Harrogate Christmas & Gift

Latest News: A show first for Ashleigh & Burwood

Ashleigh & Burwood is proud to announce that it will be exhibiting for the first time ever at Harrogate Christmas & Gift from 11th - 14th January 2015, bringing its gorgeous and hugely popular giftwares to a wider market.

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Can't get enough of those ghosts!

Friday 31st October 2014 not only saw the UK basked in the warmest Halloween on record with temperatures souring to the 20s, but for many the busiest commercially on record too. We Brits have been behind the USA in enthusiasm for this annual festival, but have certainly caught on with all bells ringing. The scale of Halloween has grown beyond a few children 'trick or treating' door to door, with adults of all ages dressing up and partying the entire weekend - great news for retailers who saw Halloween stock literally flying of their shelves on broomsticks!

Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift in recent years will have noticed the steady increase in Halloween ranges at the show and will be spoilt for choice when looking for some exciting ghoulish products in 2015 - don't miss Floralsilk on Stand B1, Gisella Graham on Stand M14-16, Heaven Sends on C37 and Premier Decorations in H1.

Premier's new 'Christmas Stories' for 2015

One of the main attractions on the Premier Decorations stand at Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015 will be a truly innovative collection of new themed ranges that Premier believe will introduce the theatre of Christmas across not only Tree Trim but also Table and Room Decorations and Glass Ornaments.

A new Buyer, with over 20 years experience in this area, has recently joined the Premier team and as a result a new emphasis has been applied to sourcing new design led product that appeals specifically to the British and Irish market.

Featuring more unique designs than ever before, each of the eight new themes has its own specific colour palettes to help customers create their very own Christmas Stories in store. They range from Traditional to Contemporary, with one even being described as Traditional, with a twist! The ultimate aim is to inspire customers to create their own interpretation of each stunning collection.

One of the first opportunities to view these exciting new ranges alongside their inspirational displays, will in the Premier Decorations Hall H from January 11th to the 14th.

What a welcome

JVL supplies the ultimate collection of doormats to keep muddy footprints outside and floors cleaner for longer. The 2015 collection of coir and machine washable Christmas mats will be launched exclusively at Harrogate Christmas & Gift and are great to stock for impulse buys. Also available to order will be the company's quality range of Christmas hampers including the new 'Make your own hamper' which has seen outstanding sales for 2014. Visit JVL on Stand B18.

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Registration now open

Retailers looking for inspirational new gift ranges for all occasions are invited to register for one of the UK's fastest growing trade shows - Harrogate Christmas & Gift - which takes place at the Harrogate International Centre from 11th to 14th January 2015.

Whilst very much a festive event with exhibitors displaying everything from Christmas trees and tinsel to stocking fillers, Harrogate Christmas & Gift has also evolved to encompass diverse product ranges for the home and garden. The show is now a favourite for garden centre and gift shop buyers looking for exciting ranges all year round and visitors can expect to see furniture, ornaments and artificial flowers as well as garden furniture, decorative lighting and even barbecues.

In the bag

Heaven Sends is synonymous with Christmas and Santa is back in town with its new festive bag collection which ranges from classy to cheeky - in fact the company has a bag to suit every store. In recent years, Heaven Sends has also developed its reputation for quality, unique and quirky products and has expanded its range to incorporate 'must have' home accessories and gift products. Visit Heaven Sends on Stand C37.

Wrapped and ready

Padgett Bros (A to Z) Ltd is one of the largest Christmas grotto toy suppliers in the UK with customers such as shopping centres, theme parks, garden centres, heritage museums, railways, county councils, marketing companies - in fact anyone requiring grotto presents.

The company's elves and advisors provide a complete wrapping service with a personal choice of over 500 presents across the age ranges, including toys for babies, toddlers, girls, boys, unisex - all from birth to 14 years of age (it can even provide presents to OAP's and care homes).

Padgett Bros is also one of the largest importers of toys into the UK and supply amazing value for money - an unbeatable service; and all of its presents conform to the highest EU safety standards. It caters for the majority of price points - from those on a budget, to those wanting just that little bit extra. Visit Padgett Bros on Stand A28.

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Bumper new event on the cards

With just over three months until Harrogate Christmas & Gift, the organisers report a flurry of bookings from new companies which are guaranteed to inject some excitement to the show with numerous new product ranges for buyers to choose from.

C B Imports, which has a showroom in Wakefield and covers the entire UK and Ireland, is one of the UK's largest importers of artificial flowers, floral supplies, pottery and glassware, home and giftware and Christmas and seasonal products. The company will be showing it huge range of Christmas themed products from seasonal floral decorations and baubles to ornaments and decorative containers.

Other new names at the 2015 show include Artcutts with a beautiful range of wooden decorative ornaments; Ashleigh Burwood of London with fragrant lamps and candles; Halligan Raby with an eye-catching selection of personalised products from signs and door plaques to greetings cards and personalised chocolates; and Suki Gifts with some incredibly cute personalised ornamental characters and plush toys.

Simon Anslow, show organiser, says: "It is fantastic to see so many new companies jumping on board and the diversity of products and new ranges for 2015 is probably bigger than ever before. Word is spreading the Christmas & Gift is the number one UK show for festive buyers with a year-on-year increase in visitor numbers for the last four years. We are looking forward to a busier show than ever before."

Artificial Christmas trees 'good enough to fool santa!'

National Tree Company™ has joined forces with Norfolk Leisure to ensure that its well-known range of top of the line artificial Christmas trees and decorations will now be available to all. With Norfolk Leisure as National Tree Company's one and only UK distributor, a minimum order quantity of a full container is no longer a limitation! Orders can be placed at Harrogate Christmas & Gift for pallet quantities distributed by Norfolk Leisure, up to full container quantities direct from National Tree. A visit to the National Tree Company on Stand D09 is an absolute must in January!

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Gearing up for the festive event of the year

Companies in the gift industry are already gearing up for one of the most important calendar events of the year, particularly those in festive and garden sectors, with Harrogate Christmas & Gift reporting very little space left for the January 2015 show.

Simon Anslow, show organiser, comments: "With the rapid increase in visitor numbers in recent years, the show's reputation has escalated and we are not only seeing the return of previous exhibitors each year, but continue to attract new companies from around the world. Apart from a few stand spaces still available in Halls B and C, we are almost full booked, so companies sitting on the fence as to whether to join us in January will be very disappointed if they leave it much longer before confirming their space."

For the first time, Harrogate Christmas & Gift has appointed MICE Concierge as the official accommodation bureau for the show and both exhibitors and visitors can save considerable time and money by using its friendly service. The company can not only arrange airport shuttles between Leeds Bradford airport and Harrogate, but can recommend local restaurants and offers heavily discounted hotel rates. For example, rooms at the Cairn Hotel and The St George Hotel which are both just a hop away from the Harrogate International Centre are just £49 per night.

You can access MICE Concierges exclusive rates online at www.miceconcierge.com, email the team on hello@miceconcierge.com or call them on (01438) 908777.

Harrogate Christmas & Gift takes place at the Harrogate International Centre from 11th to 14th January 2015.

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New companies sign up for Harrogate

The deadline for previous Harrogate Christmas & Gift exhibitors to re-book their space has now past and new companies are quickly snapping up prime positions for the 2015 show.

Lows of Dundee and Widdop Bingham are the latest exhibitors to sign up and are looking forward to joining what is one of the fastest growing UK trade shows and probably the most important event for the festive products sector. The last three years have trended a significant increase in visitor numbers and the show is now considered the number one trade show for many garden centre, visitor attraction and department store Christmas buyers.

Widdop Bingham is a leading supplier of giftware to the trade and looks forward to presenting its comprehensive range of products at the show. Stephen Illingworth of Widdop Bingham comments: "We are thrilled to be exhibiting at Harrogate Christmas & Gift for the first time in 2015. After an incredibly successful first year with our Juliana Home Living Christmas decorations and giftware range we will have a three times bigger offering in 2015 across tea light holders, plaques, baubles, frames, floral and other decorations alongside unique Christmas products for Disney and children, all of which will be brand new in the UK. All of our lines will be available in our simple single pieces and supplemented with our industry recognised customer service. We look forward to welcoming you to our booth!"

Lows of Dundee is a family run business with a number of divisions including its horticultural and Christmas ranges which are particularly relevant to Harrogate Christmas & Gift. With everything from Christmas vine products such as reindeer and sleighs to indoor planters and basketware, the company's extensive catalogue promises an eye-catching display.

With halls H and M of the Harrogate International Centre already full, halls A and D almost booked and just a few positions left in halls B and C, companies wanting to participate in Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015, which takes place from 11th to 14th January, are advised to complete their booking forms as soon as possible. Space is just £168 per square metre, whilst shell scheme is £199 per square meter. The organiser can also provide traditional wooden shell scheme for £219 per square meter.

Full information and booking forms are available here, or contact Simon Anslow at simon@harrogatefair.com or call 01902 882280.

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The future is looking bright

Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2014 finished on an absolute high this year with a significant increase in visitor numbers, an atmosphere of positivity and an overall consensus that the recession is finally behind us.

The halls of the Harrogate International Centre were packed with buyers for the entire duration of the show and figures confirm that overall unique visitor numbers for extent of the four days were up almost 12 percent on last year and 16 percent in total. This indicates that not only were there many new buyers attending, but they were staying for longer spreading their visit out over two or three days.

Show organiser, Simon Anslow, comments: "It was obvious from the moment the doors opened on the first day of Harrogate Christmas & Gift that 2014 was going to be a busy show. Visitors were literally queuing to get in and the halls remained packed for pretty much the entire duration. The majority of exhibitors have confirmed that business was brisk and reported that there was a notable upturn in buying attitude. Retailers came in with open minds and open order books and are now fully stocked for next Christmas - and in fact the entire year ahead."

Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015 takes place from 11th - 14th January 2015 - exhibitor bookings open on 1st May 2014. For more information visit the website at www.harrogatefair.com

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