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  • Bradford business wins Garden Centre Association awards for the third year running

     The team at Tong Garden Centre are celebrating after winning multiple awards for the third consecutive year at the North East and North West regional Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards.


    Tong collected awards in four out of nine categories for the North East region. It won Garden Centre of the Year in Destination Garden Centre Category and was awarded the ifse Award for Catering Excellence for Best Garden Centre Restaurant. The Tong Lane centre also won The GIMA Award for Best Garden Products retailer and won Best Outdoor Living Retailer.


    The Catering Excellence award rewards centres for the appeal of the catering offering and surroundings, hygiene, friendliness and minimum waiting periods whilst the Outdoor Living award focuses on display, range, link selling, inspiration and instore signage and information.


    Tong’s Commercial Director, Sharon McNair is delighted with the team’s ongoing success: “The fact that we have won Best Destination Garden Centre for three consecutive years reaffirms our position as one of the leading garden centres in the North of England.


    “These awards are testament to the hard work of the whole team here at Tong, they work tirelessly to ensure that all of our visitors have a great experience and we are incredibly proud of all of them”.


    GCA Chairman, Mike Lind from Monkton Elm Garden and Pet Centre in Somerset, congratulated the team on their outstanding performance. He said: “Since acquisition only four years ago, Tong Garden Centre has made remarkable progress and continues to go from strength to strength to deliver an engaging experience for their customers. This vision, drive and the efforts of all the team make them worthy winners.”


    The national winners will be announced at the annual GCA conference in January 2020.


    The GCA is an elite group of 200 garden centres that champions professionalism and membership is only awarded to businesses that pass a stringent audit covering all aspects of garden centre retailing excellence. The results of the annual audit form the basis for the awards.


    Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1000 cars.