Arboretum, Rachel & Awards
EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards
Arboretum has been recognised over the last few weeks with several accolades, firstly our owner and creator Rachel Doyle was recognised by Ernst & Young and nominated as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. This process involved a comprehensive ten-month development programme and gruelling interview process before a large panel of industry experts.
“It was scary going before 12 to 18 people, all of whom are amazing, to be interviewed about my business. The last time I was before an interviewing panel was when I was getting into horticulture college 45 years ago,” Rachel revealed. “But it was exciting, too, and good fun. There’s a mixture of fear and excitement to it.”
The Gala awards ceremony were held on October 25th and while we didn’t come away with the overall award, the prestige of being nominated and shortlisted is the achievement in itself and some fun too as Rachel got whisked away for two-day retail retreat as part of the process:
“We had brilliant speakers and one day was better than the other. It’s such an honour to be part of that group of people. Overall, it’s been an amazing few months, it’s such an honour to be chosen. It’s something that I hadn’t even dreamed of,” Rachel revealed.
Retail Excellence Awards 2019
Arboretum did walk away with the National Garden Centre of the Year 2019 award from the Retail Excellence gala in Killarney on November 10th, nominated among the Top 30 stores throughout Ireland, we were delighted to be named best garden centre in Ireland again this year, for the second time in three years.
We were also a top 3 finalist in the website of the year awards and very proud of both achievements, the awards highlight the best of the best in Irish retail and it was great to see such an energetic and diverse offering on show.
Group CEO of Retail Excellence David Fitzsimons said “We are delighted to recognize and award the very best in Irish retail all of whom have shown an unquestionable commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations as well as innovation in store and in-service delivery. We are particularly pleased that across all of our categories of awards Irish retailers, both big and small, urban and rural competed to deliver that exceptional standard of service to customers regardless of their size.’
We would like to thank all the customers and staff members who have made this possible, all of our customers and their continued support make winning all the more special and to our dedicated team at Arboretum, special thanks for your hard work and dedication to strive for excellence every day.