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Home & Gift Harrogate delivers

The retailers' favourite buying festival debuted its exciting new look and features to the retail industry

The retailers’ favourite buying festival, Home & Gift Harrogate, proved to be a huge success with both retailers and exhibitors at this year’s edition which took place from 19-22 July, in Harrogate. Thousands of irresistible products were launched and design-led gifts revealed over the four day show to a fantastic reception from buyers who were keen to discover new season lines for the key buying Autumn/Winter sales period and beyond.

Jane and Mark Catherall, Greetings of Ellesmere commented, “We visited Harrogate Home & Gift for three days again this year, and would like to say 'what an absolute pleasure'. From beginning to end, it was perfect. We found it to be very beneficial for our business but also extremely friendly and a really lovely few days spent away from our shop. We have returned home having placed quite a few orders with new suppliers for cards and jewellery.”

New companies were revealed at Home & Gift for the first time including Boyz Toy, Branche d’Olive, BrownTrout Publishers, Captain Fawcett, Chive Inc., David Fischhoff, Fairmont & Main, Gone Crabbing, Hallmark Cards, Jasmine Living, Lampe Berger, Meri Meri, Sabichi Homewares , Scaramouche & Fandango, Sophia & Matt, Thornback and Peel and many more, who showcased their launches and gift-led products to a wide array of buyers from independents to larger retailers such as Fenwick, Bentalls, Hamleys, Barkers, Next, Laura Ashley, Oliver Bonas, Fortnum & Mason, and Graham & Green. 

The new Design Point Debut & Spotlight, where buyers could spot fresh, new design talent and source innovative products, were extremely well received by retailers. Anne Boyd, Retail Operations Manager/ Buyer from Sealbhanach Ltd, mentioned “I had a wonderful time at the show in Harrogate. I found 21 new companies and I placed just over 30 orders. Some are for pre-Christmas delivery and some are for spring next year, so it was a very successful trip.”

Keynote speaker Warren Knight delivered his retail technology talk to a packed audience in the new Great Northern Retail Summit, an inspirational and educational programme that took place on the second day of the show. Knight commented, "An event designed for retailers in the north of England has been long overdue, H&G selected a range of speakers and topics that in my opinion were second to none, that gave business owners and sales & marketing manager’s great advice and simple take-aways to apply to their business. I look forward to speaking to them next year!"

Over 800 companies exhibited this year at Home & Gift with exhibitors reporting outstanding business being done across the four day show. Tom Sykes, General Manager of Xystos, said: “Xystos enjoyed its best-ever Home & Gift, almost doubling the business written last year. Footfall was much higher in Hall Q than at the Cairn Hotel, where we had been for many years, and the quality of buyer excellent.”

Heather Robinson, UK Sales Team Leader, Wild & Wolf added, “Last day orders have increased year on year. It’s an all-round good show with a chance to re-ignite old contacts. Harrogate Home & Gift is a MUST exhibit event and great for launching new product lines.”

Cleere Scamell, Show Director for Home & Gift said, “We are absolutely delighted with the tremendous response that Home & Gift has received from the industry this year. As with any great product, it’s important for events to keep fresh and up-to-date, and this year we added plenty of new features to make sure retailers had an even more productive and enjoyable time.”

He added, “We have made some positive changes to the layout of the show and we are already planning ways to ensure our visitors get even more great ideas from every part of this uniquely enjoyable show. I look forward to revealing our exciting new plans shortly for the 56th edition.”

Home & Gift is famous for mixing business with pleasure successfully, and it would not have been the same without its famous networking events. Hundreds of retailers and exhibitors joined for a glass of Pimm’s at the iconic Sunday Sundowners, and many of the other social events that took place.

Home & Gift, the retailer’s favourite buying festival, will take place next year from 17-20 July 2016. For more information, please visit www.homeandgift.co.uk



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