The presentation for the first-ever Horticulture Week Awards was a sell-out success last week. More than 450 industry figures packed the Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel in London. Twenty companies and individuals took plaudits after proving they are sector leaders.
Haymarket Publishing Group chairman Lord Heseltine, TV presenter Fiona Bruce and comedian Paul Thorne entertained the audience, who danced into the early hours in the ballroom of the prestigious new four-star £120 million hotel.
A distinguished panel of judges looked for high quality, integrity, community involvement, efficiency, innovation and much more. Chairman of judges Graham Clarke said they were impressed by what they saw. He added that the winners will serve to inspire others within the industry to achieve even greater things.
Hillier Nurseries scooped two awards for its tree-growing business, while Notcutts won a brace of prizes for its inspirational Rake Out Your Old Tools campaign. And Royal Parks stalwart Mike Fitt was a popular recipient of the Individual Excellence Award. Gavin Jones Grounds Maintenance Division celebrated in style after taking the Amenity Contractor of the Year prize. Winners later acknowledged the rewards that winning will bring in marketing — and sales — opportunities.
Next year’s awards scheme promises to be even bigger and better. Companies that missed out in 2005 should contact Phillippa Robinson at Haymarket Events on 020 8267 4145 or email phillippa.robinson@ haynet.com.
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