We are delighted to announce that Graham Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley has been included within the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100,’ which recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within a family business.
Recognition in respect of:
- Inspirational Leader
- Multi-Generational Family Business Leader
- Next Generation
Graham worked all his free time in the family business from the age of 12, and gained two year’s experience at Gledstone Gardens, Skipton. When the company bought Endfield Nurseries in East Yorkshire, Graham was appointed Manager, quickly doubling the turnover.
After 4 years Graham returned to the parent nursery with a management role in the office, which made best use of his organisation and computer skills. Sales reached £1 million in 1995 and Graham has been instrumental in taking turnover to £15 million in the current year.
Graham’s ability to motivate the 130 staff, create new markets and develop sophisticated computer systems, as well as developing successful BSI Quality and Environmental systems since 1990, has ensured an annually profitable and successful business, which is now one of the major wholesale suppliers of Nursery Stock in the UK.
Graham became Group Managing Director in 2010, and continues to motivate all staff by the provision of his personal approach, clear leadership style and culture that sees the family firm go from strength to strength and he fully deserves his place in the Family Business Top 100.