Didn’t we do well?

We’re absolutely chuffed to bits after winning five awards at the North East and North West regional Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards.

We collected awards in five out of nine categories, winning Garden Centre of the Year in Destination Garden Centre Category, the Dick Allen award for the Most Improved Centre and the ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant. We also won The Gima Award for Best Garden Products retailer 2017 and the Outdoor Living Award for Best Outdoor Living Retailer.

Our Commercial Manager,  Sharon McNair picked up the awards at the presentation evening at Klondyke Strikes Wilmslow Garden Centre last week: “We were over the moon to win! The fact that we were only awarded membership of the GCA in May 2016, just one year after the centre was acquired by Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson, and have gone on to win five awards is a real credit to our fabulous team – they thoroughly deserve it for all of their hard work.”

GCA inspector Roger Crookes commented: “Our inspection is incredibly detailed so success at this level in our industry is testament to the extremely high retail standards that the team at Tong have strived to achieve. I was extremely impressed with the successful combination of garden retail and leisure to create an outstanding family destination. I will be watching Tong Garden Centre closely as they continue on their exciting journey.”

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.