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Zest, Hex Living, Supremo, Eco Fuego, Pit Boss and 4 Seasons Outdoor win SOLEX 2024 Awards
Yorkshire Garden Centres to join the Tillington Group
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Ark Wildlife unveils new brand identity
Moda at Autumn Fair grows fashion accessories sector
HTA and APL members impress judges and crowds at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
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RHS Peat-Free Garden finds permanent home
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Zest, Hex Living, Supremo, Eco Fuego, Pit Boss and 4 Seasons Outdoor win SOLEX 2024 Awards

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Zest, Hex Living, Supremo, Eco Fuego, Pit Boss and 4 Seasons Outdoor were the winners in the SOLEX 2024 Awards, presented by Dion Dublin this evening at the NEC.


The honours were announced at the SOLEX Awards Ceremony & Afterparty – a night of celebration, networking, and a thrilling football-themed evening to coincide with the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-finals.


Ex-England footballer Dion Dublin shared insights and predictions before the semi-final match between Spain and France.


The award winners were


Best Small Stand

Zest Outdoor Living

Judged by Sarah Bowers, Thrive Charity

Judge’s comment: “Excellent, well laid out, well staged with right amount of information.”


Best Medium Stand

Hex Living

Judged by Linda Petrons, Greenfingers Charity

Judge’s comment: “The colour palette runs through the stand, right down to the orange geums in the lovely planters. I can envisage the furniture in stores and also in the garden.”


Best Large Stand 


Judged by Phil Swainston, The Perennial Charity

Judge’s comment: “Great branding, brilliant product display and point of sale.”


Best Eco-Friendly Product

Eco Fuego – El Campo Firepit

Judged by James Shorey, Planetmark

Judge’s comment: “Very clued up on the impact. By design, a simple product that reduces impact on the environment and waste.”


Best Individual Product

Zest Outdoor Living – Terrazzo Outdoor Kitchen

Judged by Richard Truscott, Almondsbury Garden Centre

Judge’s comment: “Affordable outdoor kitchen that is well built. A lovely addition to any garden. A great upsell and margin opportunity.”


Best BBQ Product

Pit Boss – Titan Wood Fired Pellet Grill

Judged by Scott McCabe, BGC Group

Judge’s comment: “A very well built 8-in-1 grill/smoker/sear/bake/bbq/grill/roast/char-grill. A good bit of kit for the money.”


Best Furniture Product 

4 Seasons Outdoor Sardinia Corner Chaise Sofa

Judged by Sharon McNair, Tong Garden Centre

Judge’s comment: “Beautiful product, excellent service from 4 seasons.”


See gallery of the winning stands, winning products and from the Atferparty below...

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Best Small Stand – Zest Outdoor Living
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