Year-round product range wins Smart Garden Greatest Supplier Award for second year running

Smart Garden were honoured with the Greatest Garden Products Supplier of the Year Award at the HTA Garden Futures Conference and dinner on Wednesday 4th October at Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire – marking the second year in a row that the company has walked away with the accolade.
The award was presented to Smart Garden’s Managing Director Jonathan Stobart and Sales Director Paul Knott, by BBC rural affairs correspondent and Countryfile presenter Tom Heap, and awards host and founder Trevor Pfeiffer from Garden Trade News and GTNXtra.
Sponsored by Elho and Glee, the award, voted for by garden centres, is given to suppliers that go above and beyond in the service of their retail customers.

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Boyd Douglas-Davies wins Pearson Memorial Medal

Boyd Douglas-Davies has been awarded the Charles Pearson Memorial Medal for his outstanding contribution and service to the horticultural industry.
Boyd, who is CEO of the Hillview Garden Centre Group, was presented with the accolade by HTA President, Adam Taylor, at the HTA Garden Futures Conference held at Heythrop Park on October 4. 
A well-respected figure in the industry, Boyd studied at Pershore College of Horticulture and his career in garden retail has spanned over 30 years.  His career began at his fathers’ business, Clows Garden Centre, before moving across to Webbs of Wychbold where he worked for 20 years up to the position of Chief Executive.  His determination and experience in retail and sales saw Webbs repeatedly recognised by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as the UK’s Best Garden Centre.

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Briers’ new products reinforce quality

Launching eight new ranges at this year’s Glee exhibition, leading garden lifestyle brand, Briers, was keen to display its commitment to higher standards for quality and how that has stepped up even further in the last 12 months.
Briers kicked off their time at Glee 2017 with the help of designer Julie Dodsworth, as well as showcasing an expanded kids range, together with a new licensed range, Pantone. 
Briers is unique within its sector, as the only garden clothing manufacturer that employs a dedicated compliance director.  At key points of the sourcing and manufacturing process this role ensures that all products meet the standards set by the worldwide organisations Briers now belongs to, including SEDEX, FSC, BLC, SATRA and FIRA, ensuring the company achieves worldwide standards.

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