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Glee Buyers Power List 2019: the winners

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, the winners were revealed yesterday at the show

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.'

gleebirmingham.com


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