Forty years on... Neville and Richard go over the edge for charity

40 years after meeting at Pershore, Richard Lawton and Neville Stein are to abseil down the Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 28th of March 2020, raising funds for Perennial.

Both left Pershore college of Horticulture in 1980 and have remained good friends and associates in the Horticultural industry.

“We have both had fantastic careers in this wonderful industry,” said Richard.  “Sadly, many people fall on hard times through no fault of their own, so we both want to help those less fortunate and raise as much as possible for this wonderful charity!”

You can support their fund raising for Perennial at  or stein.

Richard Lawton is a director of Perennial Trading and has recently been elected as chairman. He is also a part-time consultant working in the Nursery stock sector.

Having started his post education career in the retail sector with Hurrans Garden Centres in 1981 , Richard spent the majority of his career with Hillier Nurseries working closely with garden centres and multiples on the wholesale sales and marketing side of the business for over 30 years. In 2016 Richard joined the Newey group as business manager before retiring from full time employment in 2018.

Neville Stein works primarily  in the ‘land based’ sector.  He is a business consultant for SMEs and family enterprises, having worked with a wide range of organisations both in the UK and internationally including Eastern Europe and China.

Neville is also an associate tutor at West Suffolk College and delivers training and workshops in sales and marketing, presentation skills and finance for non-financial managers. He is also an assessor on the MHort for the RHS and is an independent board member for AHDB Horticulture. In addition to several investments in some local companies, Neville has just bought a high street sandwich bar with his son.

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