M E E T U S
Our team represents a diverse mix of disciplines, outlooks and contributions that all combine to make the Langton Greenhouse & Garden Centre what it is. Here are our managers' stories, so you can get to know the faces behind the counter a little better.
OUR GARDEN CENTRE MANAGER CORY SCHOLES
Since joining our team in February 2019, Cory has turned our Garden Centre into what it is today. Having worked in the garden centre industry for 20 years, Cory has sought out the best suppliers and growers in the industry; those which supply the best quality plants and who constantly push to provide new and exciting plants for our gardeners.
Through his experience, Cory prides himself on his expert knowledge and has definitely earned the title of ‘plant nerd’ on site. Cory takes great pleasure in helping customers and passing on his knowledge to ensure that their gardens thrive.
Another personal passion for Cory’s is the environment, and the way our industry can help to protect it. Therefore, we are pushing hard to have a wider range of 'friendly' products, such as peat-free compost, organic feeds, and recycled pots and planters.
"Here at the Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre, we are extremely passionate about plants, and will always strive to have top quality plants as the heart and soul of our business, be that indoor or outdoor plants. We have strong relationships with our suppliers and growers, built up over many years, so we can always guarantee a great selection at amazing prices.
We also have a great range of products to help your garden grow, from multi-purpose and specialist composts to feeds and sprays to keep your plants growing strongly. My aim for the Langton Garden Centre is to be the best around, with top quality plants at the heart of our offering here."
OUR GIFT CENTRE MANAGER KATIE BEECH
Katie joined our team in 2015 after being a stay at home mum for many years. Katie is Yorkshire born and bred, and a proud daughter of Huddersfield.
After leaving school, Katie studied Travel & Tourism, which lead on to her working as a Travel Agent for four years. Katie then went on to work for the Yorkshire Building Society, until leaving to take care of her young family full time. She moved to Kibworth, Leicestershire with her children in 2007.
After working in our Greenhouse Café for a year, Katie's eye for fashion and interest in our gifts selection as a whole made her the perfect choice for our budding Gift Centre. Katie embraced the new job role, and quickly set to work, honing our range and style into a unique shopping experience. Her buying is often complimented for its differentiation from both high street and country shops & garden centres alike.
"I am passionate about getting it right when it comes to buying for the shop, I like that we’re different and quirky. We are fortunate to be able to attend some of the continental trade fairs, which enables us to choose products that you won’t see elsewhere. I hear from our customers' comments like “I love that they have unique things in here” and “ you can always find a great gift”. Customers expect a high level of service and it’s our job to offer it to them and having the right products is key.’
OUR FOODS MANAGER MAGS HARRISON
Mags began her journey with the Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre before the café even existed. Mags moved back to Leicestershire in 2007 after living in London for 18 years. Mags previously held a job in the Head Office of fashion retailer, Jigsaw, in the Kew Gardens area of London, responsible for all the in-house catering requirements for their staff, as well as corporate events.
Gaining extensive knowledge during her five years working there, with catering ranging from staff lunches, canapés for the press office, and catering fashion shows to managers meetings, directors’ lunches, and even cooking for royalty (with Kate Middleton working for the same company).
Mags employed this knowledge and experience when designing our menu, a big reason it is the popular and renowned destination it is today. She is an incredibly creative chef, and now heads up our Speciality Foods department too
"I think it's probably safe to say that I'm one of, if not THE longest-standing member of staff at the Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre. Having worked here since early 2013, I have watched the company develop and grow into the popular destination garden centre it is today.
My area of expertise is food. It may be a cliché, but I am a self-proclaimed foodie. Over the years I have worked hard, utilising my knowledge and interest in the food industry to develop the menu, create dishes and recruit for the kitchen. Having a speciality foods department on-site also, I look forward to the challenge of getting involved in creating and expanding a new and exciting area for our customers to shop in when they visit what I consider to be the best garden centre in Leicestershire."
OUR FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER & HEAD CHEF STEPH & DAVID JAMES
Dave has been a professional Chef since 2005, having worked his way up to Head Chef of a gastropub kitchen within 2 years. With a trademark cool head and a high level of culinary skill, he is able to maintain excellent standards of production under high pressure.
11 years ago, Dave met Steph, a strong headed waitress, with passion and a sharp wit, and they've been together ever since. Dave popped the question, surprising Steph with a trail of rose petals through the restaurant, in 2015, and they were married later that year.
Both having started in early 2018, Dave moved straight into our Head Chef role, further strengthening our kitchen team and bringing a calm resolve which remains integral. Steph came on board as our Assistant Manager at the time, she worked her way up to Front of House Manager and is an effective leader with a fantastic sense of service and a clear vision of what she wants to achieve in the role, building on our current reputation to create an ethos of impeccable service throughout.