Longacres Garden Centre

AWARD WON: Best Business Refurbishment, Refit or Extension

Location: Bagshot, Surrey

Managing director: Nigel Long

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

We will develop the e-commerce side of the business and build a warehouse. We will also look more carefully at suppliers because of what happened with Gardman and try to buy more across the group to get the best deals and prices. We will expand cafe and shopping areas at two Bagshot garden centres.

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

Consumer uncertainty over Brexit: whatever happens we could end up paying some form of duty, which will push up prices. Another challenge is educating consumers – a lot of people want to garden but there's a lot of ignorance, so maybe we need an app or something that offers bespoke advice to younger tech-aware consumers.

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

Wyevale is still an opportunity for us in 2019 – we're still in there with a shot. However, we will have to see what's happening when the dust settles to see if anything is left after the big boys have been in and cherry picked the plum centres.

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

The award is good recognition of all our hard work and is excellent for the morale of staff at all levels across out sites.


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

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