Glee Buyers Power List 2015: the shortlist

PrintThe inaugural Glee Buyers Power List has been set-up to recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference within the garden retail industry this year. Launched to the market in May the nominations have been flooding in, and details of those shortlisted have been announced by Glee’s organising team at i2i Events. 

Formed of the top nominations in each of the five categories, the shortlist is representative of the leading 50+ buyers and buying teams from retailers across the country. The shortlist is now open to the industry to cast their vote for their top three buyers or teams in each category. These votes will then be counted, with the buyer or team with the most votes being crowned as individual category winners. A ‘winner of winners’ will also be announced during a special Buyers Power List ceremony taking place on Tuesday 15th September, at Glee 2015.

Voting for the top buyer or teams featured in the Glee Buyers Power List shortlist closes on August 28th. Casting your vote couldn’t be easier. Simply log onto www.gleebirmingham.com/Content/Glees-Buyers-Power-List-Vote-for-your-winners to make your vote matter. Voting is open to everyone in the industry.

The Shortlist

Best Online Garden Retail Buying Team

  • Achica
  • Amazon
  • Crocus
  • com
  • Halls Garden Centre/gardensite.co.uk
  • Ideal World
  • Primrose
  • QVC
  • Shop Direct
  • Ocado

Best Multiple Garden Centre Buying Team

  • Blue Diamond
  • British Garden Centres
  • Dobbies
  • Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres
  • Hillview Garden Centre
  • Klondyke
  • Notcutts
  • Otter Nurseries
  • SCATS Country Stores
  • Squires GC
  • Thompsons Plant and Garden Centre
  • Wyevale Garden Centres

Best Independent Garden Retail Buying Team

  • Avant Garden Centre
  • Ayletts Nurseries
  • Barton Grange
  • Bents
  • Burford Garden Centre
  • Capital Gardens
  • Chessington Garden Centre
  • Frosts
  • Garsons
  • Haskins
  • Perrywood GC
  • Polhill Garden Centre
  • Scotsdales
  • Summer Hill Garden Centre
  • Webbs

Best DIY/Builder Merchant Buying Team

  • B&Q
  • Homebase
  • Jewson
  • Ridgeons
  • Stax Trade Centres
  • Wickes

Best ‘Other’ Garden Retailer Buyer Team

  • Aldi
  • Argos
  • Home Bargains (T J Morris)
  • House of Fraser
  • John Lewis
  • Lakeland
  • M&S
  • Morrisons
  • Next
  • Robert Dyas
  • The Range
  • Waitrose

Talking about the Buyers Power List, Glee’s event director, Matthew Mein said: “This may be the first year in which the Buyers Power List will be part of the wider programme of activities taking place at Glee, but I’ve no doubt it will become an integral part of our planning. The response from the whole industry has been fantastic, with nominations coming in thick and fast. The shortlist showcases the hard work and commitment that each retail buyer or team has undertaken in the last 12 months, and we’re so pleased to be able to provide a platform on which this dedication can be celebrated and rewarded. I look forward to revealing the winners next month at Glee 2015.”

Find out more

Glee is the UK’s leading garden retail show, focusing on building year-round profits within core product categories including garden care, landscaping and garden design, pet, food and catering, home, gift and clothing, and plants. In 2014 the show attracted thousands of buyers from top retailers, such as leading UK garden centres, builders’ merchants, multiple retailers, DIY stores and online retailers. To keep up-to-date on all the latest news log onto http://www.gleebirmingham.com.  To book your free ticket to attend Glee 2015 please visit http://www.gleebirmingham.com/Content/Register-for-Glee-2015