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Fermoys and Le Friquet are the Garden Centres of the Year at Blue Diamond

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Blue Diamond celebrated their annual awards last night at Chateau Impney in the West Midlands with Fermoys and Le Friquet winning the Acorn and Oak Cups for Blue Diamond Garden Centres of the Year.  Trelawney and Redfields won the Blue Diamond Restaurant of the Year Awards and Managing Director Alan Roper was presented with a special award to recognise his 20 years at Blue Diamond.

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Over 500 staff from the 30 centres were joined by suppliers at the prestigious evening where winners were lauded across the group activities from Stock Management to Pastry Chef of the Year. Full list of winners below.


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Blue Diamond Awards 2019 190319_GTN237 Alan Speccial Award.jpgOn receiving his special award from Chairman Simon Burke and Life President Geoffrey Dorey, Alan said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute. There are 500 people in this room and there is a strong bond and strong connection between everyone of you. The energy, the sense of achievement and all being proud to work together as a great team. All I can do is lead, but you need a great team of people.  Without exception you’re just brilliant.  Thank you.” 


Earlier in the evening Alan announced a new centre development had been agreed at Elevden in Suffolk with further developments in progress at Totley in the Peak District, Tewkesbury and Scotch Corner.


“The group increased like for like turnover by 33% to £128m excluding Wyevale acquisitions and East Bridgford  in 2018 and projected sales for 2019 are £170m.


Full list of Blue Diamond Award Winners 2019:

Stock Management Award: 3 Shires


Home Award: Carol Spain - Fermoys and Sarah Thompson - Redfields


Christmas Award:  Dennis Risdon - Trelawney and Matt Gouveia – Le Friquet


Visual Merchandising Award: Suzie Young – Redfields


Fashion Award: Helen Danning – Trelawney and Amanda Brown-Reed – St Peters


Garden Care & Décor Award: Julie Sills – Harlow and Clye Hooper – Le Friquet


Garden Features & Containers Award: Andrew Lloyd – 3 Shires


Wild Animals Award: Suki Crook – St Peters


Furniture & Outdoor Leisure Award: Tracey Uphill – Chatsworth and Matt Gouveia – Le Friquet


Seeds & Bulbs Award: Fergus Keating – Brambridge Park and Tina Luker – Trentham


Seasonal Plants Award: Martina Mallett – Matlock and Anna Lancaster – Redfields


Hardy Plants Award: Peter Shirley – Fryers and Gemma Woods – Derby


Indoor Plants Award: Katie Wardell – Newbridge and Kevin Fleming – Trentham


Best Garden Centre for Social Media Engagement:  Grosvenor


Best Garden Centre for Customer Engagement and Loyalty:  Fermoys


Customer Service Superstar: All Blue Diamond Customer Service Managers


Head Chef of the Year: John Waldron – Newbridge


Pastry Chef of the Year: Tracey Miller – Chatsworth


Restaurant of the Year: Trelawney and Redfields


Core Garden Centre of the Year, The Acorn Cup: Fermoys


Destination Garden Centre of the Year, The Oak Cup: Le Friquet.


The awards in each category were presented by the group specialist teams based on performance over the whole of 2018 against the Blue Diamond BPI measures (Business Performance Indicators including profit per customer.)  Centres are grouped according to size with smaller “Core” centres grouped as Acorn and larger “Destination” centres as Oak.





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