Categories include Business Innovation of the Year, Vegetable Grower of the Year, Top-Fruit Grower of the Year, Nursery Stock Grower of the Year, Salads Grower of the Year, Soft-Fruit Grower of the Year, Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year, Environmental Initiative of the Year, Best New Variety, Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best Professional Product or Service, Young Grower of the Year, Top Sales or Marketing Professional and Exporter of the Year.
Once the winners of all categories have been announced, it will be time to reveal the winners of the overall Grower of the Year Award for Edibles and the overall Grower of the Year Award for Ornamentals. These Gold Award winners are chosen from the night’s category winners.
The winner of the Gold Award for Ornamentals will be put forward by event sponsor NFU for the 2014 AIPH International Grower of the Year. If they are selected as one of the top five nominees in the world, they will be sponsored to attend this year's contest final, which will be held this September in Qingdao, China. In 2011 UK Grower Awards winner Majestic Trees picked up the silver medal in China after being put forward by the NFU, and in 2010 UK Grower Awards winner Hillier Nurseries took gold in South Korea.
This year’s independent panel of expert judges included: Stockbridge Technology Centre’s chief executive Graham Ward, nursery stock crop consultant John Adlam, British Growers Association commercial manager Tim Mudge, garden industry consultant Neville Stein, nursery stock consultant Andrew Hewson and independent crop consultant Derek Hargreaves.
Sponsors of this year’s UK Grower Awards include: Agrovista, Asda, Botanicoir, HTA, Kubota, Modiform, MorePeople, New Spitalfields Market, NFU, Quinton Edwards, Rijk Zwaan, Sharpak and XL Horticulture.
In contention for this evening's UK Grower Awards 2014 are:
AC Goatham & Son
British Tomato Growers Association
East Coast Growers
East Malling Research
James Coles & Sons (Nurseries)
Produce World Group
Rijk Zwaan UK
Thompson & Morgan
Laura Marner, VHB Herbs
Carolyn Coxe, Produce World
Gabor Lukoviczki, Lovania
George Nobrega, Lovania
Andrew Austin, Majestic Trees
Rick McKeever, Lovania