Harrogate Christmas & Gift

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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… Read more

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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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Networking and Celebrations

Another great day at Harrogate Christmas & Gift with visitor numbers more than 10 per cent up on last year and a vibrant atmosphere throughout the halls of the Harrogate International Centre.

Many garden centre buyers and exhibitors had a fabulous evening last night at the Greatest Christmas Awards which took place at the Majestic Hotel, organised by Garden Trade News. There were lots of celebrations as winners were presented with awards; more than £2,000 was raised for the charity Make A Wish; plus great food and lots of dancing.

Tonight exhibitors and visitors will enjoy another great networking event with free drinks, entertainment and midnight snacks at the Majestic Hotel.

Christmas & Gift is open tomorrow (Tuesday 14th) from 9am to 6pm and Wednesday from 9am to 4pm so don't miss the opportunity to come along and see some amazing new product launches.

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Gift retailers flock to Harrogate

Harrogate Christmas & Gift has seen the biggest first day turnout for many years with the halls of the Harrogate International Centre packed to bursting with visitors from the moment the doors opened at 9.00am this morning (Sunday 12th January).

Show organiser, Simon Anslow, comments: "Visitor numbers at the show have been increasing year-on-year, however, footfall has been exceptionally high today with a notable increase in retailers seeking out innovative new home and gift lines. Whilst Christmas remains the dominant theme for the show, there has been a significant increase in exhibitors displaying home and gift items for all occasions and this is proving a big pull for not only garden centre buyers, but retailers from gift stores across the board."

Harrogate Christmas & Gift is open to trade from 9.00am until 6.00pm on Monday and Tuesday and 9.00am until 4.00pm on Wednesday. Entry is free and if you haven't already pre-registered, you can do so on the door. Visitors and exhibitors staying in Harrogate are cordially invited to join the organising team for free drinks, entertainment and midnight snacks from 10.00pm at the Majestic Hotel.

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