Celebrations are taking place at Haskins after the garden centre group was acknowledged at this year’s Garden Centre Association South Thames regional awards.
The title of ‘Garden Centre of the Year’ in the Destination Garden Centre category was awarded to Haskins’ Roundstone centre. The Roundstone centre also scooped ‘The Barton Grange Trophy for Innovation and Creativity’, and first place for The GIMA Award for ‘Best Garden Products Retailer.’
Other award wins included first place for ‘Best Customer Service’ for Haskins’ Ferndown centre and joint first in the ifse Award for ‘Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant’ for Haskins’ West End centre.
Lisa Looker, brand director for Haskins Garden Centres, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised across multiple categories and it is a fantastic achievement for the group that all centres reached the highly commended category.
“The awards are testament to the hard work of our team as they continually strive to deliver the best service and provide the best experience for our customers.”
Simon Hallam, centre manager at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, commented: “I’m delighted that our Ferndown team has achieved the Best Customer Services award. To be placed in the top three Best Garden Centres on the south coast is a tribute to all the hard work everyone has put in over the last twelve months.
Nick Joad, centre manager at Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone, commented: “We’re so proud to win the Garden Centre of the Year Award and I’m so pleased for my team. All their hard work delivering excellent service and consistently high standards has been recognised.”
James Varney, assistant general manager at Haskins Garden Centre in West End, commented: “I speak on behalf of all West End centre staff, when I say that we’re unbelievably proud to receive this award. We were up against some really strong competition, so it’s a real accolade for us. The team truly deserve it as they work so hard.”
David Lilly, centre manager at Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill, commented: “It’s great to see Haskins recognised in so many categories and more importantly that all centres scored above 80% with Snowhill making that for the first time. I’m proud of my team for achieving this and we will continue to work hard to maintain this level.”
The winners were announced during a presentation on Wednesday July 26 at Castle Gardens in Dorset. The categories were inspected by Michael Cole, the previous managing director of Notcutts Garden Centres in Suffolk.
The Garden Centre Association represents nearly 200 garden centres nationwide, helping members to achieve high standards in customer service, plant quality and reliability.
Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex.
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