Tony Dedman, garden product stalwart retires after 48 years in trade

Company: Garland

After 48 years in the garden trade, Tony Dedman, operations director of Garland Products/Worth Gardening is to retire on 30th September. Tony is pictured at Glee 2017 with his son Mark, who is sales director of the company.

During the past five years Tony has been involved in the introduction and launch of over 700 new products to the Garland/Worth Gardening portfolio and has helped expand the company’s sales to worldwide markets. Tony was also involved in establishing the company’s new distribution warehouse.

Tony’s career commenced in 1969 and has included periods with Haselden, where he was selling the Hasel hose reel and then with Netlon Ltd. He then worked with Netlon/ Sentinel as both a representative and agent before becoming sales director of Bosmere Products.

Tony has been a regular face at garden events and has been involved in every single Glee exhibition and before that the Hardware Show in London. He has also just completed 39 years at the spoga+gafa international trade fair in Cologne, having first exhibited there in 1973.

To ensure continuity, Tony’s role will be assumed by Mark Dedman with the support of Phil Burgoyne who joined the management team in January 2017. In his retirement, Tony plans to play more golf, to have more involvement in the indoors bowls club and to spend more time on holidays and gardening with his wife, Ginette.

The Garland Products Group specialises in the manufacture of plastic injection moulded products and is one of the fastest growing suppliers to the garden industry. 

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Tony Nick,  28 Sep 2017:
...Have a happy one Tony. We have many good memories over the last 40 years,and it was a pleasure working with you for the last few years before I retired.
Mike Vaudin,  26 Sep 2017:
...Good luck in retirement Tony. Enjoy it all as I do after a long working life. A great pleasure to have dealt with you and always in gentlemanly fashion.

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