The 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. Voting has been open since early summer, with nominations flooding in from all corners of the market. This afternoon (Wednesday 11th September) at a special ceremony the winners were revealed.
Speaking at the Glee Buyers Power List awards ceremony, which was well attended by retailers and suppliers alike, Glee’s Event Director Matthew Mein confirmed: “The Glee Buyers Power List was set up to recognise a key group of decision makers in the gardening industry who have often been overlooked: garden retail buyers. Through this initiative, we are pleased to be able to celebrate and reward their hard work and dedication. Our huge congratulations to all of the winners, the finalists and the many excellent shortlisted nominees.”
Best Single Site Independent Garden Centre
WINNER: Ayletts Nurseries – collected by Julie Aylett, Managing Director, and Adam Wigglesworth, Director.
Alton Garden Centre
The Old Railway Line
Woodstock Buying Group
Best Multiple Site Independent Garden Centre
WINNER: Grovewell Garden Centres – collected by Edward Bolt, Director, and Lee Morgan, Buyer Co-ordinator
Planters and Garden King
Best Garden Centre Group
JOINT WINNERS: Blue Diamond – collected by Alan Roper, Managing Director & Notcutts – collected by Colin Dale, Category Head – Plants & Garden Sundries)
Grovewell Garden Centres
Planters and Garden King
Best Supermarket/Department Store Buyer/Buying Team
WINNER: Waitrose – collected by Caroline Linger of Crocus (accepting on behalf of Waitrose)
Best Online Retailer Buyer/Buying Team
WINNER: Richard Jackson Garden Shop – collected by Laura Hall, Head Buyer
Best High Street Garden Retailer Buyer/Buying Team
WINNER: John Lewis – collected by Caroline Linger, Crocus (accepting on behalf of John Lewis)
Best DIY/Builders Merchant buyer/buying team
WINNER: Homebase – collected by Tristan Sissons, Tony Kersey & Stephen Pitcher
Best Pet category Buying team
WINNER: B&M Stores – collected by Sue Shaw and team
Knights Garden Centres
Pets at Home
Matthew Mein added: “I’d love to offer my sincerest congratulations to all those who were shortlisted, and also to this year’s winners. There is no doubt that you are all highly deserving of their commendations. Our thanks also to all of those that took the time to vote – your continued support of the awards is greatly appreciated.”
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