Dedicated garden centre trade exhibition, Glee, which will take place from September 9 – 12 at The NEC, has revealed the shortlist for its 2019 Buyers Power List, which is designed 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.
Formed of the top nominations in each of the eight categories, the shortlist is representative of the leading buyers and buying teams from retailers across the country. The shortlist is now open to the industry to cast their vote for their top buyers or teams in each category. These votes will then be counted, with the buyer or team with the most votes being crowned as individual category winners during a special Buyers Power List ceremony taking place on Wednesday 11th September (12:30pm – 13:30pm) at Glee 2019.
Best single site independent Garden centre: Almondsbury, Alton Garden Centre, Ayletts Nurseries, Barton Grange, Bents, Chessington, Cowells, Fron Goch, Glendoick, Poplars, The Old Railway Line, Woodstock Buying Group
Best multiple site independent garden centre (5 stores or less): Coolings, Grovewell Garden Centres, Haskins, In-Excess, Planters and Garden King, Longacres, Millbrook, Perrywood, RHS Retail, Rosebourne, Scotsdales, Stewarts
Best Garden Centre group (6 stores or more): Blue Diamond, British Garden Centres, Caulders, Cherry Lane, Choice Marketing, Dobbies, Great Western Partnership, Hilliers, Klondyke Strikes, Notcutts, Otter Nurseries, Squires
Best Supermarket/department store buyer/buying team: Aldi, Asda, Waitrose
Best Online retailer buyer/buying team: Crocus, Ocado, QVC, Richard Jacksons Garden, Gardensite, Amazon, RHS, Waitrose, Wayfair, Greenfingers.com
Best high street garden retailer buyer/buying team: John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Argos, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco, Aldi
Best DIY/Builders Merchant buyer/buying team: Homebase. Screwfix, Wickes, Toolstation, B&Q, Travis Perkins
Best Pet category Buying team: B&M Stores, Bents, Chessington, Jollyes, Knights Garden Centres, Ocado, Pets at Home, Pets Corner, Planters, Scampers, Scotsdales, Waitrose, Squires
Voting for the top buyer or teams featured in the Glee Buyers Power List shortlist closes on August 31st. To cast your vote log onto the website to make your vote matter. Voting is open to everyone in the industry.