Colin Squire, Chairman of Squireâs Garden Centres, received his OBE from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday 18th May. He was given the award in the Queenâs New Yearâs Honours list in recognition of his services to the horticultural industry and to charity.
Colin Squire said: âIt was a very special day, and lovely to share it with my two daughters Sarah and Elizabeth and their families. I felt immensely honoured. I have been very fortunate to work in this wonderful industry and to have enjoyed the support and friendship of so many inspirational people over the years.â
Squireâs is a successful family business, with 15 garden centres across the South East. The company was founded by Colinâs father D.J. Squire as a nursery and landscape business over 80 years ago, and Colin (81) formally joined the business in the late 1950âs and developed the groupâs garden centres.
Colinâs daughter Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squireâs commented: âIt was a wonderful day, and an absolute privilege to celebrate my fatherâs achievements, both in horticulture and in his charity and community work. It is my fatherâs character, values and judgment that permeate the business, and his enthusiasm, ready smile and commitment are reflected throughout the organisation. We are all so proud of him.â
Published: 29 May 2018 – Kiran Grewal, DIY Week