We’ve only gone and won it! We’re delighted to announce that Bents has been presented with the 2017 title of Best Destination Garden Centre in the UK, beating off competition from over 200 other centres and GCA members.  It is the fifth occasion we have held the award which recognises quality standards within the industry.

Bents were presented with the title by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) following an extensive annual audit which records scores from all member centres. The award comes at the end of what has been a celebratory 12 months as we marked our 80th anniversary during 2017.


Quality Standards

There are many awards available within our industry, but this really is the big one. It is not one that requires a written submission or paid for entry; instead the audit is something that is a requirement of our GCA membership.

It is based purely on quality standards throughout the centre, not only of our products and departments, but also our people and service, which makes it all the more special to receive again this year. We have a great team who work extremely hard and this award is a fantastic way to thank them for their input.


UK’s Highest Result

As with all GCA member centres, Bents received an unannounced spot visit by the GCA auditors in Spring 2017 and we recorded one of the highest scores in the country, which saw us awarded Best Destination Garden Centre in the North West. We then received a further spot check to be re-audited resulting in the UK’s highest result and presentation of the prestigious industry award.

The award also sees Bents being acknowledged as a Garden Centre of Excellence.