This year's exciting list of finalists was selected by a panel of expert industry judges from a bumper crop of entries which included businesses operating in all corners of commercial horticulture and related industries.
The shortlist features entrants who are up for one or more awards - and includes leading businesses from garden retail, landscape design, build and maintenance, ornamental plant production, fruit growing and arboriculture.
The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards reception and presentation hosted by Horticulture Week at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on the evening of the 28th June.
The Shortlist in full:
Allensmore Nurseries shortlisted twice
Allen Innes, East Seaton Farm
Angus Soft Fruits
AR Neaves & Sons
Barrell Tree Consultancy
Boxford (Suffolk) Farms
Bridgman & Bridgman
Building Design Partnership
Burgon & Ball shortlisted 3 times
Churchman Landscape Architects
Farplants shortlisted twice
Genesis Plant Marketing shortlisted twice
Grange Farm Nursery
Ground Control shortlisted three times
Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres shortlisted twice
InsideOut Home and Garden Improvements
Johnsons of Whixley
Jon Sheaff and Associates
JPS Landscape Designs
Kernock Park Plants
Longacres Garden Centres
Majestic Trees shortlisted twice
North One Garden Centre
Old Railway Line Garden Centre
The Old Moat Garden Centre
Tong Garden Centre
Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants
Wyevale Nurseries shortlisted 4 times
Commenting on this year's entries, Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe said: "Many congratulations to all our finalists on reaching the shortlist - and a huge thank you to all our entrants for the time and energy they put into their entries for the inaugural Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018."
"We launched the Business Awards to honour, support and showcase to key stakeholders the extraordinary work and achievements of businesses operating in all corners of the UK horticulture industry today."
"The high quality of entries in this inaugural year speaks volumes about the talent, commitment, prowess and resilience of professionals leading today's best horticultural enterprises."
"Our judges' task to choose the finalists and winners was extremely tough. Thanks are due to each of them for their efforts to ensure everyone received a thorough hearing."
This year's expert judging panel included Sally Drury (HW), Tim Waterman (Greenwich University), John Adlam (Dove Associates), Andrew Wilson (ICL), Matthew Appleby (HW), Jane Lawler (Jane Lawler Associates), Laura Garnett (Perennial), Jason Burgess (BGA), Alex Godfrey (NFU), Andrew Marshall (Sinclair Pro), Gill Ormrod (HTA), Gerrard Smith (JTF Wholesale).
The Horticulture Week Business Awards are supported by industry sponsors Solex, Modiform, ICL, HTA, IWS Solutions, Bord na Móna, NFU and Sinclair. This year's charity partner is industry charity Perennial.
Winners announced on 28th June will be featured in the Horticulture Week Business Leaders' Gallery and Directory, and will be invited to take part in a series of exclusive Business Leaders Roundtables throughout the year.
To BOOK TICKETS to the awards reception and presentation, please go to www.horticultureweeklive.com/businessawards/. For more information, email awards manager Sian O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sponsorship, email Roisin Kennedy at email@example.com.