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Team Smart’s Sue Sharp retires

After working 32 years in the garden industry – including 21 of them at Gardman and six at Smart Garden Products – Sue Sharp is retiring.


“What a fabulous industry the gardening Industry has been to work in,” said Sue.  “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunities that have come my way throughout the years. There have been challenges of course but that has been what has made the experience so rewarding.  It has been like a large family and I have made so many lasting friends in the industry over those years.”


This is not the first time that Sue has retired. “I originally retired from Gardman in Autumn 2013 only to join Smart Garden Products in January 2014 which was initially for a year. Working with Paris Natar again – together with some previous and new colleagues as part of the Smart team – has been fantastic.


“I am proud to have been part of Team Smart whilst it has been so actively growing the business.


“Over the past few years it has never seemed the right time to retire and leave – there has always been another challenge and something else to be done. I have really enjoyed helping all the customers to grow their businesses and although I am sad to leave, as with everything there does come a time to say goodbye.


“I do want to thank all the garden centre customers I have been working closely with, for all their support over the years, and wish them together with Smart Garden Products all the very best of luck for the future. 


“In the meantime I am hoping for a little more leisurely time to spend with my family and longer term, to support my hobby of travel just as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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Wishing you a very happy retirement Sue
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