Best Urban Garden Centre of the Year - North One Garden Centre

The whole North One site in London is just 425sq m so every plant, pot and product has to be chosen with care. Everything has to earn its place.

Best Urban Garden Centre of the Year - North One Garden Centre - image: North One
Best Urban Garden Centre of the Year - North One Garden Centre - image: North One
The garden centre buys in small quantities so is able to offer a wide choice of plants. It also provides a plant ordering service for larger quantities.

Plants are laid out in inspirational displays that are educational and combine colour, shape, height and texture that can be translated into customers own gardens.

About 75 per cent of customers are under 40 and the family business and its carefully chosen staff aim to create a life-enhancing environment for everyone who visits.

Last year North One held a first for garden centres, a singles evening, attracting 100 people and a lot of positive publicity.

The centre has an annual budget for donating to local schools and charities in the Islington/Hackney area and staff give talks to horticultural societies and help schools plant space.

Turnover grew by two per cent in 2010-11 to £924,643 and net profit increased by 34 per cent. This was achieved by increasing gross margin from 57 per cent to 60 per cent and bringing down overheads by 21 per cent, reducing stock levels and negotiating favourable terms with suppliers. Sales were up 17 per cent by the end of May 2011.

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