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Yesterday seven buyers/buying teams from across the garden retail sector were given reason to celebrate having been awarded one of the 2022 Buyers Power List awards. This awards ceremony, taking place on day one of Glee (28th June, NEC Birmingham), has become synonymous with market best practices and has quickly become one award that buyers and buying teams hope to scoop following another busy and successful year of trading.

 

Voting has been open since early summer, with this year’s event attracting more nominations than ever as suppliers and the wider market look to recognise the extraordinary efforts made by these retail professionals.

 

Speaking at the Glee Buyers Power List awards ceremony, Glee’s Event Director Matthew Mein said: “A massive congratulations to all our winners, all of whom are wholly deserving of this accolade. It’s been another busy year of trading so to hear of so many buyers and teams going above and beyond to secure the best possible offering is a true testament to our industry and to the growth of garden retailing. We love hosting these awards and it’s thanks to those that nominate and vote, and those buying teams who are setting the standard, that we are able to continue to add them to the Glee offering so a huge thank you must go to everyone who got involved this year.”

 

The full list of winners is as follows:

 

Landscape Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winner: Andy Wrightson at Webbs

Second place: Andy Harris at Haskins, Dan Kirby at British Garden Centres, Keith Wilbin at Downtown Garden Centre

Third place: David Danning at Blue Diamond

SHORTLIST:

 

  • Andy Harris at Haskins
  • Andy Wrightson at Webbs
  • Dan Kirby at British Garden Centres
  • David Danning at Blue Diamond
  • John Birch at Baytree Garden Centre
  • Paul Smith at Chessington Garden Centre

 

 

 

 

Plant Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winner: The Bourne family at Perrywood

Second place: Choice Marketing team

Third place: Plants Team at Hillmount

SHORTLIST:

 

  • Choice Marketing Team
  • Glen Sheldrake at Burford Garden Company
  • Matt Shorter at Longacres
  • Nick Chutter at Summerhill Nurseries
  • Plants Team at Hillmount
  • Taylor Baines at Blue Diamond
  • The Bourne family at Perrywood

 

 

Garden Care Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winner: Matt Shorter at Longacres

Second place: Bryn Saysell at Blue Diamond,  and Amy Green at British Garden Centres

Third place: Jackie Cook at Notcutts

SHORTLIST:

 

  • Aaron Saunders and Matthew Ball at Stax Trade Centres
  • Adam Szabo at Charlies Stores
  • Amy Green at British Garden Centres
  • Bryn Saysell at Blue Diamond
  • Jackie Cook at Notcutts
  • Kevin Beckett at Yarnton Home & Garden
  • Liz Brennan at Dobbies
  • Matt Shorter at Longacres
  • Mike Cook at Choice Marketing
  • Robin Mercer at Hillmount
  • Terry Head at Stewarts Garden Centres

 

 

Outdoor Leisure Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winner: Nigel Gates at Gates Garden Centre

Second place: Jay Bunker at Alton Garden Centre, Keith Wiblin at Downtown Garden Centre, Nick Haydon at Fakenham Garden Centre

Third place: Gemma Mercer at Hillmount Cheshire

SHORTLIST:

 

  • David Hibbert at Stax Trade Centres
  • Gemma Mercer at Hillmount Cheshire
  • Jay Bunker at Alton Garden Centre
  • Keith Wiblin at Downtown Garden Centre
  • Kevin Beckett at Yarnton Home & Garden
  • Nick Haydon at Fakenham Garden Centre
  • Nigel Gates at Gates Garden Centre

 

 

Home & Gift Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winner: Kati Taylor at Fron Goch

Second place: Gates Garden Centre

Third place: Rosebourne Garden Centres

SHORTLIST:

 

  • Edith Mercer at Hillmount
  • Gates Garden Centre
  • Glen Sheldrake at Burford Garden Company
  • Kati Taylor at Fron Goch
  • RHS Wisley
  • Rosebourne Garden Centres

 

 

Pet Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winner: The Old Railway Line

Second place: Paul Williams at British Garden Centres

Third place: Polhill Garden Centre

SHORTLIST:

 

  • Dan Reep at Squires
  • Emma Bostock at Pets at Home
  • Knights Godstone
  • Paul Williams at British Garden Centres
  • Planters Tamworth
  • Polhill Garden Centre
  • Sue Shaw at B&M
  • The Old Railway Line

 

 

Retail Food & Drinks Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

Winners: St Peters Worcester

Second place: Garsons Esher

Third place: Bents Home & Garden

SHORTLIST:

 

  • Barton Grange
  • Bents Home & Garden
  • Garsons Esher
  • Gates Garden Centre
  • Hannah Warr at Laylocks Garden Centre
  • Pughs Garden Centres
  • St Peters Worcester


STILL SO MUCH TO SEE AT GLEE 2022

Day one of Glee 2022 might be over but there are still two days of the show to go and there is so much to see!  With an exhibition footprint exceeding pre-pandemic numbers, over 180 brands never before seen at Glee and one of the largest international contingents seen at the show for several years, this year’s Glee offers unrivalled insight into the ongoing growth and diversification of the garden retail sector.

 

Whether you are looking to source new and exciting supply partners, want the inside scoop on how sustainability is leading the charge within new product development to make gardening greener than ever, or simply want to network with your peers or gain vital insight into those issues that are shaping our sector then a trip to Glee will most certainly not fail to deliver. Join us tomorrow and Thursday to find out more.

 

To register for your free ticket simply visit www.gleebirmingham.com/visitor-registration.

 

To enquire about exhibiting at Glee 2023 which will take place June 27th – 29th, please call +44 (0)203 3545 9752.

 

Ends

 

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Kimberley Hornby, Glee PR Team, Hornby Whitefoot PR

Tel: 07851 610573 Email: kimberley@hornbywhitefootpr.co.uk

 

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