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Glee Buyers Power List 2017 – nominations now open

Celebrating the most outstanding buyers from the garden retail industry, nominations for the 2017 Glee Buyers Power List is now open! 

First launched to the market at Glee 2015 – and receiving a wholly positive response from the garden retail industry - the Buyers Power List is designed to provide suppliers and retailers with a platform to recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference, and whose decisions are helping the garden retail industry to thrive.

Maintaining this successful format, there will be five individual categories, with votes invited from across the industry, with everyone from heads of purchasing to suppliers eligible to vote.

Nominations can be submitted via, with 3rd July marking the cut-off point to nominate your favourite buyer or buying team.  

The Buyers Power List categories have been confirmed as:
  • Best Independent Garden Centre
  • Best Multiple Garden Centre
  • Best DIY / Builder Merchant Buying Team
  • Best Online Buyer/ Buying Team
  • Best ‘Other’ Garden Retail Buyer/Buying Team
Once all nominations have been received a shortlist will be drawn up, with the top 10 names from each category being announced on 14th July.  This list of the top 50 buyers and buying teams will then be subject to peer nominations, where those shortlisted have the opportunity to cast one final vote, to decide on an overall winner in each of the five categories.

The Buyers Power List ‘winner of winners’ will then be announced during a special ceremony at Glee 2017. Taking place on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th September, the ceremony will see representatives from both the retail and supply side of the garden industry come together to celebrate another impressive 12 months of trading.

Talking about the Buyers Power List, Glee’s event director, Matthew Mein said: “I am incredibly pleased to confirm that the Buyers Power List will be returning once again at Glee 2017.  Last year’s event was extremely well received and drew hundreds of entries from a wide range of retailers, suppliers and members of the press. The true value of these awards lies in the fact that it is peer voted, making any nomination or win a truly meaningful event for those lucky enough to make the cut. I look forward to seeing who the industry chooses to award this year.”  

To keep up-to-date on all the latest Glee news log onto or call 020 3033 2160 to find out about exhibiting.

Pictured: Blue Diamond were last year's Best Multiple Garden Centre winners.
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