Budding businesses help Britain make the most of the great outdoors

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With the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show taking place this week, Aldermore is taking the time to recognise some of the growing businesses helping Britain make the most of the great outdoors.

undefinedPerrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries

Now into its third generation, Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries is a family-run small business producing a variety of plants and gardening products on a ten acre site in the Essex Countryside. While the business has been trading since the fifties, when owner Alan Bourne’s parents first started cultivating their own strawberry crops, it has earned a new lease of life in recent years, picking up the title of Britain’s best plant retailer in 2013.

Happy Families shop

The Happy Families shop is a toy shop that believes in encouraging pursuits that allow parents and children to spend time together and learn along the way, with a focus on gardening and other outdoor activities. Owner Claire and her partner decided on a tree as the logo for their business as a symbol of how outdoor play allows families to grow together.

Coppice Garden Centre

With a passion for art and design, the Coppice Garden Centre specializes in sourcing unique garden and homeware accessories to set off the beauty of nature. The Middleton based garden centre is also home to the Fig and Olive restaurant, serving homemade food prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients.

Ark Wildlife

Ark Wildlife founder Sean McMenemy first launched his own landscape gardening firm, Noah’s Ark Natural Gardens, back in 1991, but over time the business has evolved into much more.

After hearing from many customers looking to make their gardens more wildlife-friendly, McMenemy launched Ark Wildlife, offering a variety of seeds, feeders and habitat accessories to allow homeowners to co-exist peacefully with Britain’s native species.

Monkton Elm Garden Centre

Winner of Somerset’s business award for family businesses in 2012, Monkton Elm garden and pet centre has its origins in a tomato nursery set up by Mr and Mrs Bellman in 1978.

Over time, the business has evolved into a fully-fledged garden centre that hosts regular community events, but family values and a commitment to sustainability remain at its core. Working in harmony with their natural surroundings and local communities, each of these businesses highlights the crucial role UK SMEs play in shaping society, alongside driving the economy forward.

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