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Having served as a trade-only show for more than 45 years, Harrogate International Nursery Fair will be combining the last day of its show as both a trade and public open day for the very first time in 2016. Robert Anslow, managing director, said: “We have been closely monitoring the changing situation of exhibitor participation at shows and how best we can offer the right platform for them… Read more

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Snap up a prime position

Harrogate International Nursery Fair saw an influx in bookings in July as new and previous exhibitors clambered to snap up a bargain with a fantastic early bird offer. Whilst this has now expired, companies wishing to exhibit at the show are still guaranteed a very competitive rate - in fact one of the lowest in the UK. In addition, if companies are members of the Baby Products Association, they get a generous discount off the normal stand price. Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, comments: "Harrogate not only offers a warm and friendly environment for our trade show - which is renowned for its amazing atmosphere providing a perfect platform for business and networking, but it is much more cost effective than London and Birmingham. Stand prices are lower and hotel accommodation in Harrogate is also extremely competitive ensuring a good return on investment for companies exhibiting." There are still a number of prime positions available, so anyone considering participating should get in touch as soon as possible. Adrian continues: "Historically, once the international trade shows in September and October have finished, we get a huge influx of companies turning their attention to Harrogate and space books up quickly, so those wanting the best positions are recommended to secure space now before the rush." Full information regarding prices and booking forms are available on the website…

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Harrogate holds rates for early-bird bookings

Companies planning to join the UK’s only nursery trade show in March 2016 can snap up a bargain by booking early this year. The organisers of Harrogate International Nursery Fair have announced that they will be holding the 2015 exhibitor rate for confirmed bookings received for the same stand positions before the deadline. Exhibitors have until 1st July 2015 to return their forms to secure this deal; after this date stand rates will increase by five percent. Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, said: “Venue hire and show costs continue to increase, however we have decided to reward early-bird bookings by honouring the 2015 rate for the first time this year. Providing we receive the 25% deposit payment in full by the end of July 2015 we will honour the 2015 rates.  By not only securing your stand position early to guarantee location, avoiding the potential five percent increase will certainly make this a worthwhile saving and shows our commitment to maintain exhibition costs for 2016.” Any NEW exhibitor or those returning and wanting to request to move next year can also secure the EARLY BIRD rates and will be given first priority to relocate providing they return their booking form stating the stand size required and pay the deposit appropriate to this size by the end of July. Full information about Harrogate International Nursery Fair, rates and booking forms can be found on the website by clicking here – or alternatively, contact Adrian on 01902 880906 or email: adrian@nurseryfair.com…

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Quality counts

The doors closed on yet another successful Harrogate International Nursery Fair in March and, as the only UK’s only baby trade show with a track record of over 40 years, proved once again the highlight of the calendar year for the majority of the nursery sector. Attendance was very good and consistent with other years with 19 countries visiting from as far afield as Iceland, Korea and Australia. Representatives from almost all of the major multiple retailers turned out in force including Mothercare, Kiddicare, Babys R Us, Amazon, Shop Direct, Boots, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer (to name a few); as well as large supermarket chains such as Asda, Costco, Tesco and Sainsburys. Savvy independent retailers also made the effort to support the show again and were able to enjoy exhibitor hospitality (which included everything from cupcakes to cocktails) as well as some generous show offers that some exhibitors had made available and attracted very good business. It was also great to see so many of these joining the fun side of the show with a good turnout at both BANTA Awards Dinner and also the After Show Drinks Reception. Debbie Homer-Davis, managing director of BabyLady Ltd (nursery retailer) said: “We loved the show and the fact that there were less big suppliers meant we could spend more time with others in a relaxed and friendly way. We are very excited about the new DC collection at i-Candy and already there has been a buzz about this on our Facebook pages. New product of the show has to be the egg. Well done to all at Babystyle for what looks to be a winner. We have signed up with a number of new suppliers that we have not taken in before and we are looking forward to working with them. I also had time to attend the seminars and I particularly enjoyed the talk on social media.” There was a boost in journalists attending Harrogate this year with almost 30 titles making use of the Press Office and number of mummy bloggers too. These included magazines such as B Baby; Bumps, Birth and Beyond; Prima Baby & Pregnancy; Angels & Urchins; Scrummie Mummies and Baby London, with Amy Thacker commenting: “The team at Baby London really enjoyed Harrogate. We discovered some fantastic new brands and products that we are looking forward to featuring moving forward and can’t wait to visit again next year.” It was also notable that exhibitors with fresh new product ranges, attractive show offers and pro-active sales teams, who prepared well in advance for the event, really reaped the benefits of a slightly smaller show allowing more time to spend with quality buyers. Andy Crane, managing director of BabyStyle commented: “We had an amazing show – our best ever – with barely a minute to breathe on the stand; preshow we worked hard behind the scenes to secure appointments to see our new product egg. We also made sure that we rewarded retailers for attending the show by giving some really attractive show offers. We made it clear on our newsletters that these offers were only available for show attendees” Richard Bamforth of DCUK Ltd said: “This year’s Harrogate show was very successful for DCUK. We saw over 85% of our existing customers and signed up some important new retailers. What was apparent is that retailers spent more quality time with us than in previous years allowing us to sell in new ranges in greater depth. Also, meetings were much better spaced across three days rather than having the usual Sunday rush.” This opinion was reiterated by Paul Sirett of BeSafe Car Seats who said: “We had more visitors to our stand this year than last and certainly of a higher quality – all giving us a lot of their time and placing well thought through forward order plans.” The overall consensus for both regular exhibitors and those new to the show was a successful event and feedback was particularly positive in Hall H. Lynda Harding of Sweet Dreamers, which has exhibited for a number of years, comments: “The team at Harrogate International Nursery Fair continue to provide an excellent show year after year. We had an amazing exhibition and were thrilled with the early excitement surrounding the launch of our new colour way – ewan the grey. The interest we experienced was incredible and we had orders flooding in ... we will certainly be kept busy for the foreseeable future.” SEP Solutions, also located in Hall H, noted that having its Onni Smart Care baby monitoring system short-listed for the best new product category in the BANTA Awards piqued interest in its product and Satu Niemelä of the company said: “For a new supplier like us, Harrogate is great because it enables us to find and be found by key people in the industry. It’s efficient, it’s convenient and it’s valuable.” Harrogate International Nursery Fair 2016 takes place from 20th to 22nd March, with exhibitor bookings opening in May 2015…

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Award winners announced

Another great day at Harrogate today with celebrations throughout the halls following the announcement of the BANTA Awards and Concept & Innovation Awards on Sunday night. For the first time ever, the judges unanimously awarded joint first prize for the Concept Award to finalists Laura Donnellan & Frances McCabe and Laura Meehan as both were considered to be outstanding entries. Laura & Frances’ product is Femette, a post-natal cleansing bottle for use in the early days after birth; and Laura Meehan’s entry is Squijit, a clever universal device which allows accessories to be attached to almost any make of pushchair or pram. Frances comments: "We are absolutely honoured and delighted to have received this award. The Awards evening was brilliant and it was amazing to have our postnatal cleansing bottle chosen as a winner." Winner of the Innovation Award this year is Samantha and Markus Warwick of Innovation Makers for their OmniO Rider – a fresh approach to getting around with babies as this clever pushchair is incredibly compact and can be carried on the parent’s backs. The runner up was Adam Murphy of Shnuggle for his Shnuggle bath thermometer, a clever device which you drop into bath water allowing you to instantly see if the water is the correct temperature. Seminars The three BPA Seminars which took place in Hall H today were exceptionally well attended with almost every seat filled as delegates arrived to hear the latest market research statistics from GfK; the growing culture of grandparents buying baby products as primary carers by Studio Into; and how retailers can get the best out of social media marketing by Secret Pie. There is still time to attend Harrogate today (Tuesday). The doors are open from 9.30am until 4.00pm…

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Great start to the show

The first day of Harrogate International Nursery Fair attracted brisk business with busy halls and buzzing activity on the stands. The Hub in Hall H proved a major attraction with visitors heading to see the many brand new exhibitors at the show this year. This was also the venue for the show’s seminar programme with the first presentation by TRL describing some frightening car seat misuse statistics. The BPA’s Concept & Innovation Awards stand also attracted a lot of attention, with members of the press and buyers showing interest in the four finalist’s entrepreneurial product ideas. The winners of these awards and also the BPA Baby and Nursery Trade Awards (BANTA) were announced at The Majestic Hotel last night – a full list of winners will be highlighted on the BPA website today. If you didn’t attend today, you still have plenty of time to come along and view some great new baby products for the coming season. The doors open from 9.30am until 6.00pm today and from 9.30am until 4.00pm tomorrow – so we hope to see you there…

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Open for business

The doors of Harrogate International Nursery Fair open today and visitors are expected to arrive in their hordes to see the very best of what the nursery industry has to offer. Six halls of the Harrogate International Centre packed to bursting with everything from prams and pushchairs, car seats and cribs to toys, gifts and accessories. The Baby and Nursery Trade Awards (BANTA) judges will be meeting this morning to peruse the shortlisted entries and also deliberate over the Concept & Innovation Awards finalist’s entries ready to announce the winners at the BANTA Awards Dinner tonight. If you are unable to make it to today, the show is open tomorrow (Monday from 9.30am until 6.00pm) and on Tuesday from 9.30am until 4.00pm. We hope to see you there! Exciting new launch Following the phenomenal success of SnüzPod, the award-winning bedside crib, Harrogate will mark the launch of Snüz, an innovative and contemporary nursery brand that will sit within The Little Green Sheep family umbrella brand. As well as the home of its flagship SnüzPod, the essence of Snüz will be fresh, innovative and product focused. Customers can expect unique and functional products, which have been cleverly designed with both parents and babies needs in mind. Stylish and contemporary, Snüz will create simple and premium products. Snüz will officially be unveiled on Stand A20a. In the bag Ardega is exhibiting the brand JL Childress offering a range of innovative and durable travel products fit for many travelling situations such as travelling abroad with the family or going out for a walk with all you need at arm’s length and having lunch on a hot summers’ day. JL Childress has brought the Gate Check Bag collection, the Ultimate Car Seat Carrier and the highly popular Pushchair Handlebar Organisers in many shapes and sizes to accommodate the majority of buggies and pushchairs. Visit Ardega on Stand C44. All round positioning Ergobaby has spent several years developing the unique structure of its 360 Four Position Carrier. Carry baby in four carry positions; front-inward, front-outward, back and hip. In all four carry positions, babies will be in a frog-leg, natural sitting position with their knees slightly above their hips, aligning with the recommended carry position from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. The carrier’s innovative design features a structured bucket seat to support baby in an ergonomic seated position and maintain ideal hip and spine positioning. The revolutionary carrier seat is designed with buttons for an adjustable width that grows with the baby to ensure comfort and ideal hip positioning. Call by for a demonstration at the Ergobaby Stand C24…

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