Simpsons Garden Centre named one of Britain’s best

by | Feb 28, 2020 | News | 0 comments


Simpsons Garden Centre at Inshes, Inverness, was awarded coveted garden centre of excellence status, an award given to those judged among the ten best in the UK.

The accolade was announced by industry body the Garden Centre Association (GCA) at its annual conference in Bristol, where Simpsons also picked up the award for best destination garden centre in Scotland for 2019/20.

To celebrate the achievement, Simpson’s employees will all receive an extra day’s annual leave this year.

Overall results from the annual GCA audit saw Simpsons place fifth overall out of 200 garden centres across the UK.

The Inverness independent, which marks its 20th anniversary next year, has also picked up the award for best plant area and best restaurant, accolades which reflect the hard work, creativity and enthusiasm of the Simpsons team, according to managing director Andrew Simpson.

He said: “These awards are a fitting reward for all the hard work our team puts in on a daily basis. We take great pride in having the right people with a keen eye for the right product, specialist knowledge across all areas, expertise in the kitchen, the determination not to compromise on standards, and a team that constantly strives to be the best.

“We are also very lucky that we have such a strong and loyal customer base. We listen to our customers so that we continue to deliver the best retail experience we can.

“As a local business, we are also acutely aware of our environmental responsibilities and are always looking at new ways to promote sustainability across the business.”

Simpsons has taken a number of steps to reduce its carbon footprint including introducing recyclable containers for plants in the outdoor area, sourcing 95 per cent of its plant stock from UK growers and using compostable packaging, cups and straws in the award-winning restaurant.

The business is also active in the community, raising funds for local charities and good causes with over £20,000 donated or raised by the Simpsons team in 2019.

Mr Simpson added: “We have some exciting plans for Simpsons Garden Centre as we gear up for our 20th anniversary. We really have come a long way since 2001, with a thriving Highland business that is setting the standard for garden centres in Scotland and across the UK. I am really proud of our team.”

more latest news ➡

GCA Grow recognised at 2024 Totara Awards

GCA GROW platform takes silver at Totara Awards

The Garden Centre Association’s Garden Retail Online Workshops (GROW) e-Learning platform was presented with a ‘Highly Commended’ at the recent Totara Awards. GROW received the accolade in the ‘Best Extended Enterprise Solution’ category and was given a special...

57% of businesses expect never to be cashless

57% of businesses expect to never be fully cashless

Cash is here to stay, with nearly 6-in-10 businesses (57%) expecting to never be entirely cashless despite the widespread adoption of electronic, card and mobile payments. This is according to The Cash Chasm, a new research report from global cash management...

Squire's steady financial results

Squire’s charts a steady course

‘Charting a steady course in marginally calmer waters’ probably best describes Squire’s performance in their financial year ending 31 July 2023, after the somewhat rolling seas of the Covid and immediate post Covid era. This year’s results were, as anticipated, a...

Robert Cook joins Dobbies

Dobbies appoints Robert Cook as board advisor

Renowned hospitality professional, Robert Cook, has joined Dobbies as a board advisor to support the strategic development of its restaurant business. A seasoned hospitality CEO, Robert has led a number of the UK’s hospitality and leisure businesses...

GCA Barometer of Trade figures 'very good'

March BoT figures show a ‘very strong month’ says GCA

The Barometer of Trade (BoT) figures from the Garden Centre Association (GCA) for March 2024 have been revealed and are ‘very strong’ when compared with the same month last year. According to data submitted by the organisation’s member garden centres, none of the...

Rajesh Gupta joins DObbies

Dobbies Garden Centres appoints Rajesh Gupta

Dobbies further strengthens its senior leadership team with the appointment of Rajesh Gupta as Strategy and Business Development Director. Rajesh qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 20 years’ experience in retail working in strategy, business...

Marcus Eyles leaves Dobbies

Marcus Eyles departs Dobbies after seven years

Marcus Eyles has decided to move on from his role as Horticulture Director at Dobbies to pursue a new chapter in his illustrious 40-year career. Marcus joined Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, in 2017 as Head of Online, before progressing to...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This