Historic Gloucester-based footwear and clothing distributor, Gardiners, are delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Heritage’ award in a photographic competition, ‘The Essence of Family Business’. Gardiners, who began its humble life in Alvin Street in 1860 now operate from an 85,000 square feet bulk storage facility in Gloucester allowing the family business to distribute 114 high street brands and hold 720,000 items in stock at any time. Plans for a new showroom to showcase current lines and modern trends is well underway and Spring 2015 sees the introduction of a new pick and pack facility including Phase 1 of the up-to-the-minute Warehouse Management System.
Jolyon Gardiner, having qualified as an accountant joined the company in 1962, says “I can remember walking up Alvin Street at the end of World War Two when everyone was celebrating VE Day so my memories go back a long time. My grandparents lived in Worcester Street and the house was in the family for about 100 years before it was sold. I have a long association and a fondness for the area. The best thing about being part of a family business is working with wonderful people. We have a brilliant team working here and we are very lucky indeed.”
Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United who are hosting the awards said, “We are delighted with the volume and quality of photographs that have been sent in and shortlisted for the campaign. There are some truly beautiful images from family firms all over the UK, a real vibrancy and diversity to them and they really do demonstrate the very ‘essence of family business’ which was our intention. Awards will be given to the winners of the three categories, Heritage, Generations and Abstract with an overall winner of the Essence of Family Business 2014.”
“The judges have a tough decision to make but notwithstanding that there will be winners, all of the photographs are an incredible insight into families that work together, the way that they have evolved over generations and the great variety of sectors that family businesses operate in. We are excited about the next stage in the process and look forward to celebrating with the winners in due course.”
The nominated image shows Alvin Street in the 1950's with Gardiners on the right hand side. Like and share the image on facebook at: http://on.fb.me/1qQayfi
The prizes will be awarded at a Gala Reception and Dinner at the luxurious house in Berkeley Square in London on October 15.