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AWARDS

Celebrating success Blue Diamond celebrated their annual awards last month at Chateau Impney in the West Midlands with Fermoys and Le Friquet winning the Acorn and Oak Cups for Blue Diamond Garden Centres of the Year. Trelawney and Redfields won the Blue Diamond Restaurant of the Year Awards and Managing Director Alan Roper was presented with a special award to recognise his 20 years at Blue Diamond. Over 500 staff from the 30 centres were joined by suppliers at the prestigious evening where winners were lauded across the group activities from Stock Management to Pastry Chef of the Year.

Award Winners 2019 Stock Management Award: 3 Shires Home Award: Carol Spain - Fermoys and Sarah Thompson - Redfields Christmas Award: Dennis Risdon - Trelawney and Matt Gouveia – Le Friquet Visual Merchandising Award: Suzie Young – Redfields

On receiving his award from Chairman Simon Burke and Life President Geoffrey Dorey, Alan said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute. There are 500 people in this room and there is a strong bond and strong connection between everyone of you. The energy, the sense of achievement and all being proud to work together as a great team..” Earlier in the evening Alan announced a new centre development had been agreed at Elveden in Suffolk with further developments in progress at Totley in the Peak District, Tewkesbury and Scotch Corner. “The group increased like-for-like turnover by 33% to £128m, excluding Wyevale acquisitions and East Bridgford, in 2018 and projected sales for 2019 are £170m.

Fashion Award: Helen Danning – Trelawney and Amanda Brown-Reed – St Peters Garden Care & Décor Award: Julie Sills – Harlow and Clye Hooper – Le Friquet Garden Features & Containers Award: Andrew Lloyd – 3 Shires Wild Animals Award: Suki Crook – St Peters Furniture & Outdoor Leisure Award: Tracey Uphill – Chatsworth and Matt Gouveia – Le Friquet Seeds & Bulbs Award: Fergus Keating – Brambridge Park and Tina Luker – Trentham Seasonal Plants Award: Martina [Mallet] – Matlock and Anna Lancaster – Redfields Hardy Plants Award: Peter Shirley – Fryers and Gemma Woods – Derby Indoor Plants Award: Katie Wardell – Newbridge and Kevin Fleming – Trentham Best Garden Centre for Social Media Engagement: Grosvenor Best Garden Centre for Customer Engagement and Loyalty: Fermoys Customer Service Superstar: All Blue Diamond Customer Service Managers Head Chef of the Year: John Waldron – Newbridge Pastry Chef of the Year: Tracey Miller – Chatsworth Restaurant of the Year: Trelawney and Redfields Core Garden Centre of the Year, The Acorn Cup: Fermoys Destination Garden Centre of the Year, The Oak Cup: Le Friquet.

24 April 2019

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