A DEDICATED businessman has won an award.

Ron Bent, chairman of Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury, has been acknowledged by the garden retail industry with a lifetime achievement award.

It recognises his long term commitment and visionary approach to garden centre retailing.

Ron’s son Matthew Bent, current managing director, said: “My father’s approach to the garden centre industry saw the transformation of the Bents business from a small traditional garden centre to an award-winning garden, home and leisure destination.

“This award is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work, commitment and passion he has shown, not only to our own business but the industry as a whole.”

Bents also picked up a garden retail award for its commitment to staff development.