Kernock Park Plants

AWARD WON:  Wholesale Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year

Location: Saltash, Cornwall

Managing director: Bruce Harnett

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

To build on our current success: we are increasing business year on year and selling even more than we did in our golden years of 2011 and 2012. We will also invest – we've just completed another glasshouse to take on stock from poly tunnels – and we will invest in more LED technology for production areas.

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

Brexit is an unknown and that creates uncertainty, but it just magnifies existing challenges in areas such as costs, administration, exchange rates and logistics. A major challenge for the sector is uncertainty in another area: retail. Big question marks over the future of Wyevale and Homebase mean customers don't know who they will be selling to next year and this creates instability.

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

Our ability to continue improving on what we have already achieved in 2018 and keep investing in systems and processes, but not necessarily big capital investments. We will continue to explore new and exciting products and markets to open up more opportunity in 2019.

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

It's a reminder. To our customers, suppliers, other stakeholders and of course ourselves of what we are achieving and the standards we are reaching. It recognises our own successes and the quality of our production and quality of product, our work practices and environmental processes. And apart from the PR benefits, it's a crucial pat on the back for all the efforts of our staff.


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