190123 The Sustainability Committee at Tong Garden Centre celebrates the FSB shortlist news

Bradford garden centre is shortlisted for a regional sustainability award

The team at a Bradford garden centre is celebrating after being shortlisted for a regional sustainability award.

Tong Garden Centre has reached the final in the Sustainability Award of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards in Yorkshire and The Humber.

Organised by the UK’s leading business campaigner, the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), the awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of small businesses and the self-employed across the UK.

Tong Garden Centre faces competition from businesses including Wakefield’s Tunley Engineering, Skipton-based Comply Direct, Scarborough-based Sea Grown and York-based ecups Limited.

“We are proud to have a robust and attainable ‘Climate and Community’ commitment that details our pathway to sustainability, including initiatives like converting leftover food into renewable energy, harvesting rainwater for irrigating plants and recycling waste oil for biodiesel.

“We are naturally delighted to have been shortlisted with other businesses who are working towards a better future for our planet,” said Tong Garden Centre’s Head of People and Culture, Neil Barwise-Carr.

The winners will be announced at a lunch at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on 24th February that will be hosted by BBC broadcaster, newsreader and producer, Elly Fiorentini.

The successful businesses from each category will secure a place in the UK final later in the year and will have a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year.

Tong Garden Centre occupies a 19-acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest independent garden centres with 11,600m2 of retail space and parking for up to 700 cars. It is part of the Yorkshire Garden Centres (YGC) group that also owns Tingley Garden Centre and Stephen H Smith’s Garden Centres in Otley and Harden, Bingley.