Harrogate Christmas & Gift

Latest News: Garden centre and gift buyers flood to Harrogate

The 66th Harrogate Christmas & Gift closed its doors on one of its most successful shows ever in January with the majority of exhibitors reporting a first class event…

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Bumper attendance at Christmas & Gift

With just one day to go, Harrogate Christmas & Gift reports another increase in visitors for the fourth year running with numbers already up five percent compared to 2014.

Exhibitors are reporting a bumper event, with many taking a record number of orders and comments to the organisers such as; ‘sales up dramatically on last year,’ and ‘our most successful trade show in years.’

Johan Frölich of Jette Frölich Design said: “We’ve had lots of new and returning customers this year and are pleased that many buyers who have perused our products here in the past, have placed orders with us for the first time. We are delighted to have received orders from some of the larger garden centre chains and have taken more orders overall in three days than we did for the entire show last year.”

Retailers and buyers appear to be spending more time at the show too. Mandy Bromwhich from the The Watermill Experience, Barton le Clay has attended for three days and comments: “I come to Harrogate Christmas & Gift every year and have found some really nice new ranges again. I’m particularly interested in new colour ways and love the new copper theme as well as the welcome return of black and white product ranges. Among my favourite items at the show so far are the new lit canvasses – these always sell really well.”

Tomorrow is the last chance to come along and see some great new products for all occasions – Christmas, Halloween, in fact every notable date in the calendar year. The show is open from 9am until 4pm – full details on this website.

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Celebrations all round

Garden centres across the UK were celebrating last night as the winners of the Greatest Christmas Awards were announced at an event hosted by Garden Trade News at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. A full list of winners can be viewed at this LINK. Great fun was had by all, with a meal and entertainment provided by an ABBA tribute band, leading to a late night for many and a few sore heads this morning!

During the evening, the directors of Harrogate Christmas & Gift made a presentation to Malcolm Naish of Lema Publishing to mark 50 years of continuous attendance at the show. Warren Cornelius presented Malcolm with an engraved crystal decanter and bottle of vintage port to mark the occasion.

Once again, the halls of the Harrogate International Centre have been buzzing with activity today with buyers from numerous multiple and independent retailers arriving to view new  ranges for 2015. According to exhibitors, they are liking what they see and order books are filling fast.

Fortunately, the weather looks set to remain reasonably dry for the next few days, so if you are planning to travel by road or rail you can anticipate a trouble-free journey. The show is open on Tuesday 13th January from 9am until 6pm and on Wednesday 14th from 9am until 4pm.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Business is Thriving

With lights a blazing and baubles sparkling, the doors opened on Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015 today and in its 66th year, the show is proving more popular than ever. From the moment the doors opened at 9am this morning, the halls of the Harrogate International Centre were packed with retailers and buyers seeking exciting new products for the coming year.

There is notably great diversity in ranges on display, with the height of new technology in lighting, electrical decorations and accessories; yet well balanced with an array of traditional designs too. Soft home furnishing such as cushions, throws, hugely popular wall plaques and signs, plus floral and fragrant ranges appear to be attracting significant attention from buyers from all sectors; whilst it's great to see the return of the trusty Christmas cracker with a number of suppliers.

Anticipation is buzzing amongst visitors from the garden centre sector as they eagerly await the results of the Greatest Christmas Awards which take place at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate this evening. Judges having been visiting garden centres across the UK in recent months comparing Christmas displays and services and the very best will be announced tonight.

There's still plenty of time to come along to the show which is open from 9am to 6pm tomorrow and Tuesday and 9am and 4pm on Wednesday.

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Heading to Harrogate

With just two days to go until the UK’s favourite festive trade show – Harrogate Christmas & Gift – retailers heading to the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate from across the UK are in for a real treat. The show offers more new exhibitors than ever before, displaying exciting and diverse product ranges. Don’t forget to check out the full Exhibitor List – here’s a snapshot of what you can expect to see during your visit.

New lighting technology

Retailers visiting the 2015 show can look forward to SnowTime’s QuickLight technology: pre-lit hinged trees that no longer require a wiring connection between tree sections. Quite simply, electrical connections are made and the tree lights instantaneously when the central pole is slotted together. It’s a perfect solution for those customers who don’t want to sacrifice style over convenience. SnowTime’s QuickLight technology offers two great looking artificial trees with the added advantage of reduced assembly: The luxury Manitoba Spruce; a slim conical-shaped tree with densely packed branches and the premium Ashley Fir; with moulded PE outer branches that look and feel like the real thing. Visit SnowTime on Stand D11.

Firework spectacular

You may already know about Sparkle and Light’s amazing 3D Christmas glasses – well, now Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve and any fireworks celebration will be even more spectacular with its brand new 3D Fireworks Glasses. Already a huge hit in the USA, more than 200 million people have viewed fireworks displays wearing these glasses.

The Fireworks Glasses include holographic diffraction lenses that break light into amazing rainbow bursts; and with a typical retail price of £1.49 a pair, the compact desktop POS provides a great impulse buy and sits perfectly on your fireworks display counter. The standard retailer pack includes the POS display plus 150 pairs of glasses, shipped direct to your mainland UK address. Come and visit Sparkle and Light’s stand C21 and see for yourself!

Inspirational Christmas collections

CB Imports has grown to be one of the UK’s largest importers of Christmas, artificial flowers, floral supplies, pottery and glassware, homeware, giftware and seasonal products and takes pride in bringing the latest trends and ideas directly to its customers at the best possible prices.

Extensive research allows CB imports to plan ahead for what is set to be another fantastic year, bringing the latest ‘must-have’ items to the market. The trends come alive with beautiful merchandising, allowing customers to create their own desired Christmas collections. Visit CB Imports on Stand B6.

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Kick start 2015

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic holiday - the lucky ones among us managed to take a few extra days off over the festive period, but for most gift retailers business remains incredibly busy with January sales and customers flocking for a bargain.

With just a week until the doors open to Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015, the people of Harrogate are treated to an extended festive atmosphere with Christmas lights and decorations sparkling in the streets and trees. This entire beautiful north Yorkshire town comes alive with the buzz of the show which, including all of the exhibitors and visitors, attracts around 4,000 additional people to the town filling restaurants, bars, hotels and shops - and of course the halls of the Harrogate International Centre.

There is still time to pre-register to visit (entry is free!) so if you have a friend or colleague in the industry who you think would like to attend, please forward this email or recommend the website at www.harrogatefair.com

The best of Festive

Festive Productions Ltd has over 25 years of Christmas design and manufacturing and proudly supplies many large and well-known retail chains. The company has plenty of exciting new ranges to catch your attention including Kirstie Allsopp for festive, baubles and tinsel, Hello Kitty Christmas, Festive Wallbug and Scentsicles. Visit Festive on Stand C2 and C39.

Exclusive in the UK

Anglo American Distributors has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for Haute-Decor USA, which complements perfectly its own best selling Adams Christmas decorating accessories range in the UK.

Haute-Decor manufactures a large range of attractive Christmas stocking hangers and mantle scrolls in various metal finishes and designs and all products come in attractive high quality packaging. Haute-Decor is known for the patented 'Original Mantle Clip' for stockings and for its 'Candy Cane' design which brightens up any mantle. The range also includes wreath hangers and a variety of garland twist ties in many colours. Visit Anglo American on Stand C3.

Cutting art

Artcuts is attending the Harrogate Christmas & Gift for the first time in 2015 and trading for only three years, has quickly built a reputation for producing unique and elegant products of the highest quality. Using hand silk-screened papers and fabrics Artcuts' designs are original and stylish, making its decorations and gifts the perfect choice for a variety of special occasions. Already supplying prestigious London stores and independent gift boutiques throughout the UK, the company is looking forward to exhibiting to new customers. It will be featuring fresh new collections for 2015 along with its highly successful established ranges. Visit Artcuts on Stand B16.

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Putting plans into place

According to an article in the Independent last week, the majority of us consumed a staggering 6,000 calories on Christmas Day (that's equivalent to 12 Big Macs!) So despite the fact that you may have to loosen your buckle a notch, we hope you had a fabulous Christmas with plenty of cheer. Of course the fun isn't over yet and in just three days time we will all be over-indulging again as we see in the New Year with family and friends; and maybe put into place a New Year's resolution too!

If your first plan of the year is to boost business and increase sales - we are delighted to be able to offer a helping hand. Harrogate Christmas & Gift has the best that the industry has to proffer in terms of exhibitors, so check out this website to see what the show has in store.

Talent from Amsterdam

Thanks to a talented Dutch designer, Idealinks Home Decorations catches the latest trends each year with special Christmas home decor products including various collections of tree ball ornaments, figurines, flowers and table accessories. Working with in-house factories and partners, the company's experienced production team delivers trusted, well-loved products allowing customers to decorate their homes with a fresh outlook from corner to corner.

Customer satisfaction is key to Idealinks' success and it sales team listens to clients' requirements with collections tailored to market needs at competitive prices. Visit Idealinks on Stand B1A.

Gifts for all occasions

CGB Giftware has a whole host of exciting new product launches at Harrogate this year including Adventure Awaits (travel range); The Vegetable Patch (gardening range); Beside the Seaside (nautical range); The Garden Party (Summer party range); Absolutely Fabulous (girls fashion range) and Christmas 2015 including its best selling line, the hessian Santa sacks in new red colour as well as new canvas Santa sack designs. Visit CGB Giftware on Stand B25.

Lighting up the design

Danish design company Jette Frölich Design brings a range of new 2015 designs to Harrogate and for the first time has integrated LED light into some of its designs. See it range of beautiful glass baubles with Winter Forest motif on the outside and a skating girl and LED light inside the bauble - this comes in three different sizes. Also from Jette Frölich Design a gorgeous new Top & Hanging star with LED light in silver. Visit the company on Stand C10 to see its new designs and complete 2015 collection.

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