No doubt many of The Grocer's readers will have whiled away the bank holiday weekend pottering around in their gardens.

We certainly know of one green-fingered reader, Nigel Pattenden, a senior food technologist, deli category, at Marks and Spencer. He was the lucky winner of our recent competition to receive £500 worth of National Garden gift vouchers to spend in his garden or home. Nigel, a regular reader of The Grocer, has a choice of more than 2,000 garden centres in which to spend his winnings.

He tells us he is delighted to win and looks forward to reading The Grocer every week. Congratulations to Nigel.

Talking of winning, it is time to vote for your favourite in The Grocer Cup for outstanding business achievement 2006. On page 42 we showcase this year's shortlist of ten exceptional business leaders. This is an important award as the winner is chosen by our readers.

So if you believe that Tesco's Sir Terry Leahy has yet again proved his outstanding leadership credentials this year, or that Robert Schofield is the worthy recipient of the award thanks to his catapulting Premier Foods into the big league in the past 12 months, then cast your vote.

Could it be Stuart Rose, who has put Marks and Spencer's food business firmly back in the spotlight, or Tim Steiner, who has proved that the Ocado model works?

Turn to page 42 to see how to vote - and don't delay if you want your favourite to win!