Ben Smith

Sieff Winner 2014, South West - Buyer, Horticulture, B&Q, 
Ben Smith, Buyer, Horticulture, B&Q, Kingfisher plc

Ben is a dynamic young buyers who has managed to initiate and deliver a game changer in terms of both sustainability and efficiency in the horticulture market in which B&Q is the UK’s biggest retail player. He took on an environmental challenge with an optimists sense of what could be done with some inventiveness and challenge, engaging with key stakeholders to peruse a new direction in a very traditional market. Through the launching of a new product that has the capacity to change an industry through new technology, he has shown true leadership.

"Ben has driven the whole easyGrow project from creation and his product passion and enthusiasm in making it easy for customers has been at the heart of all of his decisions. He has worked across many departments in B&Q to gain engagement and has worked tirelessly to change the industry and make B&Q a destination for an exclusive product range. He should be very proud as we are of him."

Matthew Sexton, Director of CSR, B&Q