GCA reveals Scotland and N. Ireland winners

Company: Garden Centre Association's (GCA)
  • Simpsons Garden Centre
  • Mains of Drum Garden Centre

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members in Scotland and Northern Ireland are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening yesterday (Thursday, August 29) at Klondyke Mortonhall Garden Centre.

In Scotland, Simpsons Garden Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category and Mains of Drum Garden Centre in the Garden Centre (GC) category. In Northern Ireland, Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC) received the accolade.

Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “Our final regional awards presentation evening was a great success and it was great to hear from inspector, Jane Lawler, who presented her findings from her inspections, which took place earlier in the year.

“We’d like to thank Klondyke Mortonhall Garden Centre for being fantastic hosts for the evening and all our attendees for taking on all the feedback as we know they will be taking it back to their own centres in order to make any improvements straight away.”

Simpsons Garden Centre was also the winners of the Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Innovation and Creativity, the GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer (DGC), the ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant (DGC) and the Best Outdoor Living Retailer and Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer in the DGC category.

Andrew Simpson, Director at Simpsons Garden Centre, said: “Everyone here at Simpsons is so pleased to receive these awards. A special well done goes to all our teams across the garden centre who work so hard, individually and collaboratively, to inspire each other and our customers on a daily basis.

“These awards not only recognise everyone’s constant and consistent strive towards high standards and customer service, but also shows that we are pushing to motivate and excite our customers with great displays, quality products and ideas throughout the year.

“The GCA inspections are a great way for us all to improve across the board year on year.”

Creative Gardens’ Donaghadee, Galgorm Castle and Bushmills centres all won awards during the presentation.

Philip Gass, Director at Creative Gardens, said: “We are proud members of the GCA and the teams at each centre work hard to impress not only our customers, but the GCA judges every year!

“It’s great to see all three of our centres ranking so highly compared to so many great centres across the whole of the UK – it’s a great boost to everyone at Creative Gardens.”

GCA inspector, Jane Lawler, was responsible for inspecting member garden centres in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

She said: “It was a great pleasure to visit all the Scotland and Northern Ireland GCA members and I was very fortunate to see them all in beautiful spring weather when they were really at their best.

“The retail standards were excellent and the majority of centres I inspected in the region received higher scores than last year which demonstrates their continuous development. My sincere congratulations go to all the winners!”

The national winners of Garden Centre of the Year and Destination Garden Centre of the Year are announced at the GCA annual conference taking place in January 2020.

The 2020 GCA Annual Conference takes place at the Mercure Bristol, Grand Hotel from January 26 until 29. Members will be able to book their places soon and the GCA will be announcing speakers in the near future.

The full results for Scotland and Northern Ireland GCA area awards are as follows for the GC and DGC categories:

Scotland

  • Garden Centre of the Year: Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC) and The Mains of Drum Garden Centre (GC)
  • Best Customer Service: The Mains of Drum Garden Centre
  • Environment and Community Award: Garden Wise – Dumfries
  • The Barton Grange Trophy for Innovation and Creativity: Simpsons Garden Centre
  • The Dick Allen Award for Most Improved Centre: Raemoir Garden Centre
  • The ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant: Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC) and Glendoick Garden Centre (GC)
  • The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer: Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC) and The Mains of Drum Garden Centre (GC)
  • Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer: Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC) and Glendoick Garden Centre (GC)
  • Best Outdoor Living Retailer: Simpsons Garden Centre (DGC) and The Mains of Drum Garden Centre (GC)

Northern Ireland

  • Garden Centre of the Year: Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)
  • Best Customer Service: Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle
  • Environment and Community Award: Creative Gardens Donaghadee
  • The Barton Grange Trophy for Innovation and Creativity: Creative Gardens Donaghadee
  • The Dick Allen Award for Most Improved Centre: Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle
  • The ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant: Joint winners Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle (GC) and Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)
  • The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products Retailer: Creative Gardens Bushmills (GC)
  • Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer: Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)
  • Best Outdoor Living Retailer: Creative Gardens Donaghadee (GC)

The GCA represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide. Through sharing information and its inspection programme the GCA helps members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.

For further information, please call 01244 952170. Alternatively, please visit www.gca.org.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/pages/GardenCentreAssociation or follow the organisation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GC_Association.  

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