Location: Kings Acre, Hereford
Managing director: Andy Johnson
Tell me about your key goals/priorities as a business for 2019.
Apart from the obvious navigation of any Brexit fallout, we have bold plans to continue our programme of developing our container, tree and transplant units. We will also seek to innovate with products and develop our team to cope with higher levels of production and sales.
What do you feel will be the biggest challenge for you as a business (or for your sector) in 2019 – and why?
Despite our apprenticeship and management trainee schemes, availability and costs of employment will continue to be a challenge for all of us. Brexit and all it’s ramifications and the challenges of staying ahead with ever-changing biosecurity concerns are further challenges. Commitment to do the right thing comes at a cost but should not be skimped upon.
What do you regard as the biggest opportunity for you as a business (or for your sector) in 2019 – and why?
Without a shadow of doubt our long-standing commitment to growing a full product range ourselves. Providing customers with the one-stop-shop will be coming into its own, especially for our tree division. We have a great platform to build upon, having been investing over the last few years in all areas of production.
What was the best thing about winning a Horticulture Week Business Award for you as a business?
It is testament to several years' hard work, innovation and focus. Maintaining year-on-year growth always drags on returns as stock is built up. So it was great for all our staff to receive further recognition for the work they have been doing. Also, it is great to be part of an industry that celebrates its successes, while this award cements our position of one of the UK’s top nurseries, bringing additional exposure and credibility to prospective new customers.
***THE 2019 HORTICULTURE WEEK BUSINESS AWARDS IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES!***
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