FAM­ILY FIRST

Kent Life - - The Insider’s Guide -

Mill­brook Gar­den Com­pany marked its 40th an­niver­sary with a party at its Gravesend cen­tre and a month of prize-giv­ing at all three of its cen­tres in Kent.

The in­de­pen­dent fam­ily run busi­ness was launched in 1979 when en­tre­pre­neur­ial cou­ple Dick and Sue Allen bought a piece of land in Crow­bor­ough and opened their first gar­den venture.

Twenty five years later they bought a six-acre field just out­side Gravesend and built Mill­brook Gravesend.

When Dick died in 1997, Sue’s el­dest daugh­ter Tammy took over as Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and in 2013 Mill­brook ac­quired its third cen­tre in Sta­ple­hurst.

To­day, Chair­man Sue is also sup­ported by Tammy’s hus­band Ben as Fi­nance Di­rec­tor; her grand­daugh­ter Kirsty is De­sign Co­or­di­na­tor.

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