Greenfield firm celebrates after winning Queen's Award for Enterprise

Date published: 29 April 2021

Heritage Glasshouse and Greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has been recognised in this year’s prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for its work growing sales of its English, handmade structures abroad.

The Greenfield-based, 83-year-old business has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, for Outstanding Short Term Growth following a 144 per cent increase in its overseas sales over the last three years, and the subsequent transformation of its strongest markets.

The US has now overtaken its domestic demand, to become the manufacturer’s dominant market, and the business has subsequently broken into four additional international markets.

Hartley Botanic is a historic English business, specialising in luxury, bespoke and handmade aluminium Glasshouses and Greenhouses.

Operating from the same factory in Greenfield since 1938, the company has earned an unrivalled reputation for crafting ‘the finest Glasshouses and Greenhouses money can buy.’

The business has been selling its Glasshouses and Greenhouses internationally for over 20 years and has enjoyed a strong following for a number of years in the US, Germany and Scandinavia, but in the last three years, its global trade has built significantly. 

Martin Toogood, Chairman of Hartley Botanic, said: “From our historic factory, tucked away at the base of Lancashire’s dramatic Pennines’ Chew Valley, our glasshouses are handmade by a local team ready to be shipped across the globe.

"We couldn’t be more proud of the fact that our glasshouses and greenhouses are now being enjoyed by gardeners worldwide, and are thrilled to receive such a prestigious business accolade.

"For many, glasshouses are intrinsically linked to a romantic, comforting notion of Englishness and our 83-year-old business, with its incomparable range and commitment to traditional craftsmanship, is perfectly placed to deliver this.”

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