A business near Leigh is celebrating scooping two of this year’s prestigious Garden Retail awards.
Bents Garden and Home company chairman, Ron Bent, has been honoured by the garden retail industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising his long term commitment and visionary approach to garden centre retailing; an approach which has helped Bents become one of the most successful garden centres in the UK.
Ron’s son and current Managing Director of Bents Garden & Home, Matthew Bent, said: “My father’s approach to the garden centre industry saw the transformation of the Bents business from a small traditional garden centre to an award winning garden, home and leisure destination.
“This award is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work, commitment and passion he has shown not only to our own business but the industry as a whole”
A second Garden Retail award was presented to Bents in recognition of its Commitment to Staff Development. Criteria for the award required Bents to demonstrate a commitment to training of the highest standard and ‘enable colleagues to better their knowledge and career development’.
Matthew added: “We are very aware that much of our success is down to the enthusiasm of our people. We expect the highest standards of customer care from our colleagues so in turn are committed to providing each and every one with a strong personal development programme; an approach which has now been acknowledged by this fantastic award.
“We are hugely proud of both awards, but we are particularly delighted for Ron. He is a very deserving winner and I know all our friends, work and industry colleagues would want to join me in congratulating him on this achievement.”
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