Robert Hall was delighted to present Westland Horticulture with an award for Best Consumer Product Packaging for their product Westland SafeLawn at the GIMA awards 2017 and who went on to win its top award the GIMA Sword of Excellence.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
Robert initially worked in the industry from the 1960s as a schoolboy and joined his family company (Hall's Garden Supplies) in 1979. The business was established by his late father Gerald in 1952 and was deemed to be one of the first garden centres of its kind.
Over the years Robert has seen many changes within the industry and he is very well experienced in judging new and innovative products that he feels will benefit the consumer as well as the industry as a whole.
Robert told me "My experience keeps my expectations grounded but I am always looking forwards as innovative new products within the industry are the life blood for its future. I am looking forward to the judging and fully expect to find some products that meet that criteria".
The GIMA annual awards are very well renowned within the Garden Industry recognising excellence in new products, marketing and export success and they attract entrants from all of the leading manufacturers. It is a prestigious award to receive but it is certainly not the sole domain of the established brand leaders. In fact Robert would actively encourage all manufacturers, large and small to enter products for the 2017 awards.
It is expected there will be over 200 entrants before the judging takes place in Warwick on June 21st, but it is certainly not too late to put your products forward. You can enter the awards online at www.gima.org.uk where the closing date for entry is 26th May. Products or marketing samples should arrive by post or courier or can be delivered in person to the judging venue.
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