Should you be looking for the recipe for a successful horticulture business, then you need to look no further than Green-tech. With its energetic young sales team, wide range of products and excellent customer service, it is no wonder that this Yorkshire-based, family business is thriving.
Sales director Richard Gill, who has been with the company for 16 years, explains that the firm has recently achieved its best sales months on record. "We’ve just had our first ever £2m months — one this March and one in November last year (2018)."
This fantastic achievement is particularly poignant because the firm, founded by Richard and Rachel Kay, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Gill notes that Green-tech continues to thrive because of its high standards. "Why is it important to support excellence in the industry? Quite simply, because ‘excellence’ is what we do."
He adds: "If you are a landscaper and need multiple products, we pride ourselves on being able to provide those goods in just one consignment. We need to stock a very wide range of material because the industry is so diverse. We stock around £1.6m of material at any one time. We are trying to make landscapers’ lives a little easier by being able to turn their orders around at the last minute."
Gill points out that Green-tech, which employs more than 80 people, also prides itself in supporting other exceptional companies in the horticulture industry. "We love our industry and we like it to be recognised — in fact, I don’t think it’s recognised enough," he says.
"Landscaping is often the part that is left to last when the construction budget runs out. Saying that, the horticulture industry is an exciting place to be in at the moment. Environmental issues have never been talked about so much and green credentials are very high on people’s lists. That’s a good thing for us because, as an industry, we are supplying materials that help the environment, help trees and other plants last longer and ensure they are planted in the best possible way."