In This Issue
Glee 2021: Refueling Garden Retail
Round-up of Glee pictures
Floral Thursday fund raising for Greenfingers
Evergreen launches three new product ranges
Westland Visiroot...visibly better results!
Smart-tech grills to suit any size of garden
Hozelock looks forward to a greener Spring
£7m investment in peat-free roadmap for 2022
Onduline raised the roof at Glee
A successful Glee for Zest
Right product at the right time
Spread some joy with Woodmansterne cards
Exciting launches from premier brands
Meadow View Stone's most successful Glee
Amazing year for Patio Black Spot Remover
Glee New Product Awards - Winners revealed
The shortlisted New Product Awards entries
Glee Buyers Power List Winners Revealed
Best Green Heart Display winners confirmed
Houseplant sales on crest of a wave
Zest 4 Leisure presents over £8,000 to Greenfingers
New date announced for next year’s Glee
Get your copy of GTN Xtra
Blue Diamond donates £10,000 for horticultural scholarships
Vivid Arts’ Rabbit raises over £10,000 for Greenfingers
Greenfingers gardens update
Glee 2021 Show Guide available online
Burgon & Ball extends top-selling indoor range
Altico launch ‘Earth & Green’ specialist Horticultural Grits & Sands for professionals
Cut above the rest – ARS Japanese Pruning Range
Specflue offers something for every garden and budget
Q Garden delivers power, reliability & performance
Apollo introduce range of easy-fit fencing and arches
New innovations for Primeur’s Eco-Garden range
Pot-mate is a simple yet great idea from hobby gardener
Bloomin Amazing is a firmly establish bestseller
Campingaz® Attitude range perfect for limited outdoor space
Springbok Rake stands the test of time
Starring TV role for Protek products
Hygeia grows its UK customer base
Dizmezs - The home of firewood
High-quality range of peat-free, coir-based composts
Yorkshire Flowerpots unveil British made terracotta planters
EKJU furniture brings people together
Vitax showcases growing organic range
Deco-Pak’s crazy golf at Glee held important meaning
The professional grower’s best-kept secret
WHM Pet Group are flying into the new season
Quality gloves for the fashion conscious gardener
Norfolk Leisure turns up the heat
A quality product from a quality supplier
Glee success for Woodlodge as garden industry reunites
Fountasia – first to market with garden décor
Silk flowers are in vogue!
Algon: simple to apply and gives great results
BBQs from BLACK+DECKER and Tower blow away Glee
New products and expansion plans from Garland
Looking for EPoS? Relax, your search is over!
Leon Boots Co donates part of Glee sales to Greenfingers
Natural palm leaves turned into sustainable tableware
PLEYDELL SMITHYMAN – proof is in the pudding
Henry Bell at forefront of eco initiatives
Ecofective Refills use 60% less plastic
Clever Pots make vegetable and plant growing easy
Taylors Bulbs launch new Spring 2022 ranges
Gro Expert brings professional strength plant feeds to market
Garden Sculptures standing proud for Primus
Sizzle next summer with HJ Hall’s new SS22 Collection
Impressive range of water features from Hamac Trading
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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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