Claire Harper

Celebrating Success

4th Apr 2019 • CLAIRE HARPER

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I was delighted to attend Blue Diamond Garden Centres annual awards evening on the 19th March 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 impressive and successful 20 years of leadership at Blue Diamond. Over 500 colleagues from 30 centres were joined by suppliers at the prestigious evening where deserving winners were celebrated across many group departments. It was inspiring to be part of a very positive culture with such energy, flair, loyalty together with a very strong work ethic. It is so important to celebrate success and the execution was outstanding. The group increased like for like turnover by 33% to £128m excluding Wyevale acquisitions and East Bridgeford in 2018 and projected sales for 2019 are £170m. To be part of this award winning, customer focused and growing brand is very exciting. When colleagues feel valued, motivated and inspired it makes all the difference. Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding business. Well done Blue Diamond!

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