On Thursday 6th June at an award ceremony held in The Mayfair Hotel London, St Bridget Nurseries won Homes & Gardens Family Business of the Year 2019. The garden centre business were also joint runners up in the South and South West Regional Category.
The Family Business awards are now in their seventh year and were organised by Family Business United who are a resource centre for family businesses and their advisors. The evening celebrated the vital contribution that family businesses of all sizes play in the UK economy. The entries were diverse and showed evidence of innovation, investment, passion and pride. All of Great Britain was represented from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and all parts of England.
St Bridget Nurseries were nominated for an award at the start of the year and then joined a list of fourteen shortlisted companies for the South & South West region. Each shortlisted company was then invited to submit a detailed entry for use by the judges. These entries covered how each family business is governed, key milestones, company values, the involvement of the company in the larger community and how well the company is doing fiscally. In April, St Bridget Nurseries were told that they were finalists along with six other companies for the region and they were one of three national finalists for the Homes & Gardens Category.
At the awards ceremony, Tammy Falloon (Managing Director for St Bridget Nurseries and the fourth generation of the family business) was presented the award by Anthony Gallagher from the award sponsor Easigrass. Tammy said “I am truly honoured and delighted to win this Family Business of the Year Award. This award not only goes to our wonderful team of staff but the teams before them who helped my ancestors build their vision and dream so I can take it forward into its next century.”
St Bridget Nurseries has been a family business since it was founded in 1925. Now in its fourth generation the business still grows over 85% of the plants it sells in the company’s two Exeter based garden centres. When asked what makes their business so special, they answered: “Everything, you will have to visit to see! It’s the people. We’ve been in business for over 90 years. We’ve survived two generations of ‘only children’ so luckily succession planning went well and now we are a rare but strong Mother & Daughter team. We couldn’t have got where we are without the support and loyalty of our wonderful team of staff. Many of which have been with us for 30 plus years!”
St Bridget Nurseries has garden centres at Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, EX5 1AE and Old Rydon Lane, Exeter, EX2 7JY.