GIMA Awards 2016 winners announced

Culminating in a sell-out event, the GIMA Awards 2016 – held July 14 at Celtic Manor – were once again the pinnacle of the garden retail industry’s event calendar. Bringing together manufacturers, retailers, members of the press and industry figures, the event celebrated the great and good, with 16 winners taking home the accolade of GIMA award winners.

GIMA director Vicky Nuttall commented: “I would like to be the first to extend my congratulations to all of the winners. This year saw a record number of entries to the awards, making the judges work even harder as the calibre of product on offer was outstanding. However, with some real stand-out entries, and some tough deliberation, the judges were unanimous in their final decisions – all of which are highly deserving of their awards. My sincerest congratulations to all our winners. They have all demonstrated exceptional qualities, from cutting edge design to inspirational retail support.”

GIMA-307 (1)This year, the GIMA judging panel was made up of Simon Bourne of Perrywood Garden Centre, Liz Brennan from Dobbies, Decco’s Chris Gladwin, Caroline Linger from Wyevale, Scott McCabe from Polhill Garden Centre, Choice Marketing’s Michelle de Lavis Trafford, Julian Winfield from Haskins and GCA chair, Simon Wright of Stax Trade Centres, and finally Neil Pope, editor of Garden Trade News.

“My thanks also have to go to the panel of dedicated judges who gave up their valuable time to take part in this year’s judging process,” Vicky added. “Their combined expertise and market knowledge has been invaluable throughout the judging process, and has helped to create one of the strongest list of winners.

“Finally, I extend my thanks to all those that have entered the awards in 2016, as well as our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to put on an event of this scale.”



GIMA Sword of Excellence

Winner: Smart Garden Products – Eureka! Solar Lightbulb

What the judges said: “The one product you want to take away and put in your garden centre”, “The strongest product in the room”, and “One of the best new products this year.”


GCA Supplier of the Year

Winner: Taylors Bulbs

Finalists: Decco, Scotts Miracle Gro Company, Westland Horticulture

What the judges said: “The team always strive hard to give the service we expect,” and “Simply put, they deliver a good quality product, with a fair price, and deliver on time.”


Gardenex Export Achievement Award

Winner: Hozelock – Hozelock Easy Drip Range


PetQuip Export Achievement Award.

Winner: Symply Pet Products – Canagan Range of Cat & Dog Food



Garden Care

Winner: Neudorff UK – CleanLawn 20 kg

Finalists: Scotts Miracle-Gro – Miracle-Gro Orchid Mist; Scotts Miracle-Gro – Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food Concentrate


Growing, Planting Equipment and Sundries

Winner: Hozelock – Cloud Controller

Finalists: Briers – William Morris Collection; FITT SpA – YOYO the self-extending and retracting hose; Hozelock – Hozelock Easy Drip


Garden Tools, Machinery and Implements

Winner: Crest Garden: Kent & Stowe – Kent & Stowe Lawn Edge Trimmer

Finalists: EP Barrus (Wolf & Wilkinson Sword) – Ultralight Hedge Shear; Burgon & Ball – Groundbreaker Spade; Spear & Jackson – Dual Compound Telescopic Bypass Loppers


Outdoor Leisure

Winner: Zest 4 Leisure – Bahama Round Table and Two Stool Set

Finalists: Zest 4 Leisure – Harriett Table and Two Bench Set; Fallen Fruits – Flower Outdoor Pouffe


Plants, Seeds and Bulbs

Winner: Hawkesmill Nurseries – ‘Herbs for….’ collection

Finalists: Hawkesmill Nurseries – Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’; Scotts Miracle-Gro – Miracle-Gro Gro-ables


Garden Landscaping

Winner: Kelkay – Granite Cobble Mat Sets Quarter Circle

Finalists: Zest 4 Leisure – Brighton Corner Arbour; Forest Garden – Vale Timber Greenhouse – 6′ x 4′; Forest Garden – Basil Multiplay Playhouse


Garden Clothing & Gifts

Winner: Briers – Advanced Gloves

Finalists: Burgon & Ball – Poc-kit gardener’s utility belt; Town and Country – The Collection


Pet Care, Aquatics and Wild Bird Care Products

JOINT Winners: Gardman – Poppy Feeder Dish & Burgon & Ball – Creaturewares

Finalists: Westland Horticulture – Peckish Easy Feeder; Petface – Loktop Squirrel Proof Seed Feeder


Garden Lighting, Water Features & Ornamentation

Winner: Smart Garden Products – Eureka! Solar Lightbulb

Finalists: Smart Garden Products – Snowdrop Solar Flower; Smart Garden Products – Bluebell Solar Flower



Best Point of Sale Material

Winner: Crest Garden: Flopro – Flopro Gun Display Stand

Finalists: Sherwin Williams (Ronseal) – Ronseal Fencelife Plus+; Smart Garden Products – Eureka! Solar Lightbulb; Smart Garden Products – Super Bright Display; Smart Garden Products – Water Features


Best Consumer Product Packaging

Winner: Hozelock – Hozelock Easy Drip Range

Finalists: Kelkay – RHS Horticultural Grits & Sands; Crest Garden: Flopro – Flopro packaging


Best Marketing Communication Award

Winner: Ronseal – Ronseal Fencecare Campaign / Channel 4 Takeover

Finalists: Crest Garden: Flopro – Flopro ‘No Leaks’ campaign; Westland Horticulture – Not Sure, Gro-Sure campaign