The trade show season for 2018 is gearing up and promises to be a lucrative time for garden centre traders, with sales to make and people to meet. Here, we look at a selection of the big trade shows and highlight the speakers and exhibitors which we think are must-sees. We at Garden Trade Specialist also look forward to meeting you at some of the shows!
Events, Shows and Exhibitions
THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) is hosting its third annual GCA Plant Area Forum for plant area managers and plant buyers at Ball Colegrave in July (July 25, 2018).
The event on Wednesday, July 25 will once again be facilitated by GCA inspector, Roger Crookes, who believes that plants are still the core business for garden centres.
Garden paving manufacturer, Bradstone, has supported an up and coming designer at this year’s Ascot Spring Garden Show, which showcased Britain’s finest and emerging horticultural talent.
Designed by Tom Hill of Tom Hill Garden Design based in Dorset, the show garden titled ‘On Point’ is a bold and stylish space, focusing on geometric shapes and forms.
Garden Re-Leaf Day is fast approaching! With just under three weeks until the garden retail industry comes together to kickstart the season and raise much needed funds for Greenfingers, the event organisers are urging interested parties to sign up now and take part before it’s too late!
Garden centre and horticultural industry staff are this month (January, 2018) being asked to sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference. A game of hockey with an element of ‘fun and frolics’ will take place on January 21 at Stratford Leisure Centre, adjacent to The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, from 3pm to raise money for G
Gardenex secures government funding for major garden trade exhibitions in the US, Germany, Italy and Japan
The Gardenex export federation has been successful in securing cash grant funding for four major international garden trade exhibitions in the Government’s latest bidding round. The funding is available to eligible SMEs under the DIT’s Tradeshow Access programme and will enable British companies to exhibit their products to international markets in a cost-effective way, while also benefiting f
Brand-leading garden tools company, Spear and Jackson, has teamed up with the award-winning garden landscape designer, Lee Bestall, of Bestall & Co. Both based in Sheffield, the two have a long-standing relationship and Spear and Jackson are pleased to announce that Lee will officially be renewing his role as their Brand Ambassador with effect from 1st January 2018.
- Bigger content programme with more high-profile speakers
- Retail Lab set to return in 2018
- Increased footprint at NEC
Still on a high following Glee 2017, the event’s post-show report has helped shape much of the thinking for the short and long-term future of Glee. The research has highlighted Glee’s ongoing value for the industry it represen