our colleagues.


For full details of categories and how to enter, please go to: www.hwbusinessawards.com

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