We've just been named by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as Best Outdoor Living Retailers in the south Thames regional awards. Garsons of Esher also scooped Best Indoor Lifestyle Retailer while Garsons of Titchfield has been awarded for Best for Customer Service.
Both of our sites had to undergo a rigorous inspection before being named best in Outdoor Living, Customer Service and Indoor Lifestyle out of 50 garden centres in the south Thames region. The GCA inspectors arrived unannounced at our stores over the spring and early summer months to evaluate the garden centre offer and observe staff in action.
In the report, the inspector noted that our staff were "extremely professional and portrayed a very positive image" and the garden centre had an "excellent display and merchandising which is among the best I have ever seen this season".
Garsons director Ben Thompson said: "I am immensely proud of these awards. It is very satisfying to know that what we are offering is among the best it can be, and reflects the dedication of the team here at Garsons who provide a wide choice and be of a high standard - consistently."
The GCA represents around 180 garden centres across the UK and each one is inspected annually. GCA chief executive, Iain Wylie, said: "To be the best in a category recognises a lot of hard work and an ongoing commitment to improvement in retailing standard and customer expectation".
This celebrated news comes shortly after being awarded with a Retas "Best Garden Centre Retailer of Greeting Cards" Award – it's a turning out to be a summer to remember.
Proud winners at Garsons Esher. Top left to right: Gordon Emslie, GCA Inspector. Christian Darby, Garsons Supervisor for the Outdoor Leisure department. Mike Lind, GCA Chairman. Gary Carvosso, GCA South Thames Area Chairman. Bottom left to right: Tarsha Wenban, Garsons Gifts Sales Assistant. Kerry Ford, Garsons Gifts Sales Assistant. Nikki Macey, Garsons Garden Centre Assistant Manager.
Proud winners at Garsons Titchfield. Top back left to right: Gordon Emslie, GCA Inspector. Mike Lind, GCA Chairman. Middle left to right: Tommy Longhurst, Garsons Garden Care Sales Assistant. Simon Gregg, Garsons Garden Care Supervisor. Callum Hartley, Garsons Planteria Sales Assistant. Gary Carvosso, GCA South Thames Area Chairman. Bottom left to right: Clare James, Garsons Director. Clark Lambert, Garsons Seasonal Sales Assistant. Gemma Albury, Garsons Gifts Sales Assistant.