Enderby-based Palmers Garden Centre have been named as winners at the annual celebration of the Family Business Awards hosted by Family Business United.
Family Business United is an organisation that champions the family business sector and they created the awards to celebrate and recognise the diversity of family firms across the country and the contribution they make.
Commenting on the win, GTN Extra magazine reported that Palmers Garden Centres won the title Midlands & Central Family Business of the Year in the FBU’s “People’s Choice Awards” which are voted on by the public, as well as winners of the National People’s Choice Champions 2020 award.
Speaking to GTN Extra the Managing Director of Palmers Garden Centres Caroline Palmer, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won these awards. We take the meaning of the word ‘family’ very broadly at Palmers Garden Centres and include not only members of the founding family but also all our staff, suppliers and customers. We’re immensely proud to be a fourth-generation family business and are looking forward to working together to ensure that our business is here for a very long time.
“To win any award is very special but to win two People’s Choice awards which are voted for by the public is incredibly special and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to vote for us.”
A spokesperson from Family Business United told GTN Extra, “2020 has been a tricky year but the show must go on! Huge congratulations to Palmers Garden Centres. To have won not one but two awards at their first attempt is just amazing and demonstrates the high esteem in which they’re held.”
Family owned since 1911, Palmers Garden Centres now comprises of G Palmer and Son (Nurserymen) Limited, Palmers at Ullesthorpe Limited and Hawgrip Plants Limited and have been inspiring gardeners in Leicestershire for over 100 years.
The business is currently run by Caroline and her brother Robert – great grandchildren of the Company’s founder.