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GIMA Awards 2021

GARDENEX EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Winner: Wildlife World Ltd This year, the Gardenex Export Achievement Award was awarded to Wildlife World. The judges’ comments included: “A worthy winner of this year’s Export Achievement Award, showing great initiative and success. When developing a new sales channel in the USA, Wildlife World remarketed its bird care products for the American market, created vibrant and eye-catching instore displays and is now successfully trading with over 50 Wild Birds Unlimited stores, achieving a significant increase in sales in the USA.” Finalists: VegTrug Ltd, Smart Garden Products Ltd

Above: Stuart Kitchen, who announced the winner of the Best Point of Sale Award at Celtic Manor in 2021 was one of the original founders of the GIMA Awards back in 1980. Right: Returning for a second awards in succession, Vernon Kaye, the celebrity host for the 40th Annual GIMA Awards, built up a great rapport with the industry audience. He’s a fan of Hozelock for certain!

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Winner: Dalefoot Composts The GIMA Awards newest award – Sustainability – was a hard-fought category, with Phoenox Textiles, Hygeia, Primeur and West Country Soil Improvement all enjoying finalist status. However, it was Dalefoot Compost who the judges selected as 2021 winner, describing it as, “a company that has sustainability and the environment at the very heart of what it does. As well as delivering a great peat-free product, its peatland restoration work makes Dalefoot a worthy winner of this inaugural Sustainability Award.”

Finalists: Phoenox Textiles Limited, Hygeia, Primeur Limited, West Country Soil Improvement Ltd

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