North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is on the region’s best business shortlist for the second year running.
This list is compiled by York Business School, York St John University, Make it York and The Press publication. The ‘York Top 100 Businesses’ report has nominated Johnsons as 34th place in the ‘Top 100 Businesses’ awards for 2018.
The Top 100 shortlist uses an algorithm devised by York Business School. It considers key performance factors such as turnover, profit, growth and staff numbers. Johnsons placed at number 55 in 2017 – the report’s inaugural year.
First established in 1921 by World War One veteran, Eric Johnson, the firm’s current chairman, John Richardson, took over the business in 1964. He established it as Johnsons of Whixley Ltd in 1993.
Johnsons employs over 90 staff – which rises to nearly 200 during seasonal peaks. The company covers around 150 acres of land.
Johnsons, whose turnover was £12m in 2017, is one of the largest commercial nurseries in the UK. It is and a trusted supplier of plants and trees across the amenity sector. Johnsons has worked on high profile projects such as Forth Road Bridge and the Athlete’s Village for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
John joined Johnsons marketing co-ordinator, Ellie Richardson, at the Top 100 Businesses breakfast. The event was on 14 November at York St John University.
John Richardson said:
“It’s fantastic to feature alongside so many first-class businesses in the Top 100 list. The company continues to ensure that the right decisions keep the business pushing forward during uncertain times. The Top 100 accolade is testament to the staff who, as always, are supportive of the company’s objectives and ambitions. We look forward to continuing to be a significant contributor to the ‘green’ environment.”