M&C pitched against giants for Glee award

The M&C buying team

Making a splash – some of the M&C buying team with their recently introduced stainless steel water features. Left to right are Peter Wilson (managing director), Michelle McMichan (Christmas/gifts), David Gillies (plants), Carol Fleming (garden sundries). Picture: Marc Hindley, Chit Chat PR & Digital.

The M&C garden centre has been nominated for a prestigious national award alongside the likes of B&Q, Homebase and John Lewis.

Mackenzie and Cruickshank was put forward by its suppliers to win the Best Independent Garden Centre award at a trade show in the NEC in Birmingham.

Glee is the premier trade show for garden centres and outdoor living, and attracts buyers from the largest garden centres in the country.

Buying talent

The award recognises buying talent in the garden centre industry, and M&C will compete with 15 of the biggest garden centres in the country. To give an indication of the level of this award, nominations in other categories include B&Q, Homebase and John Lewis.

Owner Peter Wilson said the nomination is a David and Goliath story.

“The category is a who’s who of the largest and best-known garden centres throughout the UK.

“The M&C buying team travels thousands of miles every year, including trips to Europe to source a unique and varied range of goods to sell.

“To be up against such big names is going to make this a tough competition to win, but it is also recognition of our efforts to buy high quality goods for our customers.”

Individual and unique

M&C’s buying team travel to large trade shows in Harrogate, London and Holland every year to buy stock that is individual and unique.

Peter added: “With such a small local customer base and the need to attract regular visitors to the garden centre from up to thirty miles away, the buying team understands the need to offer a constant changing range of high quality products for sale throughout the year.

“It’s such a great honour for a small family business in Moray to have been recognised by the major suppliers in our industry.

A spokesperson from Glee, said: “The Buyers Power List is Glee’s own way of celebrating the outstanding talent of buyers in the garden retail industry and their influence on the market.”

To vote for M&C, go to https://www.gleebirmingham.com/visit/glee-buyers-power-list

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