International Grower of the Year Awards

CELEBRATE WITH HORTICULTURE’S INDUSTRY LEADERS

Celebrate with the best in the horticulture industry at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2018.

Floraholland logo-01_webSponsored by Headline Partner, Royal Flora Holland, the event is conveniently taking place at the IPM fairground on Tuesday 23 January 2018 in Essen, Germany, alongside our Event Partner IPM Essen 2018.

Over 200 people from 20 nations attended the 2017 awards! Will you be there, next year?

Growers, horticultural businesses and industry peers can all get involved…

  • Sponsor the awards
  • Book gala dinner and awards ceremony tickets

Not only do the awards champion outstanding achievement in the sector, they offer a unique opportunity to benefit from international networking across ornamentals horticulture industry.

SPONSOR THE AWARDS

SPECIAL OFFER: Secure your sponsorship package for three years and receive 10% discount on the second and third year.

Sponsorship opportunities are available from €1,000 to €35,000, including tailor made packages.

BENEFITS

  • Showcase your company to the industry’s best
  • Unique networking with industry leaders
  • Continued awareness via associated PR and advertising
  • Fantastic corporate entertainment for key clients
  • Link with IPM Essen, world’s leading horticultural trade fair

MOST POPULAR PACKAGE...SAPPHIRE – CATEGORY HEADLINE SPONSOR - €15,000

  • Only FIVE available due to popularity of holding a speech to promote your company
  • Brief speech and presentation of the awards to category winners
  • Opportunity to be photographed with the category winners
  • One gala dinner table for a total of 10 guests
  • Large exhibition stand during the drinks welcome reception
  • Full page advert in awards brochure
  • All benefits outlined in the ‘Pearl’ package

See ‘Sponsor the awards’ tab for more details and sponsorship brochure

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards are brought to you by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in partnership with FloraCulture International (FCI), championing outstanding achievement in the sector since 2009.

AIPH invites the ornamentals horticulture industry to join the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2018, where we recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the world.

This is a unique opportunity for growers, traders, suppliers, retailers, business leaders and all those linked to the ornamental industry to benefit from international networking across the ornamentals horticulture industry.

Everyone is invited to get involved:

  • Enter the competition – Get international recognition and coverage
  • Sponsor the awards – Showcase your company to the industry’s best
  • Be our guest at the awards – Treat employees and VIP clients to a fantastic evening of gourmet food and live entertainment

Sponsored by Headline Partner, Royal Flora Holland, the awards take place on Tuesday 23 January 2018 at the fairground of our Event Partner, IPM Essen 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture in Essen, Germany.

We invite all those linked to the ornamental horticulture industry to join us at the awards ceremony when the winners are announced in January 2017.

The event commences with a drinks reception followed by a gala dinner and ceremony. After the awards there will be an evening of celebration with live entertainment and international networking.

PAST WINNERS

PastwinnersIGOTY

BE OUR GUEST AT THE AWARDS & BOOK TICKETS

DruckUpon popular demand, the event will be conveniently held on the IPM Messe Essen Fairground. “Hall Essen” is easily accessible from the “east” entrance and is located between hall 12 and hall 13.

 

 

PROGRAMME

  • 18.00 Welcome drinks reception, sponsors’ showcase and international networking, accompanied by live lounge music
  • 19.00 Gala dinner
  • 20.30 Awards ceremony
  • 21.00 Grand dessert buffet and continued international networking with live music, entertainment and dancing

Over 200 people from 20 nations attended the 2017 awards!

TICKETS

  • Individual – €220 (Early bird €200)
  • Group (Table of 10) – €200 (Early bird €180)

+ VAT per person

Bookings close 8 January 2018.

Each ticket comes with free IPM Essen 2018 admission!

IGOTY AWARDS 2018 – SPONSORS

Headline Partner

Floraholland logo-01_webThe Royal FloraHolland Flower Auction Cooperative is a cooperative with 4,500 members from the Netherlands and abroad. Royal FloraHolland facilitates growers doing business with their customers with its combination of marketplaces and sales-supporting service provision. As the world’s largest auction organisation, Royal FloraHolland processes approximately 12.4 billion flowers and plants each year, with an annual turnover of €4.5 billion and 3500 employees.

It’s perhaps hard to imagine how the world looks like in 2020. One thing we’re sure of though is that flowers and plants remain important to people. Flowers express what cannot be said in words, in all times and across all cultures. Plants ensure you can be in touch with nature wherever you are. Indispensable in an environment that for more and more people will be urban in nature.

To continue to supply the world with high-quality sustainable flowers and plants all over the world, FloraHolland puts together the FloraHolland 2020 strategy. It describes how our cooperative will make the floriculture industry bloom, right now and in the future.

‘Flowering the World Together, Planting Seeds of Opportunity for our Members’, is to encourage the horticultural sector to flourish, now and in 2020.

Together with the whole industry we are facing up to the challenges and seizing the opportunities now, so that come 2020, we can make the world even healthier and more beautiful with all those gorgeous flowers and plants that we already do today.

Royal FloraHolland is to be Headline Partner of the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards Event 2017. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards.

Media Partner

FCI_logo_blue_blackFloraCulture International

FloraCulture International is a trade magazine for producers of cut flowers, flowering and green potted plants, bedding plants, perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs all over the world.

To date (April 2016) it has a circulation of 133,404 subscribers (4,573 print issues, 6801 direct digital magazines and 122000 indirect digital magazines) in 142 countries. The magazine’s FCI BloomBrief newsletter has a circulation of 6,783 subscribers worldwide. In its monthly columns (Miami, Dutch Comfort, Happy Gardening, Certifiable in California and Buon Giorno) FloraCulture International invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss events and other key issues affecting the horticultural industry.

Ruby Sponsor - Young Plants

Dümmen Orange

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Dümmen Orange is a leading company in the breeding and development of cut flowers, annuals, perennials, pot plants, tropical plants and bulbs. We represent a legacy of floricultural excellence more than a century in the making. By uniting the world’s top breeders under one distinctive brand, we blend traditional techniques and emerging technologies. Dümmen Orange applies the latest technologies to get to innovative breeding. Globally accessible and locally embedded, we continue to be at the forefront of our industry while bringing stability and opportunities to our partners and associates worldwide.

Dümmen Orange employs over 7000 people worldwide. Our annual turnover is approximately EUR 260 million. In addition to a large marketing and sales network, Dümmen Orange has a strong network of production locations. The key to our success is a broad and deep product range, supported by a global supply chain. We embrace our social responsibility and invest in the health, safety and personal development of our staff.

Pearl Sponsor - Young Plants

Florencis

Sapphire Sponsor - Sustainability

Poppelman

Ruby Sponsor - Sustainability

BNM new logoBord na Móna

Bord na Móna is a semi-State company with
80,000 ha of peat fields in Ireland producing approx. 20 million m3 of peat per year.

The professional horticulture business exports to over 30 countries globally and is actively developing new market opportunities.

Professional growers and growing media manufacturers appreciate the benefits of using Bord na Móna Irish peat renowned for its high quality, stability and buffering capacity.

The business is continuously driving innovation through its commitment to new product development which meets customers’ needs and expectations.

Products supplied:

  • Bulk graded peat moss (0-40mm, 0-5mm, 0-10mm, 6-12mm, 10 -25mm grades).
  • Packaged range of standard products for professional growers
  • Custom mixes tailored to customer specification on request

Products are available in small bags and bales, bulk bags, big bales and loose in tippers, containers and in ships

Pearl Sponsor - Sustainability

mps_logoMPS Group

The MPS Group not only develops and administers certificates, it also carries out certification itself. Growers can also go to MPS for various courses in this specialised field. All these activities are accommodated by the MPS Group and are carried out independently of each other by MPS-ECAS (certification), MPS-HCS (training) and MPS (development and management).

For and by growers

The MPS Group has a board with daily control in the hands of the management. There are also various (technical) working parties and the MPS College van Belanghebbenden (‘Council of Interested Parties’) . These bodies consist of growers and/or sector organisations who provide advice to the management and board. MPS can therefore rightly be described as an organisation for and by growers.

Venue Sponsor

DruckIPM Essen

The international trade fair for plants (IPM ESSEN) is the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture. It is the only specialist trade fair of its kind to cover the entire value chain of plants, including production, technology, floristry, garden features and the PoS. No other plant exhibition offers trade visitors such a comprehensive market overview and so many multifacted novelties.

At the next IPM ESSEN, taking part from 23rd to 26th January 2018 in Essen, about 1,600 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries and over 57,000 trade visitors are expected once again. Internationally IPM ESSEN has established its network in China, Russia and UAE.

SPONSOR THE 2018 AWARDS

Sponsorship of the awards positions a company as a committed player in the international ornamental horticulture industry, supporting innovation and successful entrepreneurship.

SPECIAL OFFER: Secure your sponsorship package for three years and receive 10% discount on the second and third year.

Sponsorship opportunities are available from €1,000 to €35,000, including tailor made packages.

BENEFITS

  • Showcase your company to the industry’s best
  • Unique networking with industry leaders
  • Continued awareness via associated PR and advertising
  • Fantastic corporate entertainment for key clients
  • Link with IPM Essen, world’s leading horticultural trade fair

Sponsor speech_300px“It’s only getting bigger and it’s only getting better and we are very proud to be a part of it.”

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, Headline Partner

For information about sponsorship packages contact
AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe – E: sg@aiph.org   T: +44 (0) 118 9308956   M: +44 (0) 7885 750324

For individual and bespoke sponsorship packages in particular contact
Amy Winder: E: amy.winder@aiph.org  T: +44 (0) 1235 776155

DIAMOND SPONSORSHIP – HEADLINE SPONSOR - €35,000

  • Only ONE available
  • Speech and presentation of the main IGOTY award to the overall winner
  • Opportunity to be photographed with the overall winner
  • Two gala dinner tables for a total of 20 guests
  • Prominent and large exhibition stand during the drinks welcome reception
  • Full page advert in awards brochure
  • Plus all benefits outlined in the ‘Pearl’ package

SAPPHIRE – CATEGORY HEADLINE SPONSOR - €15,000

  • Only FIVE available due to popularity of holding a speech to promote your company
  • Brief speech and presentation of the awards to category winners
  • Opportunity to be photographed with the category winners
  • One gala dinner table for a total of 10 guests
  • Large exhibition stand during the drinks welcome reception
  • Full page advert in awards brochure
  • All benefits outlined in the ‘Pearl’ package

RUBY SPONSORSHIPS – CATEGORY SPONSOR - €7,500

  • Four gala dinner seats
  • Half page advert in awards brochure
  • Small exhibition table during the drinks welcome reception
  • See sponsor brochure for full package details

DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE & RUBY SPONSORS ALSO RECIEVE

  • Company video / advert to be shown during the pre-dinner welcome drinks reception and during the gala dinner
  • Verbal recognition and creditation at the event by the master of ceremonies
  • Company logo on all winners’ certificates
  • Company exposure to the entire world, as your coloured advertisement in the awards brochure is presented to everyone at the awards ceremony plus all AIPH members

PEARL SPONSORSHIP – EVENT SPONSOR - 4,000

  • Your company video / advert to be shown during the pre-dinner welcome drinks reception and during the gala dinner
  • Your company logo prominently displayed in the awards brochure, menu and show programme
  • Your company logo and description displayed on AIPH website plus all event marketing material and press releases for one year prior and after the event. i.e. TWO YEARS FREE ADVERTISING
  • 10% discount on gala dinner tickets based on published rates

INDIVIDUAL & BESPOKE SPONSORSHIP

  • Food and beverage – For example, your company logo and name on the dessert buffet or items on the dinner table
  • Event collateral – For example, your company logo displayed on individual items: such as on flower decorations, items on the dinner table, name tags worn by all guests, show programme and menu
  • One gala dinner table for a total of 10 guests
  • Alternatively, you may wish to bring a gift to our guests
  • Can be combined with a contra deal
  • Supply of flowers – Produce and flower arrangements
  • Film and photography
  • Entertainment – Live band and singer
  • Internet provider
  • Advertising and PR – Promote the event on your website, newsletters, social media etc

ALL SPONSORS RECEIVE

  • International networking opportunities all evening
  • 10% discount on gala dinner tickets based on published rates
  • Pitch your company to our members and receive two years free advertising ! (one year prior to the event + one year post event)
  • Display your company logo, description, photos, advert, contact details and links on event page: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear
  • Social media mentions on: Twitter and Facebook
  • Inclusions in all promotional material including email, website, e-shots and event press release

IGOTY AWARDS 2018 – PARTNERS

HEADLINE PARTNER

Floraholland logo-01_webRoyal FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards.

The Royal FloraHolland Flower Auction Cooperative is a cooperative with 4,500 members from the Netherlands and abroad. Royal FloraHolland facilitates growers doing business with their customers with its combination of marketplaces and sales-supporting service provision. As the world’s largest auction organisation, Royal FloraHolland processes approximately 12.4 billion flowers and plants each year, with an annual turnover of €4.5 billion and 3500 employees.

It’s perhaps hard to imagine how the world looks like in 2020. One thing we’re sure of though is that flowers and plants remain important to people. Flowers express what cannot be said in words, in all times and across all cultures. Plants ensure you can be in touch with nature wherever you are. Indispensable in an environment that for more and more people will be urban in nature.

To continue to supply the world with high-quality sustainable flowers and plants all over the world, FloraHolland puts together the FloraHolland 2020 strategy. It describes how our cooperative will make the floriculture industry bloom, right now and in the future.

‘Flowering the World Together, Planting Seeds of Opportunity for our Members’, is to encourage the horticultural sector to flourish, now and in 2020.

Together with the whole industry we are facing up to the challenges and seizing the opportunities now, so that come 2020, we can make the world even healthier and more beautiful with all those gorgeous flowers and plants that we already do today.

“This great international event celebrates, honours and stimulates entrepreneurship, innovation and growth of horticulture growers all overthe world. Leaders in the horticulture sector gather for a unique networking and celebratory opportunity! It’s an annual event and an opportunity, not to be missed!”

Steven van Schilfgaarde, CFO, Royal FloraHolland

www.royalfloraholland.com

FOUNDING PARTNER

FCI_logo_white on blue FloraCulture International (FCI), your gateway to global ornamental horticulture is the only international trade magazine in the worldwide ornamental sector.

FCI sharesknowledge, inspires, and strengthens the special and necessary cooperation within the ornamental sector by bringing people, markets and cultures together in the themes and articles.

www.floraculture.eu

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EVENT PARTNER

DruckThe international trade fair for plants (IPM ESSEN) is the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

It is the only specialist trade fair of its kind to cover the entire value chain of plants, including production, technology, floristry, garden features, and point of sale. The 35th edition of the world’sleading trade fair for horticulture continued with top rates in 2017:1.577 exhibitors from around 50 nations presented the newest botanic displays, innovative technology, and trendy floristry.

www.ipm-essen.de

THE WINNERS

Nine Ornamental growers, from Belgium, China, Colombia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia and UK, have reached the finals of  the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2017.

WINNER & CUT FLOWERS GOLD

Flores El Capiro S.A. – Colombia

IGOTY 2017 WINNER – Flores El Capiro S.A. – Colombia

“It’s a very emotional ceremony and this prize is for our workers! At this award you are surrounded by the biggest and best in the world, so you should be there.”

Carlos Manuel Uribe, Managing Director of Flores El Capiro

Flores El Capiro is one of the largest chrysanthemum growers and container exporters in Colombia and indeed the world. Delivering flowers to customers via the best sea freight transport solution and the best packing alternative, its container packed cut flowers reach the most distant markets, including Australia, with a transit time that exceeds thirty days. Today Capiro’s planted area covers 75 hectares, with plans to both reach 100 hectares and increase productivity to meet with customer demand.

To achieve customer satisfaction, Capiro assures the best quality, freshness, vase life and value for its customers at an affordable price, and seeks constant product innovation looking for the most beautiful and best performing varieties. It also provides its customers with added value products such as bouquets and flower enhancements like tinting. The company has several research programmes including biological products, new variety development, growing improvements, pest and disease control, all working toward customer satisfaction.

Capiro is socially and environmentally responsible. Not only assuring the welfare of its employees, but also the community, the company runs several social programmes with a focus on management, agriculture, logistics and human resource management. Sustainability and climate change is a key part of the business demonstrated through its environmental certificates: Florverde®,Rain Forest Alliance and Global GAP. Capiro’s departments continually take steps to optimise processes with specific efforts in recycling waste separation, implementing the latest illumination technology and irrigation system.

www.capiro.co

CUT FLOWERS SILVER

Van den Berg RoseS – The Netherlands

Cut Flowers SILVER – Van den Berg RoseS – The NetherlandsVan den Berg RoseS has a long 41-year history of being in the rose business and great experience in growing. It is one of the main large-scale international rose growers from the Netherlands where it grows large-bloom roses on 120,000 square meters. It has additional production locations in Kenya and China where it grows medium-blossom roses, in Kenya on 700,000 square meters and in China on 275,000 square meters.

Van den Berg RoseS is a name and a brand that stands for quality, reliability and innovation (exclusive varieties) with an eye for people and the environment. Its quality roses find their way to wholesalers, florists and end consumers all over the world. Its Dutch roses target the flower specialist and the high service retail, most Kenyan roses find their way to supermarkets, with the Fairtrade label, and the Chinese roses are sold by wholesale in cooperation with florists. The company recognises the need of branding its roses and has a strong focus on marketing and sales.

Van den Berg RoseS grows with great knowledge and modern techniques such as illuminating, cooling, sorting and using pests to avoid diseases and damages in a natural way. The company’s innovative nature is characterised through its use of geothermal to heat the nurseries. Its ISO-certificate for its Dutch production location assures high level quality management, while with regards to sustainability and climate change its famous MPS-A label indicates the highest ranking registration crop protection equipment, fertiliser, energy and waste. Its MPS-Socially Qualified label supports the importance of working under the ethical behavioural norms. In Kenya Van den Berg RoseS supports several projects to give opportunities to employees, family and locals by sponsoring schools, collecting clothes, providing clean drinking water and by making available an own clinic. The Fairtrade label for Kenyan roses confirms their aim for sustainable development of developing countries.

www.bergroses.com

CUT FLOWERS BRONZE

LLC TK-Podosinki – Russia

Cut Flowers BRONZE – LLC TK-Podosinki – RussiaLLC TK-Podosinki is a leader in the production of roses, as cut flowers in Russia, with a mission to bring beauty and harmony to each home. It has a stable production of high quality flowers which comes as a result of using innovations in agro-technology. By investing in the business it plans to expand production even further.

LLC TK-Podosinki has strong control over all of its technological processes and regularly seeks innovation. It follows a permanent monitoring system for new rose varieties, choosing only high production and disease resistant varieties. It also uses highly qualitative materials in planting through direct cooperation with Dutch and German breeding companies.

The company has a good view of the market and invests in the most effective methods of advertising to offer varying bonuses and discounts to customers, including using the flower packaging for direct sale promotion.

The company is very attentive to the environment and its protection, its customers and employees. It utilises production waste (incl. plants for replanting) by specialist companies. It manages customers claims through its quality control department keeping an eye on its flowers from the greenhouse to customer. It is also offers career progression by providing an opportunity for personnel to take part in different practical workshops.

www.roseline

YOUNG PLANTS GOLD

Graff Kristensen A/S – Denmark

Young Plants GOLD – Graff Kristensen A/S – Denmark

“This award is very different from any other award, as it’s given to us by fellow plantsmen, growers and their associations around the world. This is a fantastic honour for our team, so that they can see that visions and strategy is not just a paper exercise.”

Poul Graff – Owner of Graff Kristensen

Graff Kristensen A/S was founded in 1931 on the basis of a wide horticultural assortment for the local market. The nursery is one of the world’s leading hibiscus growers in terms of breeding, quality, innovation and in evolving partnership with other growers all over the world. Since the millennium, breeding has been an important part of the global activities of the company, which today is owned and managed by the third generation of the family, with the fourth generation working in the nursery.

The nursery supplies its customers and partners from its facilities in Denmark and Vietnam. It has a solid history and, at the same time, a very modern and unique business strategy. A strategy that, not only includes new innovative products, but also a very close collaboration with its customers. In fact, when the nursery is dealing with cuttings, it talks about its close partners and not ‘only’ customers. At the same time it is able to make a profit, and an increasing profit looking back.

Graff Kristensen A/S is thinking and working with a green agenda. It is a staple MPS A grower, and has a specific agenda on implementing IPM techniques in its production and breeding departments. To be an employed in the nursery is attractive as the nursery fulfils all demand for salary and workers’ safety.

In summary the Graff Kristensen A/S has a history, and at the same time fulfils the demand of the modern society on all parameters. The nursery achieved the ‘Innovation Award 2016’ from the branch organisation Danish Horticulture.

www.graff.dk and www.graff-breeding.com

YOUNG PLANTS SILVER

Beijing Nabobay Horticulture Co. Ltd – China

Young Plants SILVER – Beijing Nabobay Horticulture Co. Ltd – ChinaNabobay is developing with a strong momentum in the rose industry. Its finished plants are welcomed by markets across more than 20 provinces in China and internationally, its products find their way into markets in Europe, Asia and Africa. It has established production bases covering a total area of 6.59 hectares and cultivates mover 32 million plants each year. 18.2% of its total annual trade value is from export trade.

The company has built mechanised and intelligent greenhouse of 10,000 square meters and propagation greenhouse of 80,000 square meters. Moreover, it also established a complete set of China Rose Cultivation Technical Specification, bringing about standard cultivation, technical innovation and environmental protection production, as the reference standard in rose industry of China. Nabobay has raised 2,100 new-superior rose varieties introduced for domestic and international markets up to now, including 100 members of genus Rosa and ancient roses which are particularly native to China, and 0.33 hectares rose germplasm nursery. It launches about two to five new varieties of products each year.

Nabobay assumes social responsibility positively, motivating farmers around the area to plant China Roses in the farmland that covers an area of over 200 hectares. It has also created job opportunities for nearly 800 people; rose planting has become the main source of income, and drives the local economic development. The company focus is on brand building and marketing. Based on commissioned sales, it has formed an operation model that features “company + base + grower” by declaring production base of green products and green product certification as well as creating brand products. Through holding all kinds of China Rose exhibition and cultural exchange activities, China Rose seedlings and related products are exported to Europe, Asia, Africa and other countries and regions.

www.nabobay.net

FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES GOLD

Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture Co.,Ltd – China

Finished Plants and Trees GOLD – Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture Co. Ltd – ChinaGui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture is a pioneer in nursery stocks production and landscape construction in China. It has 350 full-time employees and runs ‘Academic and Expert Workshops’, it also has close cooperation with a number of domestic and foreign talents.

As a subsidiary of Miaofu Shareholding Group, the company mainly targets middle and high-end market. In 2015 its sales volume accounted for 15% of the total sales volume of the Group while the annual growth rate was over 36%.

As part of its research development centre, the company has constructed an experimental building covering 3,000 square meters. Furthermore, it has applied for 30 invention patents, reserved 105 know-hows and 3,280 plant germplasm resources. In addition, it has set up a high-standard production base covering an area of 1,500 hectares and an intelligent greenhouse with an area of 70,000 square meters.

Every year Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture has about five million nursery stocks of different types and sizes in its nurseries for the market, including 56 species and 42,000 modelling plants. The aim is to provide the market with products of multi-varieties, fast shaping, large-sized, high cost/efficiency, and easy to survive, etc. The company sticks to the idea of environmental friendliness, extensively applies drip irrigation, rain water reuse system and other advanced equipment. In particular, our originally-created micro-climate maintenance system reaches international advanced level.

www.miaofuchina.com

FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES SILVER

The Bransford Webbs Plant Co – UK

Finished Plants and Trees SILVER – The Bransford Webbs Plant Co – UKBransford Nurseries was formed by John Tooby in 1961 as a pioneering producer of roses, trees and shrubs in pots. Focussing exclusively on the production and sale of ornamental plants to retailers the nursery became an important and respected supplier. In 1990 Hebe Rosie was launched, named after the founder’s granddaughter and being one of the first plants to be sold with a coloured pot, bespoke label and weather proof poster. The success of Hebe Rosie resulted in the business focussing on new plants and innovative marketing.

By 1993 the name of the business had been changed to Bransford Garden Plants and was one of the first nurseries to offer a year round promotional calendar of new and sort after plants with full point of sale material. An on-going research and development program dealing with plant finders, breeder’s agents and young plant suppliers was established resulting in frequent new plant introductions focused on impulse sales for garden retailers.

Since 1996 the business has been recognised as an Investor in People, an externally audited quality standard for the management and training of people. Investing in new and improved production facilities has been central to enabling the company to increase production and sales, reduce wastage and improve profitability. Propagation, potting, sub irrigated glasshouses and open roof tunnels are all areas that have been developed to enable the increased production of a broad range of shrubs, climbers, trees and herbaceous perennials.

Consistently good plant quality, innovative marketing and an exciting program of new plant introductions has helped the business to develop strong relationships with a range of independent garden centres, garden centre groups, DIY stores and super markets. Ensuring a broad customer mix in a changing market has enabled the business to effectively manage risk whilst profitably growing sales.

www.bransfordwebbs.co.uk

FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES BRONZE

Boomkwekerij Ebben B.V. – The Netherlands

Finished Plants and Trees BRONZE – Boomkwekerij Ebben B.V. – The NetherlandsEbben Nurseries is a real Dutch family tree business that has grown from generation to generation into the company it is now. Since 1862 successive generations have perfected the art of growing trees. Today, Ebben Nurseries is an innovative company in the horticultural sector presenting a healthy and wide range of plants and with more than 154 years of knowledge and experience.

Its main focus lies in the quality of not only its products, but also its services. With the best experts, the company has grown into one of Europe’s biggest tree nurseries, conveying a clear vision on the experience of greenery. Its innovation lies in the colour, shape, texture and application of its plants with a focus on the species’ natural growth habit. Its sustainable cultivation has the minimum possible impact on the environment, meaning its trees are strong and resilient.

As the winner of the prestigious Horticulture Entrepreneur Prize 2016, Ebben Nurseries looks and thinks beyond simple cultivation and supply of trees. With a team of highly trained and skilled employees, the company advises customers on choice of species and assists with the plan to make their green project a success. Thorough knowledge of plants and insight into possible applications of green is central in Ebben Nurseries’ vision. The surroundings in which Ebben Nurseries is located also form an important source of inspiration; Its Headquarters is unique with several roof gardens in different styles. By continuously looking closely at nature – how it develops and maintains itself – the company seeks to build on its know-how to grow.

www.ebben.nl

FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES HONORARY AWARD

Boterdaele Erik bvba – Belgium

Finished Plants and Trees Honorary Award – Boterdaele Erik bvba – Belgium.Boterdaele Erik bvba is a family business situated near Ghent in Belgium. Under the instincts of its owners, Erik and Isabelle, the company has grown considerably and today produces and sells 500,000 plants a year out of its cultivation area of 4,2 hectares. By creating partnerships, with the likes of Addenda and BE-plants, Erik and Isabelle have proven that smaller family firms can gain a very strong market position. This was undoubtedly one of the firms’ assets in winning the Belgian competition, Ornamental Grower of the Year, along with its very strong approach in the field of sustainability and quality. Throughout the competition Erik showed to be a dynamic manager and a worthy representative of the Belgian ornamental sector. It also earned him the title of ‘Verdienstelijke Oost-Vlaming’, which is given once a year to five Flemish entrepreneurs who distinguish themselves from their colleagues.

Thanks to recent investments and cooperation with other family firms, the company has demonstrated that it is very much future-oriented. It specialises in outside cultures and provides a wide range of species and pot sizes adapted to the market trends. Most are available all year long, with sales focused on the autumn season. Clients are found in the Benelux with European branches. The target group is composed of export companies, cash and carries, large commercial businesses or garden centre groups. Sales take place via specialised fairs, networking and internet platforms (FloraXchange).

The company produces various plants based on their own cuttings and via the purchase of young plants. It is the company’s mission and ambition to be a reliable and flexible partner for its clients. It focuses on labelling, short delivery terms and high-quality production and works with attention to the environment, quality, and sustainability.

www.boterdaele.be

IGOTY AWARDS 2017 – SPONSORS

HEADLINE PARTNER

Floraholland logo-01_webThe Royal FloraHolland Flower Auction Cooperative is a cooperative with 4,500 members from the Netherlands and abroad. Royal FloraHolland facilitates growers doing business with their customers with its combination of marketplaces and sales-supporting service provision. As the world’s largest auction organisation, Royal FloraHolland processes approximately 12.4 billion flowers and plants each year, with an annual turnover of €4.5 billion and 3500 employees.

It’s perhaps hard to imagine how the world looks like in 2020. One thing we’re sure of though is that flowers and plants remain important to people. Flowers express what cannot be said in words, in all times and across all cultures. Plants ensure you can be in touch with nature wherever you are. Indispensable in an environment that for more and more people will be urban in nature.

To continue to supply the world with high-quality sustainable flowers and plants all over the world, FloraHolland puts together the FloraHolland 2020 strategy. It describes how our cooperative will make the floriculture industry bloom, right now and in the future.

‘Flowering the World Together, Planting Seeds of Opportunity for our Members’, is to encourage the horticultural sector to flourish, now and in 2020.

Together with the whole industry we are facing up to the challenges and seizing the opportunities now, so that come 2020, we can make the world even healthier and more beautiful with all those gorgeous flowers and plants that we already do today.

Royal FloraHolland is to be Headline Partner of the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards Event 2017. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards.

FOUNDING PARTNER

FCI_logo_250pxFloraCulture International is a trade magazine for producers of cut flowers, flowering and green potted plants, bedding plants, perennials, trees, shrubs and bulbs all over the world.

To date (April 2016) it has a circulation of 133,404 subscribers (4,573 print issues, 6801 direct digital magazines and 122000 indirect digital magazines) in 142 countries. The magazine’s FCI BloomBrief newsletter has a circulation of 6,783 subscribers worldwide. In its monthly columns (Miami, Dutch Comfort, Happy Gardening, Certifiable in California and Buon Giorno) FloraCulture International invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss events and other key issues affecting the horticultural industry.

CATEGORY HEADLINE SPONSOR

beijingexpo_logo_vuelioYanqing County to the north west of Beijing contains the 960 hectare site to be used for The International Horticultural Exhibition 2019, Beijing, China.

Already an important tourist destination within China the area has beautiful scenery, clean air and one of the best places to view the Great Wall of China (Badaling). The expo hopes to welcome over 16 million visitors and over 100 exhibiting participants. The setting for the expo lies within a carefully protected environmental conservation area with the wide Gui River running through the middle of it. Planning for the site is giving careful consideration to continuing to preserve the environment in the area whilst also becoming a large horticultural show piece. This means considerable effort is going into planning for restoring the site after the expo. A new high-speed rail link is being constructed to the site and planning/design work has commenced.

YOUNG PLANTS BRONZE SPONSOR

dummen-orange-logoDümmen Orange is a leading company in breeding and cutting production of pot plants, bedding plants, perennials, succulents and cut flowers.

Dümmen Orange has worldwide network of production, marketing and sales. The key to success is a wide and deep product range supported by a global supply chain. The company embraces its social responsibility and invests in the health, safety and personal development of its employees.

SPONSOR

greentechThe GreenTech community and events is the global meeting place for all professionals involved in horticulture technology.

It facilitates the latest news and provide members the possibility to actively participate, connect, inspire, share & be helpful year round. Stay in the know at www.greentech.nl

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

rossoAlessandro Rosso Marketing and Expo is part of Alessandro Rosso Group.

With more than 35 years of experience the company is fully committed to expos which collaborates with other companies within the Group and with external partners to provide any service or product required for International or Universal Expositions. One of its missions is to provide a country, an organisation or a company with the construction of a pavilion or a booth, its management, the organisation of special events and any kind of tourism services.

WIFI SPONSOR

royal-brinkmanRoyal Brinkman is a supplier, consultant and installer for the professional horticulture industry.

In view of its global specialisation in seven disciplines, Royal Brinkman is capable of providing the best possible services for customers in the field of crop rotation, crop care, crop protection & disinfection, packaging & design, mechanisation, technical projects and service-related articles.

FLOWER SPONSOR

dutchflowergroup

SPONSOR

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Ornamental growers from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, UK and USA were finalists in the AIPH IGOTY Awards 2016.               

Chairman of the international jury and AIPH Past-President, Vic Krahn, commented on the entries, “The jury was very impressed with the exceptionally high standard of the entries received this year. It was a huge task with so many more entries than previous years. The high standards of the entrants meant the jury had to work exceptionally hard. However, in every judge’s case, they found it extremely thrilling to assess such high quality businesses. They know with certainty that this industry will be truly inspired by these world acclaimed businesses.”

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe added, “We have been so pleased with the response from growers around the world to the call for entries in this expanded global contest. There are winners this year than ever before.”

WINNER AND FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES GOLD


 

 

 

 

 

Costa Farms, USA 

“This past year we got amazing coverage, literally all over the world. The owners and the 4,000 workers were all very excited. We were humbled and it really did motivate us to do even better. It really was a very huge moment for Costa Farms!”

Mike Rimland, Costa Farms

Costa Farms is one of North America’s largest growers of ornamental plants regularly bringing new products to retailers on an international scale. It grows a wide range of plants, including houseplants, orchids, indoor and outdoor cacti and succulents, tropical shrubs, annual bedding plants, and perennial bedding plants. Costa Farms actively tests hundreds of new varieties in its Trial Gardens every year to find best-in-class products to offer to customers. It invests heavily in research and development and is continually trialling new growing techniques to improve product quality, company efficiency, and give a better experience to end consumers. The Costa Farms family also takes sustainability to heart, seeking to make the business more sustainable and reduce its climate change impact. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business with more than 60 years of experience in growing quality finished plants. Today Costa Farms employs more than 3,400 people in the United States, Dominican Republic, and China, and has some 4,200 acres of production globally. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and the Far East. www.costafarms.com

FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES

SILVER

 

 

 

 

 

Majestic Trees, UK  

Majestic Trees grows finished plants and trees and has had resounding success in unlocking the market potential for direct supply of mature trees. With trees from 12/14 up to 1.1 meter girth, 3 to 13 meters tall and 50 to 5,000 litres AirPots, the company grows, supplies and plants nationwide with its own fleet of heavy transport and custom equipment to ensure total customer satisfaction. Majestic Trees strives to provide excellent quality, exceptional service and exemplary professionalism. From the painstaking efforts made to select only the finest tree stock to grow on; the pruning of the trees, potting and growing on in AirPot containers till they reach their full potential; and the marketing and thereafter devotion to customer service both at the nursery and at the point of delivery, overcoming any obstacles, however large the tree, Majestic Trees is renowned across Europe as a team of passionate and dedicated horticulturists. Key components of its innovative strategy have included: early adoption of the AirPot container growing production system, cultivation of a uniquely wide range of varieties and sizes, a nursery conceived and developed to be entirely visitor friendly, provision of a high level of customer advisory support, provision of a complete, in-house supply-and-plant package, and the promotion of a team-spirited working culture to encourage professional pride and high staff retention. Majestic Trees, an independently owned company now in its fourteenth year, has grown rapidly and operates today solely from a 20-acre nursery site in Hertfordshire, England. www.majestictrees.co.uk

BRONZE

 

 

 

 

 

Dashun International Flower, China

Dashun International Flower Co. Ltd. is the largest pot plant grower in China supplying 10,000,000 finished plants to the market. Dashun focuses on the production of plants with colourful flowers, leaves and fruits for the home and office. Its award winning product range, recognised for its best new varieties and high quality, includes Anthurium, Medinilla magnifica, Bromeliaceae, Marantaceae, Rieger Begonia and Kalanchoe. Dashun International Flower Co. boasts 300,000m2 greenhouses which are built and equipped with modern technology, such as geothermal, sub-irrigation, automatic environment control and automatic spraying systems. The company established a quality control system for all aspects of its production, is certified to ISO9001 quality management system and uses an electronic grading system for its finished products. Innovation is a key focus for Dashun International Flower Co. which has introduced new equipment and facilities from manufacturers including Priva and Stolze, new varieties from Anthura, Exotic Plants, Queen and Greenex, and production techniques more widely used in developed western countries. It has also adapted the new technology to its environmental and production conditions. The company has set itself high standard for sustainable production. It collects all rainwater and reuses all of its irrigation water, uses a comprehensive pest management system, and minimises chemical use. www.flower-china.cn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutchmaster Nurseries, Canada

Dutchmaster Nurseries is one of the leading wholesale nurseries in Ontario producing trees, shrubs, and perennials for wholesale purposes and shipping throughout Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States. It prides itself in being the best it can be at growing and supplying its products, and knowing that there are many excellent growers in Canada and beyond, the company looks for ways to set itself apart. Aside from providing quality plant material and good customer service, as most customers have come to expect, Dutchmaster Nurseries also focuses on other key competencies. One such competency is constant availability. Understanding that deadlines are important and that landscape construction projects do not always go as planned, Dutchmaster Nurseries aims to have on-hand availability of plant material. Another competency is very fast turnaround time even for last minute orders. At Dutchmaster Nurseries, crop selection is very important and it is an avid purveyor of disease resistant cultivars. Innovation is also very important. Improvements in areas such as crop selection and production, automation techniques, waste minimisation, research and development as well as others are essential to the company. In addition, Dutchmaster Nurseries engages in a number of practices in order to be a leader in environmentally friendly initiatives. www.dutchmasternurseries.com

CUT FLOWERS

GOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Arcadia Chrysanten, Netherlands

Arcadia Chrysanten, Netherlands, specialises in the cultivation and marketing of bunched and disbudded chrysanthemums, producing 50 million high quality branches a year for sale in both Eastern and Western Europe. Constantly looking for innovative shapes and colours, the company produces 20 varieties of chrysanthemum which are market and customer-oriented. It has expanded its range with disbudded chrysanthemums in particular, as well as through new species and by adapting to the season. Arcadia is socially responsible, making sustainability a top priority. It regularly reviews its cultivation processes to identify ways to become more energy efficient and as a result, is a leader in The New Cultivation (Het Nieuwe Telen) in which it seeks to optimise both technique and cultivation. It is also closely involved in a number of new innovative developments, such as “Next Generation Cultivation” which includes a 25% reduction in energy use. For example, Arcadia’s new location utilises a new type of glass that allows 7% more light to pass through, improving light distribution and removing shadows. Another innovation improves the maintenance of plant quality during transportation by using vacuum cooling. For each of these innovations Arcadia is either a pioneer or working in partnership to implement them. Arcadia boasts four cultivation sites with a total area of 20 hectares. In the Westland, it has two branches with one in De Lier and the other in Kwintsheul. The fourth branch is in De Kwakel, near Aalsmeer. www.arcadiachrysanten.nl  

SILVER

 

 

 

 

 

Flash Tarim Urunleri (Flash Flowers), Turkey 

Founded in 1992, Flash Tarim is one of Turkey’s leading producers and exporters of cut flowers packing more than 1.5 million stems per week to export to more than 20 countries. It produces 16 different kinds of flowers with over 160 varieties, including greens, foliage and carnations. Growing fast, the company’s production area has increased from five hectares in 1992 to 70 hectares in 2015. Starting small, today Flash Tarim has eight different production sites in and around Antalya using high-tech growing standards along with the 23 years of staff experience. By delivering high quality, competitive price and limitless service, Flash Tarim leads the Turkish flower sector with its experience, modern facilities, innovation and competitive structure. Its flowers are packed in boxes that were specially designed according to market demand with all packaging material being 100% recycled and environmentally friendly. The company is proud to supply Turkish flowers all over the world with consignments transported via land, air and sea. Sharing the pleasure of growing and introducing flowers to the world, Flash Tarim harmonises the beauty of the flowers with people to ‘Make a difference’ for an enjoyable life. www.flashflower.com

YOUNG PLANTS

GOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Florensis, Germany/Netherlands

Florensis is an innovative, second-generation family business that has proven its success over the years. Since 1941 it has provided professional growers with new varieties and plant propagation material. More than 2,000 devoted and skilled employees in Europe (with its head office in the Netherlands) and throughout the world produce more than 900 million young plants from seed and cuttings each year. The company specialises in annuals, perennials, pot plants, primroses, pansies and cut flowers. It supplies growers with an unrivalled assortment of more than 4,000 different varieties of plants and flowers of the very highest quality, grown using the most innovative and sustainable technologies. Florensis is also skilled in marketing these products successfully. Florensis international locations in Kenya, Ethiopia and Portugal contribute through production of unrooted cuttings and seeds. Furthermore, large-scale contract production takes place in different countries. Florensis owns a separate production location in Rijsenhout for its Cut Flowers product group. Here, an independent sales organisation services the top European growers. At various breeding locations, the company develops new varieties and works closely together with the most renowned breeders in the industry to produce a unique product assortment. On sustainability, Florensis takes the lead and plays an active role in the continued development of its employees, the building of communities, as well as supporting the natural environment in and around all of its locations in Europe, Kenya and Ethiopia. www.florensis.com

SILVER

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Kunming Hongzhihua Gardening, China

Kunming Hongzhihua Gardening Co. Ltd. produces and sells cuttings and cut flowers of chrysanthemum. The company’s chrysanthemum cuttings are mainly exported to Japan. In 2014, the export volume was 140 million pieces, which accounts for over 90% of China’s total export volume of these products and 42% of the total import volume of Japan. Kunming Hongzhihua Gardening Co. attaches great importance to scientific and technological innovations, respects and promotes plant breeders rights and carries out standardised production. It has the largest chrysanthemum germplasm resources center in China and even in Asia with more than 2,500 popular chrysanthemum varieties available. It has developed more than 50 new varieties, of which 15 have been authorised with plant breeder’s rights. The company has also become the largest exporter of Chrysanthemum cuttings targeting the Asian market.  Kunming Hongzhihua Gardening Co. was established in 2005 with a registered capital of RMB five million, registered in Yunnan Flower Demonstration Park of Songming County, Yunnan Province. The company’s production base in Songming covers an area of over 40 ha, of which 28 ha are modernised greenhouses. www.zhongguojuhua.cn

BRONZE

 

 

 

 

 

Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling, China

Shanghai Yuanyi Seedling Co. Ltd. is a leading and the largest horticultural enterprise which initially worked with plug seedling production in China. Bedding plant seedlings are the main products of the company, which include annual and perennial flowers, hanging plants, potted plants, vegetative plants, ornamental vegetables and fruits and mosaiculture materials. It has set up three wholly-owned subsidiaries, nine modernised production units and owns more than 60 hectares of production area and 30 hectares of modernised intelligent greenhouses. In 2014, the total production and sales volume of various seedlings was around 300 million and the company’s average annual growth rate in the past three years has remained above 20%. Yuanyi attaches great importance to technological innovation, its Seedling Research Institute has undertaken and participated in many state-level and municipal-level projects, and won the First Prize of the Shanghai Scientific and Technological Progress Award in 2008. It strives to continuously improve competitiveness by using the best facilities, system integration, high volume production, technological innovation and industry services, and branding. It has directed and completed many innovative projects; it owns advanced seedling cultivation facilities and consistently drives sustainable and ecological development. www.yyseedling.com

ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018 COMPETITION.

FULL RULES & PROCEDURES

We are passionate about ensuring the AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards are robust and fair to entrants whilst remaining straightforward to enter.
Enter the competition by submitting your application by 14 August 2017 and gain international recognition and free media coverage.

Each finalist will receive:

  • One free entrance ticket to IPM Essen 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.
  • One free ticket to attend the awards ceremony and gala dinner.
  • One year’s free advertising by AIPH
  • Be featured on IPM’s website and be part of IPM press releases, reaching out to 1577 exhibitors, 45 nations and 57,000 trade visitors

KEY DATES

14 August 2017 Deadline to submit entry forms ( A+B+C )
Please send to sara.sharp@aiph.org or enter online
Permission for late submissions require special permission
August 2017 Additional information may be requested by the jury
End September 2017 Judging
Final judging takes place during the AIPH Congress
Early October 2017 Announcement of finalists
31 October 2017 Early bird ticket booking offer ends
8 January 2018 Ticket bookings close
23 January 2018 Gala dinner & Awards Ceremony.
Alongside IPM, the world’s leading international trade fair for plants

 

RULES

Rules that apply to all entrants are as follows:

The company entering must be primarily operating as a wholesale grower of plants.
The Entry Form (Form A) must be completed by a person working for the business. You may have help from people outside the business (for example your accountant might provide your financial information), but the form should be compiled and checked by a member of staff
You are permitted to enter more than one category. You will be required to fill in one ‘Entry Forms (A)’ per entry. For example if you enter two categories you will need to enter two ‘Entry Forms (A)’.
All materials submitted must be in ENGLISH*. If you submit any other documents in another language (e.g. press cuttings) then the jury may not be able to read this. We offer a translation service if English is not your native language and would advise the use of this to ensure the sentiment of what is written will come across clearly to the jury.
All materials and information submitted (with the exception of client names and locations and budgets) must be free of restrictions of reproduction so it can be used in the promotion of your work and of the Awards, should you win.
*Language Entries can be in English or in your native language. Each entry must be sent in a MS Word document by email to sara.sharp@aiph.org with any supporting documents in a MS Word document or PDF file. If English is not your native language and you are not fluent, we would advise completing your entry in your native language and paying a fee for a translation service. This will ensure your entry remains accurate and that the information provided comes across clearly to the judges. You can also receive all documents such as the instructions on how to enter and the full rules in your language. If you wish to enter and receive documents in your native language please contact sara.sharp@aiph.org.

SUMMARY OF THE PROCEDURE

The procedure is designed to be simple and not time consuming.

All you need to do is fill in:
The Entry Form ( A )

This is your application form.

Please restrict your answer to each question to a maximum of 300 words.
The Trade Reference Form ( B )

You can apply directly or be nominated.
Supporting Documents ( C )

You may provide supporting documentation, such as photographs or advertisements. Please mark these as Document C.

FULL EXPLANATION OF THE PROCEDURE – A completed Entry Form (Form A) in ENGLISH* (Although arrangements can be made to allow you to fill in the form in your native language. The application will then need to be translated to English by a professional translations company. The applicant will carry this cost.)

The Trade Reference Form (Form B) must be completed and submitted with your application. Without Form B, Form A becomes void.
Supporting Documents (Marked as C), are not compulsory to submit along with your application. These are mere suggestions on how you can strengthen your application. For example: Photographs, videos, press cuttings, promotional materials, procedural documents, certificates for environmental or working standards etc., in ENGLISH*
A high resolution copy of the company logo in PDF and JPG formats.
Photographs: A maximum of 10 high resolution photographs may be submitted. We encourage you to submit photographs of:
The company workforce and any key personnel
The headquarters of the company and the working environment
Photos that demonstrate your high standards
Any other photos you feel would strengthen your entry
Videos: A maximum of five high quality videos may be submitted. We recommend sending one video which is no longer than 1 minute long, if you have this available. If not, feel free to send your ordinary company video.
To submit any large files, please send using wetransfer.com or share by using dropbox.com.

GUIDELINES ON HOW TO COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM ( FORM A)

STEP 1: (Question: 1.1-1.5)

CHOOSE WHICH CATEGORY YOU WISH TO ENTER – Categories: The three categories cover different types of grower businesses. These have been introduced so the awards can better represent the wide range of growers operating around the world and give them a better opportunity to win an award. The categories are as follows:

Finished Plants & Trees Growers of plants and trees that are ready for final sale.
Young Plants Growers of cuttings, plugs, liners, seedlings etc., which are sold for growing on.
Cut Flowers & Bulbs Growers of flowers and foliage which are cut for indoor decorative use and bulbs.
NEW: Inspiring Business Award Growing businesses with less than ten employees ( full-time equivalent ) an apply for this award, which is looking for small businesses that demonstrate unique qualities and innovation.
NEW: Sustainability Award All award entrants will be invited to put their business forward for the AIPH Sustainability Award. The award will recognize best practice and innovation in improving sustainability in areas including water use, chemical use, climate change, energy use, transportation, labour management and social standards.
Each company may enter more than one category. You will be required to fill in one ‘Entry Forms (A)’ per entry. For example if you enter two categories you will need to enter two ‘Entry Forms (A)’.

STEP 2: (Question: 2.1-2.5)

PROVIDING FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The financial information you provide must be approved by either your financial auditor or your management accountant.
The budget for the current year (must be approved by the Company Board).
The Jury must respect the confidentiality of all information submitted by the entrant, whether oral or in writing. A jury member will not enter into discussion, comment or correspondence should the jury decision be challenged by a nominee. This must be sought directly from the AIPH secretariat. To protect and respect the confidential nature of the applications, each jury members is expected to sign a legal ‘Confidentiality Agreement’.

STEP 3: (Questions: 3.1 – 6.5 )

Please complete sections on:
Level of Innovation   – Market Orientation
Environmental Standards – Human Resource Policy

GUIDELINES ON HOW TO COMPLETE THE TRADE REFERENCE FORM (FORM B)

Obtaining your Nomination/Reference
There are two routes for entering the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards.

1. Nomination by an AIPH member or a national trade organization  AIPH members are organizations that represent the interests of ornamentals growers in their countries and regions. AIPH members are entitled to nominate entrants; visit www.aiph.org to view the current AIPH member list. Each AIPH member can nominate a maximum of three entrants per category, either from the results of a national competition or by acting as a trade reference where there is no national competition.

Where there is no AIPH member in their home country, entrants should be nominated by a national trade body based in their home country. National trade bodies can nominate a maximum of three entrants per category either through a national competition or by acting as a trade reference.

Conditions for Nominations by National Trade Bodies: Where an entrant is nominated through the results of a national competition, a copy of the original report or comments from the national competition’s judging panel or jury, must be provided in ENGLISH, giving the reasons for selecting the candidate (max two pages).Where an entrant is nominated by a national trade body, but there is no national competition, a trade reference must be provided within Entry Form (A).

2. Direct application

Where there is no national trade body, or if a grower has no links to a national trade body in their home country, they can nominate themselves but will be expected to provide a minimum of two trade references.

Conditions for Trade References:

Companies acting as a trade reference must comply with the following rules:

The reference must be active in and with a focus on the horticulture industry.
The company must have been in business for a minimum of two years prior to 1 January 2016.
The reference must not be related or affiliated with your business in any way.
The reference must give a reference for your business of their own free will and must not accept anything in return for acting as a reference.

Each trade reference must complete Trade Reference Form (B). The company providing the reference will be asked to answer the following questions:
1.    How long have you known the business applying for AIPH International Grower of the Year?

2.    What is the nature of your business with them?

3.    Please explain why this business should be considered as International Grower of the Year?

AIPH may contact the organization(s) that have nominated or acted as trade references for each entrant to verify the information given.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Judging

The judging panel comprises of seven people (one chairman, three category chairmen, three judges) and are selected and approved by the AIPH Executive Committee for a period of three years. The AIPH Executive Committee select specialists to chair each category to ensure a robust and fair process and an overall chairman to ensure the category chairmen are following the guidance and to ensure the overall winner is selected in a fair manner.

All judges must meet the following criteria:

Their day-to-day role must be active in and with a focus on the horticulture industry.
They must be knowledgeable on the ornamental horticulture production sector and will not have any conflict of interest in relation to entrants.
They must commit to reading and understanding the regulations of the International Grower of the Year Awards and to following them closely.
They must personally read and scrutinize the information sent to them about each entrant and give a reasoned review of each entrant through the Judging Form, giving a mark for each of the criteria.
They must take part in judging discussions (if needed these will be done by phone or video call) plus the final judging at the AIPH Congress in October 2016.
They must respect the confidentiality of all information submitted by the entrant, whether oral or in writing.
A jury member will not enter into discussion, comment or correspondence should the jury decision be challenged by a nominee. This must be sought directly from the AIPH secretariat.
To protect and respect the confidential nature of the applications, each jury members is expected to sign a legal ‘Confidentiality Agreement’.
General comment from the judges on the standard of individual entrants can be requested after the awards are revealed in January 2017 and is intended as direction to entrants for future years.

Awards:

A Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded to each category, plus possibly one further honorary plaque.
The three Gold winners of each category will then automatically be entered as a candidate for the prestigious overall IGOTY Award.
Free Advertising, marketing and PR *: One year’s FREE advertising: Awards logos will be issued to all winning and shortlisted companies within two weeks of the Awards for use on their websites, press releases, headed paper etc. Mention on twitter and facebook. Inclusion in all promotional material including email, website and event PR. Your company name and logo on AIPH website and event page. Free promotion of your company in the ‘Finalist Brochure’ which is a gift to all guests ( 300 – 500 ) attending the Awards Ceremony.
Be featured on IPM’s website and be part of IPM press releases, reaching out to 1577 exhibitors, 45 nations and 57,000 trade visitors
Any questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us

Address: AIPH, Horticulture House, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RN, United Kingdom

Email: sara.sharp@aiph.org

 

ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018 COMPETITION. 

ARE YOU THE WORLD’S BEST ORNAMENTALS GROWER?

Entry is easy, quick and FREE!

ENTER THE AWARDS AND GET GLOBAL RECOGNITION

DO YOU HAVE EXCELLENCE IN… IGOTY Winner 2016_Costa Farms_USA_275px WHY ENTER? BENEFIT FROM…
  •  Economic performance
  • Demonstrate your professionalism
  •  Level of innovation
  • Raise your profile
  •  Market orientation
  • Get the edge over your competition
  •  Environmental standards
  • Impress your customers
  •  Human resource policy?
  • Attract new talent and customers
  • Boost staff enthusiasm and commitment
  • Benefit from a valuable commercial marketing tool

CATEGORIES

IGOTY Catx5 2017 Gui Zhou Miaofu Urban Horticulture2FINISHED PLANTS AND TREES
Plants and trees that are ready for final sale.
2017 Graff Kristensen2YOUNG PLANTS
Cuttings, plugs, liners, seedlings, etc, which are sold for growing on.
2017 Flores El Capiro2CUT FLOWERS AND BULBS
Flowers and foliage which are cut for indoor decorative use and bulbs.
NEW – SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
All award entrants will be invited to put their business forward for the AIPH Sustainability Award. The award will recognise best practice and innovation in improving sustainability in areas including water use, chemical use, climate change, energy use, transportation, labour management and social standards.
NEW – INSPIRING BUSINESS AWARD
Grower businesses with less than ten employees (full-time equivalent) can apply for this award which is looking for small businesses that demonstrate unique qualities and innovation.

YOU MAY ENTER MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY!

ENTRIES TIMELINE

14 August 2017 Deadline to submit entry forms
August 2017 Additional information may be requested by the jury
End September Judging
Early October 2017 Announcement of finalists
31 October 2017 Early bird ticket booking offer ends
8 January 2018 Ticket bookings close
23 January 2018 Gala dinner & Awards ceremony

 

 

 

 

EACH FINALIST RECEIVES ONE GALA DINNER SEAT!

HOW TO ENTER

1) SELECT THE CATEGORY THAT SUITS YOUR BUSINESS

  • Finished Plants and Trees
  • Young Plants
  • Cut Flowers and bulbs
  • NEW – Sustainability Award
  • NEW – Inspiring Business Award

You may choose to enter more than one category.
Please note one entry form (A) is required per category entry.

2) COMPLETE YOUR ENTRY

  • Answer every question on entry form (A).
  • Supply as much information as possible and supply supporting documentation if necessary.

3) SECURE YOUR NOMINATION OR REFERENCE

  • Complete the trade reference form (B).
  • Are you being nominated by an AIPH member or a national trade body, or do you need to collect trade references? Contact the AIPH member, national trade body or trade references now to ensure they are happy to nominate you/act as a trade reference.
  • Sign off your entry and send your completed entry to your nominator or trade references for their review and sign off.

4) SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

  • Enter online or email your entry to sara.sharp@aiph.org by 14 August 2017.
  • Mark any supporting documentation as (C) documents.
  • Read full rules and procedures 2018.

ENTRY CONDITIONS

ROUTES TO ENTRY

There are two routes to enter the AIPH IGOTY Awards:

1. NOMINATION

You may be nominated by an AIPH member or a national trade body that is based in your home country, following the results of a national competition or by acting as a trade reference. Nominators can support a maximum of three entrants per category. Visit www.aiph.org to view the current AIPH member list.

2. DIRECT APPLICATION

You may enter directly by nominating yourself. This option is only granted where there is no national trade body or if you have no links to a national trade body, in your home country. You will be expected to provide a minimum of two trade references and the jury may request further information. Please read full rules and procedures 2018 to see the restrictions on who can act as a trade reference.

AIPH will contact and verify the organisation(s) that have nominated you or acted as trade references.

ADJUDICATION

Adjudication will be by an independent international judging panel selected and approved by AIPH Board Members. The judges’ decisions are final. General comments from the judges on individual entrants can be requested after the awards are revealed in January 2018 and are intended as direction to entrants for future years.