Countdown to Home & Gift show in Harrogate

Retailers attending next month’s Home & Gift show ‘can feel confident that they are ahead of the competition for the key second buying season,’ promises organiser Clarion Events.

Home & Gift is billed as ‘the retailers’ favourite buying festival’. Showcasing thousands of new brands and products, it takes place from July 17-20 July at Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

More than 850 exhibitors will show their wares across the fair’s four sectors: giftware, interiors & accessories, jewellery & fashion and greetings & stationery.

Of these, over 150 will be exhibiting for the first time, such as Bentley & Bo, Hannah Williamson, Suck UK, 1790 Creative, Stone Marketing, Tobar Group Trading, The Big Cheese Making Kit, Cornwall Soap Box, John Hanly & Co, Laura Skilbeck, Lorna Syson Textiles, McGregor Balfour (Textiles), The Green Board Game Company and Weekend365.

They will join returning exhibitors including Lesser & Pavey, Yankee Candle Co, Joe Davies (Manchester), Gisela Graham, Container Group Buying, Wild And Wolf, Culinary Concepts, Ashleigh & Burwood, JJ Vaillant and Dartington Crystal.

Show organiser Clarion Events said: ‘In addition to a vast array of exciting new products this year, buying from our new and returning exhibitors is set to be easier than ever, with a number of improvements to the look and feel of the show.’

Show director Cleere Scamell explained: “We’re always looking at ways to make life easier for everyone. Building on the easier layout introduced last year, we’re adding another entrance point adjacent to the Design Point campus [for design-led gifts], creating the easiest-ever arrival experience.”

He added: “Our aim is to make choosing the very best in design-led and everyday essential products as enjoyable an experience as it should really be. Despite this year’s show already proving to be more crammed with new exhibitors than for many years, we’ve managed to squeeze in an enhanced Great Northern Retail Forum and more social events.”

At the time of going to press, the names of industry experts taking part in the Forum has not yet been announced but highlights in 2015 included designer and entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway speaking on how creative-led regeneration will benefit retailers.

Cleere concluded: “A visit to Harrogate also offers a rare chance to catch up with friends, colleagues and grow supplier relationships, learn from the experts and develop new business ideas. It all adds up to an exceptional buying experience.”

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