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Glee New Product Awards - Winners revealed
The shortlisted New Product Awards entries
Glee Buyers Power List Winners Revealed
Floral Thursday is back tomorrow
Final day opening times
Glee 2021 Show Guide available online
Evergreen Green Care launches three new product ranges
Burgon & Ball extends top-selling indoor range
Altico launch ‘Earth & Green’ specialist Horticultural Grits & Sands for professionals
ARS Pruning reaching new heights
Adding new sales opportunity to pots market
Dizmezs - The home of firewood
Yorkshire Flowerpots to showcase British made terracotta planters
Introducing the future of plant feeds to deliver superior performance 
New product category for Meadow View Stone
Q Garden delivers power, reliability & performance
Warming up with new Tower BBQs and Outdoor Heaters
Hygeia grows its UK customer base
Zest invests in robust and sustainable supply
Woodlodge and RHS launch outdoor pot collaboration
Norfolk Leisure turns up the heat
Gro Expert brings professional strength plant feeds to garden market
High-quality range of peat-free, coir-based composts
Displays to enhance your shoppers experience
Impressive range of water features from Hamac Trading
Say hello to traditional wood smoked cooking
Apollo gardening introduce range of easy-fit fencing and arches
PLEYDELL SMITHYMAN – proof is in the pudding
Focus on lightweight garden roofing system
Quality gloves for the fashion conscious gardener
Test your crazy-golfing prowess on Deco-Park stand
Sizzle next summer with HJ Hall’s new SS22 Collection
Grow your card sales the easy way…
Hozelock pledge commitment to sustainable gardening
Specflue offers something for every garden and budget
New products and expansion plans from Garland
WHM Pet Group are flying into the new season
Bloomin Amazing is a firmly establish bestseller
EKJU furniture brings people together
Vitax showcases growing organic range
Help eco-savvy consumers refresh their gardens
Algon: simple to apply and gives great results
Clever Pots make vegetable and plant growing easy
Taylors Bulbs launch new Spring 2022 ranges
Leon Boots Co to donate part of Glee sales to Greenfingers
Springbok Rake stands the test of time
Ecofective Refills use 60% less plastic
The professional grower’s best-kept secret
Amazing year for Patio Black Spot Remover
Henry Bell at forefront of eco initiatives
Garden Sculptures standing proud for Primus
A quality product from a quality supplier
Glee 2021 gets off to an amazing start
Evergreen to invest £7m in drive towards peat-free future
Glee introduces COVID-19 Status Checks
Glee 2021: COVID-19 measures FAQ
Houseplant sales on crest of a wave
Top reasons why plant buyers should visit the Glee Green Heart
New date announced for next year’s Glee
Get your copy of GTN Xtra
Everything you need to know about PAW @ Glee 2021
Gardenex plays host to International Buyers’ Centre at Glee
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Vivid Arts’ Rabbit raises over £10,000 for Greenfingers
Greenfingers gardens update
Zest 4 Leisure presents over £8,000 to Greenfingers
Pet firms are barking up the right tree at Glee
Name that Seed Mix!
Win John Lewis Vouchers on CPL stand
Blue Diamond donates £10,000 for horticultural scholarships
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Glee Buyers Power List Winners Revealed


The winners of the Glee Buyers Power List were revealed today. 


The Glee Buyers Power List was 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.


This year’s Buyers Power List was voted for by readers of Glee Daily News and GTN Xtra.  When voting closed at midnight last night (Tuesday) almost 1,000 votes had been made.


Speaking at the Glee Buyers Power List awards ceremony, which was well attended by retailers and suppliers alike, Glee’s Event Director Matthew Mein said: “The Glee Buyers Power List was set up to recognise some of the most essential of our industry employees - garden retail buyers. After the most challenging of times for retail in general we are particularly proud to announce this year’s winners, who’ve done so much to keep trade buoyant and in good shape as we carve out a new normal. The biggest possible congratulations are due to all the very worthy winners and the many excellent shortlisted nominees.”


The winners received their awards at a special presentation at lunchtime.


The Nominations and Winners 2021


Plants Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

  • Andy Bunker – Alton Garden Centre
  • Marcus Cousins – Aylett Nurseries
  • Will Clark – Barton Grange
  • Tom Cook, Rod Austin & Julian Palphramand - British Garden Centres
  • Mel Livingstone - Fron Goch
  • Jessica Logan – RBG Kew

Winner: Marcus Cousins – Aylett Nurseries


Garden Care Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

  • Derek Bunker – Alton Garden Centre
  • Andy Matthews & Paul Williams – British Garden Centres
  • Ian Underwood – B&Q
  • Keith Wilbin – Downtown Garden Centre
  • Matt Shorter - Longacres
  • Ross Allen – Milestone Garden Centre
  • Duncan Wills – Stewarts Garden Centre

Winner: Duncan Wills – Stewarts Garden Centre


Outdoor Leisure Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

  • Ian Richardson - Garsons
  • Keith Laird – Hayes Garden World
  • Matt Shorter – Longacres
  • Darran Oakley – Squires
  • Peter Self – Whitehall Garden Centres

Winner: Darran Oakley – Squires



Landscape Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

  • John Birch – Baytree Garden Centre
  • David Danning - Blue Diamond
  • Dan Kirby – British Garden Centres
  • Paul Smith - Chessington Garden Centre
  • Scott Provan – Klondyke
  • Mick Bruniges – Oaktree Garden Centre
  • Jack Slater – Summerseat Garden Centre 
  • Michelle Thompson – Thompsons Garden Centres

Winner: Dan Kirby – British Garden Centres


Home & Gifts Buyer/Buying Team of the Year 

  • Emma Davis – British Garden Centres
  • Sarah Cooksley – Dobbies
  • Claire Jenner - Frosts
  • Geoff Stapleton – Gates Garden Centre

Winner: Emma Davis – British Garden Centres


Pet Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

  • Sue Shaw - B&M
  • Zack Sargent – Bents Garden & Home
  • Chessington Garden Centre
  • Dan Reep – Squires Garden Centres

Winner: Chessington Garden Centre


Retail Food & Drinks Buyer/Buying Team of the Year 

  • Claire Bryce - Barton Grange
  • Melanie Sykes - Bents
  • Phil Hales – Gates Garden Centre
  • Longacres

Joint Winners: Claire Bryce - Barton Grange and Longacres


Christmas Buyer/Buying Team of the Year

  • David Danning - Blue Diamond 
  • Chris Slack - Frosts
  • Michelle Martin – Haskins
  • Stuart Whalley – Rosebourne

Winner: Chris Slack – Frosts


Overall Multiple Garden Retailer Buying Team of the Year – 6 stores or more

  • Blue Diamond
  • British Garden Centres
  • Caulders
  • Dobbies
  • Hillier Garden Centres
  • Klondyke
  • Notcutts
  • Squires Garden Centres

Winner: British Garden Centres


Overall Independent Garden Centre Buying Team of the Year – up 5 stores 

  • Alton Garden Centre
  • Aylett Nurseries
  • Gates Garden Centre
  • Haskins
  • Longacres
  • Rosebourne Garden Centres
  • Thompsons Garden Centres
  • Webbs

Winner: Aylett Nurseries


Matthew Mein added: “I would also like to thank all those who took time to vote for their retail superstar, every one of whom deserved to be recognised. Hard-working retail staff are the lifeblood of our industry and I’m delighted so many people also felt they deserved to be recognised at the Glee Buyers Power List Awards.”

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