Simpsons Garden Centre named one of Britain’s best

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.”

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