Glee Buyers Power List 2019: the winners

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.”

The winners!

 

Best Single Site Independent Garden Centre

 

WINNER: Ayletts Nurseries – collected by Julie Aylett, Managing Director, and Adam Wigglesworth, Director.

 

SHORTLISTED

 

Almondsbury

Alton Garden Centre

Barton Grange

Bents

Bents

Chessington

Cowells

Fron Goch

Glendoick

Poplars

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

 

SHORTLISTED

 

Coolings

Haskins

In-Excess

Planters and Garden King

Longacres

Millbrook

Perrywood

RHS Retail

Rosebourne

 

Scotsdales

Stewarts

 

 

Best Garden Centre Group

 

JOINT WINNERS: Blue Diamond – collected by Alan Roper, Managing Director & Notcutts – collected by Colin Dale, Category Head – Plants & Garden Sundries)

 

 

SHORTLISTED:

Coolings

Grovewell Garden Centres

Haskins

In-Excess

Planters and Garden King

Longacres

Millbrook

Perrywood

RHS Retail

Rosebourne

Scotsdales

Stewarts

 

 

 

Best Supermarket/Department Store Buyer/Buying Team

 

WINNER: Waitrose – collected by Caroline Linger of Crocus (accepting on behalf of Waitrose)

 

SHORTLISTED:

Aldi

Asda

 

 

Best Online Retailer Buyer/Buying Team

 

WINNER: Richard Jackson Garden Shop – collected by Laura Hall, Head Buyer

 

SHORTLISTED:

 

Crocus

Ocado

QVC

Gardensite

Amazon

RHS

Waitrose

Wayfair

Greenfingers.com

 

 

 

Best High Street Garden Retailer Buyer/Buying Team

 

WINNER: John Lewis – collected by Caroline Linger, Crocus (accepting on behalf of John Lewis)

 

SHORTLISTED:

 

Sainsbury’s

Argos

Morrisons

Waitrose

Tesco

Aldi

 

 

Best DIY/Builders Merchant buyer/buying team

 

WINNER: Homebase – collected by Tristan Sissons, Tony Kersey & Stephen Pitcher

 

SHORTLITED:

 

Screwfix

Wickes

Toolstation

Screwfix

Wickes

B&Q

Travis Perkins

 

 

 

 

Best Pet category Buying team

 

WINNER: B&M Stores – collected by Sue Shaw and team

 

SHORTLISTED:

 

Bents

Chessington

Jollyes

Knights Garden Centres

Ocado

Pets at Home

Pets Corner

Planters

Scampers

Scotsdales

Waitrose

Squires

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

Find out more

Glee is the UK’s leading garden retail show, focussing on building year-round profits for buyers and suppliers within the core gardening and outdoor leisure product categories.  To keep up-to-date on the latest Glee news visit www.gleebirmingham.com.  To enquire about exhibiting at Glee 2020 call 020 3033 2160.

 

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