Simpsons Garden Centre in Inverness has been awarded the Garden Centre of Excellence award at this years’ Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference.
It’s the icing on the cake for the local business, which already picked up Best Destination Garden Centre in Scotland for 2016 at the end of last year.
Overall results from across the UK have put Simpsons as one of the top ten garden centres out of over 200 GCA garden centres UK wide.
The Inverness based independent has already picked up the award for the Best Destination Garden Centre in Scotland, Best Plant Area and Best Restaurant and this continued recognition from the sector’s official governing body is great testament for Simpson’s hard work and determination as well as a great achievement for Inverness’s thriving business community.
“The awards tell us that we’re doing something right,” says MD Andrew Simpson. “It comes down to a whole variety of things working together – the right people with a keen eye for the right product, great staff service, specialist knowledge across all areas, expertise in the kitchen, and the determination not to compromise on standards, whether it’s a cake for the restaurant or a tree for the garden.”
Andrew Simpson believes a big part of the company’s success is down to its strong and loyal customer base. In recognition of this, Simpsons strive to give something back to the community that has supported them from the beginning, regularly raising funds for a number of local charities with over £11,000 raised last year.
Iain Wylie, GCA Chairman said “To attain the Garden Centre Association’s “Centre of Excellence” is an outstanding achievement. The award is only given to the top ten garden centres nationally each year. The award is determined by a rigorous, independent, inspection process. I congratulate Simpsons on not only becoming one of the top 10 centres within the UK but also the best destination centre in Scotland.”