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.  At a special ceremony on 11th September 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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