Jamie Foy of Weber with the Mercer Family at Hillmount Garden Centre who have won a national award for their BBQ team. www.hillmount.co.uk

Jamie Foy of Weber with the Mercer Family at Hillmount Garden Centre who have won a national award for their BBQ team. www.hillmount.co.uk
Jamie Foy of Weber with the Mercer Family at Hillmount Garden Centre who have won a national award for their BBQ team. www.hillmount.co.uk

Hillmount Garden Centre’s plants have been blooming in gardens across Northern Ireland for 75 years and, last Saturday (2 January), the garden centre celebrated its best trading day since opening its doors in 1940.  Then, at the Garden Trade News and Garden Radio Awards, Hillmount Garden Centre beat off competition from garden centres across the UK to win two national awards.

Hillmount won the Gold award for ‘The Greatest Christmas Sizzle Team of 2015’ recognising their efforts in selling barbecues in winter to customers who wanted to use a BBQ for cooking their Christmas turkey.  And, the family owned garden centre also won Northern Ireland ‘Greatest Festive Catering Team’ celebrating excellence in teamwork in The Gardener’s Rest.

Alan Mercer, managing director, Hillmount Garden Centre, said:  “Last year was a very special year at Hillmount as we celebrated 75 years in the business.  Starting 2016 with these two awards for our BBQ department and café is testament to the efforts we put into the business in the run up to Christmas.

“And when we saw customers queuing outside before we opened last Saturday we knew we were in for a busy day on our first day back after Christmas.  It’s just starting to sink in that we achieved our best trading day in 75 years on the first Saturday of January 2016!  Starting off the year this way is very exciting and gives us a great boost as we plan for the rest of the year.

Trevor Pfeiffer, managing director of The Garden Communications and Media Company, publishers of Garden Trade News, said:  “Our Greatest Awards are all about celebrating excellence in garden centre teamwork.”

Hillmount Garden Centre has two stores – one on Upper Braniel Road, Belfast, and one on Belfast Road, Bangor.  For news of spring events and the latest offers at Hillmount – www.hillmount.co.uk, www.facebook.com/hillmountgardencentre, www.twitter.com/hillmountgarden