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We’re celebrating after winning two prestigious Garden Centre Association awards

We’re delighted to have won two awards at the North East and North West regional Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards that were held at our sister centre, Tingley Garden Centre, on 5th July.

We won awards in two categories for the North East region: The Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant and The Indoor Lifestyle Award for Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer.

Yorkshire Garden Centre’s Group Retail and Operations Manager, Andy Mears picked up the awards at the presentation: “We’re so proud of our team and absolutely delighted that their hard work has been rewarded with these awards in what has been a challenging trading year. It’s particularly pleasing as we have won both awards several times in the past and the judges recognise our drive to give our customers an amazing experience, both in the restaurants and with our product ranges.”

GCA Inspector Colin Farquahar said: “The operational standards within the centres in the North East and North West during this year’s inspection window were truly outstanding with teams ensuring that customers received the best service possible. It was evident from the inspections that winning the coveted awards was a motivating factor for many to go above and beyond on a daily basis, it was a pleasure to inspect in this environment.”

The GCA is a group of 163 garden centres that champions professionalism and membership is only awarded to businesses that pass a stringent audit covering all aspects of garden centre retailing excellence.

Established in 1966, the GCA believes in sharing information and experiences at all levels, from senior management to the shop floor. Every year, its members must undergo a comprehensive annual inspection to ensure they continue to meet the stringent criteria set out by the association and therefore maintain membership.

A big well done to the whole team!

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