Annual GIMA Awards dinner celebrates the great and good of the garden industry, with Scotts Miracle Gro bagging five awards on the night.
Held at the Radisson hotel, Heathrow last night, the GIMA Awards boasted 350 guests across the industry, from retail buyers and garden centre owners, to suppliers and trade association heads. Entertainment was provided by Scottish comedian and radio presenter Fred MacAuley, who also announced the award winners on the night.
Scotts Miracle Gro had a great night, taking home five awards, including the GIMA Sword of Excellence.
The winners by category were:
Garden care - Scotts Miracle Gro Roundup Gel weedkiller
Growing and Planting Equipment and Sundries - Hozelock, seven-litre Heavy Duty Professional
Garden Tools, Machinery and Implements - EP Barrus, Wolf Li-ion Power Hedge Trimmer HTA700
Outdoor Leisure, Garden Structures and Feature - Smart Solar, Aruba Solar Bistro Set
Plants, Seeds and Bulbs - Suttons Seeds, Beginner Gardener Seed Collection and Suttons Seeds, Grafted "Duo" Tomato Plant
Garden Landscaping - Robimatic, Ecobust, rock and concrete demolition
Garden Retail Related Products - Bosmere Products, Salt Spreader
Pet Care, Aquatics and Wild Bird Care Products - Supa Ltd, The More Birds Range of Wild Bird Feeders
The GIMA Sword of Excellence - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Roundup Gel Weedkiller
Best Point of Sale Material - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Expand'n Gro Point of Sale
Best Consumer Product Packaging - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Roundup Gel Weedkiller
Best Marketing Communication Award - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Roundup Gel Weedkiller
Export Achievement Award - Haddonstone Ltd
Supplier of the Year Award - Solus Garden & Leisure
The Hillview Group's Boyd Douglas-Davies also paid tribute to those who got involved with Garden Re-Leaf day and revealed that a massive £52,431 was raised for charity through activities organised by the industry. Mr Douglas-Davies hailed the event as a success and his question of 'will we do it again?' was met by a definitive 'yes' from the audience. However, he added that "it will only make a difference if we all get involved".