Bents Celebrates Success At The North West Family Business Awards

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The North West Family Business Awards 2023 ceremony was a night to remember as the regional champions were crowned in front of a packed audience.  Named as a finalist earlier this year, Bents were delighted to be announced as the winner of the Retailer & E-tailer of the Year category on the night.

A fantastic achievement came so soon after the Centre was awarded Best Destination Garden Centre in the UK at this year’s Garden Centre Association Awards.

Organised by The Family Business Community, this highly anticipated event celebrated the success and accomplishments of family-owned businesses throughout the region and this year’s award ceremony soared to new heights at the Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester airport.

With an audience of 500 in attendance were some of the most distinguished names within the North West family business world including entrepreneurs, industry experts and leaders who all came together to recognise the achievements of the North West’s most innovative and successful family businesses.

Said Matthew Bent: “What an incredible achievement! Last year marked our 85th anniversary; 85 years since my grandparents started to grow roses from the front garden of their terraced house, just yards from where we are today.  I think they would be very proud of how our family business has grown. We have a great family of colleagues who work extremely hard at all times and this award is a fantastic way to thank them for all their input, especially after what have been a challenging few years.”

The awards were once again presented by food writer, broadcaster and proud northerner Nigel Barden along with co-founders of the Family Business Community, Dave Clarkson & Sue Howorth who have expressed their delight at the success of the event: “We always want to create an unforgettable experience for all attendees, and bringing the awards back to Manchester again added an extra layer of magic to the occasion.

“The turnout was our largest to date and felt a fantastic energy in the room which was incredible. We’re so grateful for everyone who came out to support the awards and recognise the hard work and dedication of our North West family businesses. It was truly an unforgettable night for everyone in the room!”

Judges’ comments on the night: “This winning 3rd generation family business is known for its exceptional service and wide range of products. Their family heritage is very evident to see, balanced with being performance driven and healthy culture which can be experienced from the moment you walk through the doors.”