Hawley Garden Centre and Nursery scooped the top accolade in the eighth annual Dartford and Gravesham Business Awards 2013.
The Kent centre beat 10 other finalists to win the overall award.
Speaking at a gala dinner at Dartford Football Club’s Princes Park on Friday 4th October, owner Janice East said: "It’s absolutely fantastic. I can’t believe it – we’ve never won anything since we started in 1981. To be recognised like this is brilliant. We entered after our customers nudged us to do so."
East said the prize money would be reinvested in growing plants that currently have to be bought in.
Matt Kear, commercial manager with Lloyds Bank and chairman of the judges, said "You showed a huge amount of passion and commitment. It feels as though we have finally turned the corner and confidence is returning to the marketplace. Your determination and courage in recent challenging times stand you in good stead going forward."
Hawley Garden Centre has also been shortlisted for 'Commitment to Customers' at the Garden Retail Awards 2013, to be presented on 5 November at Grosvenor House, Park Lane.
The awards come two days prior to Hawley's 32nd anniversary on the 7 November.