The annual GIMA Awards will be returning for its 39th year later this summer (July 4, Celtic Manor), with another glittering night of celebrations. Entry to this year’s awards is now open – with suppliers being urged to not miss out on their chance to win one of the industry’s highest accolades.
Recognising excellence and innovation the GIMA Awards have grown into the largest industry gathering, welcoming both retailers and suppliers from the UK garden retail sector. This year the event will be no different, with nine dedicated product awards, three awards celebrating the best marketing campaigns, plus the Special Achievement, Supplier of the Year, and Export Achievement awards. The overall product winner award – the Sword of Excellence – awarded to Neudorff in 2018, completes the awards roster.
Previous winners have included Gardena, Fallen Fruits, Willow Wand, Primeur, Burgon & Ball, Deco-Pak, Smart Garden Products, Apta, Vitax and Evergreen Garden Care (previously The Scotts Miracle Gro Company). GIMA has said each company has benefitted from the wealth of exposure that comes from being named an award winner, including gaining access to a panel of influential industry judges, recognition in front of hundreds of industry peers, and coverage within both key trade and consumer media.
Vicky Nuttall, GIMA Director said: “The GIMA Awards have gone from strength to strength in recent years. The calibre of entries continues to raise the bar, reflecting the innovation that is driving our industry forward season after season. I’ve no doubt that this year our judging panel – made up of top UK garden retailers and consumer and trade journalists, reflective of the omnichannel nature of our industry – will have their work cut out for them as the scale and quality of entries will continue to rise.
“With 14 categories up for grabs, there is plenty of opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers from across the sector to showcase the best they have to offer. If you have a product or service that you think deserves industry recognition, then what are you waiting for? Entry to the 2019 awards is now open!”
Those brands wanting to enter the 2019 GIMA Awards can do so by visiting http://gima.org.uk/gima-awards/. The closing date for entries is Friday 17 May, with the dedicated judging day confirmed for 18th/19th June. The same web page can also be used to book your place at the 2019 awards ceremony.