Committed staff at Bradford garden centre rewarded with invitation to the White Rose Awards

The efforts by seven staff members to deliver exceptional service and commitment at Tong Garden Centre are being rewarded with an invitation to a prestigious awards ceremony.

Plants buyer Steve Smith, front of house catering supervisor Jackie Price, kitchen assistant Sam Grainger, tills manager Diane Farrar, sales assistant Ben Hooper, head butcher Andy Pickering and head baker Lee Parnham will accompany some of the management team to the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards on November 12, where Tong Garden Centre is once again shortlisted in the Customer Service category.

All were selected for their positivity and commitment which contributed to the exponential growth during a long, hot summer that saw huge demand for outdoor plants, garden furniture and fresh produce for barbecues.

Tong co-owner Mark Farnsworth said: “Every member of our team works hard to surprise and delight our customers, but these staff members have gone the extra mile to deliver an exceptional level of service and we’re looking forward to attending the awards with them.”

The Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards honour Yorkshire’s £8 billion a year tourism economy and are the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on November 12 at Harrogate Convention Centre.