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The Harrogate International Nursery Fair team would like to thank all of its exhibitors for helping to make the 2015 show such a success. It would also like to thank all of the nursery retailers and buyers which continue to support the show year after year. We hope that the show provided the perfect business platform for the industry and may this long continue.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year – from 20th to 22nd March 2016.

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Latest News: 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… Read more

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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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Two days to go

With just two days until Harrogate International Nursery Fair, the organiser confirms not only a sold-out show but the BANTA Awards Dinner which takes place at The Majestic Hotel on Sunday 29th March is also sold-out and those attending are in for a fabulous evening of entertainment. The BANTA shortlist was announced this week and those companies will be waiting with anticipation to see if they have won a coveted award. You can view the shortlist HERE. Finally, don’t forget that the clocks go forward one hour on Saturday night – so don’t be late for the show! Re-branded KiddiCorp is introducing itself at Harrogate, formerly nursery distributor Goldbug, this newly branded firm reflects the company’s growth over the past two years and will see it introduce even more innovative product ranges to the UK.  As well as existing lines, KiddiCorp will launch the brand new Wow Baby® Cup which will stand alongside the award winning Wow Kids® range. The company also has an exciting licensing partnership with Rocket Licensing and the Hungry Caterpillar range of nursery travel items.  KiddiCorp has also signed a distribution deal with massive brand Jeep and it will unveil brand new products at the show. It will also continue to distribute the supremely successful Harness Buddy range as well as the Mummy Clip. Visit Kiddicorp on Stand C1. Limited editions bumGenius has had an extraordinary year with huge growth in sales, in particular its Flip range. These limited edition prints, which are released several times a year, have sold out immediately on release with long waiting lists – creating a buzz which everyone is talking about. The company is launching a brand new reward scheme for 2015 with the aim to reward its loyal customers with generous discounts. Come and find out more on Stand D13. Role play For the best in role-play toys, check out Casdon, with its big brand mini appliances such as Dyson and Morphy Richards that are just like the grown-ups.  The authentic design makes Casdon the perfect playroom backdrop for serious make believe fun. Plus active PR and a strong social media strategy ensure consumer awareness and demand. Visit Casdon on Stand D1A. Three great products   Don’t miss the super stylish new Chevron Melotote, just launched and already sold out in Australia and at the London Baby Show – and the next UK shipment is on its way! Also, the best selling nappy wallet for the last seven years, the award-winning MELOBABY all-in-one is at Harrogate with a brand new version, plus new design. Finally, Baby It’s a Wrap! the launch of a new range of 100% cotton plus 100% Bamboo gorgeous muslin wraps, packaged beautifully, this the perfect present or buy for any new parent. Visit MELOBABY on Stand QF7…

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Wine on Clarion

Visitors attending the BANTA Awards Dinner at The Majestic Hotel on Sunday 29th March are in for even more of a treat as Clarion Events (organiser of The Baby Show) has just announced that it will be sponsoring wine to accompany the meal. Adrian Sneyd of Harrogate International Nursery Fair, said: “We are delighted to have Clarion Events on board, alongside Nursery Today, as a sponsor for the evening and now guests will be able to enjoy a glass of wine with their meal as well as top class entertainment from comedian Jason Manford.” Tickets for this event have almost sold out. Please email Robert@nurseryfair.co.uk to check availability. Catwalk cover The UK launch of the Bo Peep buggy cover will be turning heads at Harrogate this year. Created to compliment fashion-conscious parents and their coveted buggies, Bo Peep makes any walk an everyday catwalk! This stylish accessory shelters and cocoons little ones from UV rays, sun, wind, rain, insects and blocks out stimulus at nap time. For a closer look, creator and mum Amy Murray Jones will be demonstrating Bo Peep’s innovative cover and gorgeous range of designs for summer 2015 by the seminar area at Stand HP128. Happy feeding Comotomo, the leading silicone baby bottle in the US, is launching its five star rated bottles and teethers in the UK. Comotomo’s unique bottles help the transition from breast to bottle and back again. With skin like texture and naturally shaped medical grade silicone teats they are ideal for breastfed babies and their material means they are safe in dishwashes, microwaves and sterilisers. The wide neck and non-leaking anti colic vents help babies feed calmly and stay happy, and with the reassurance of the material being BPA, PVC and Phthalate free you can really see why these bottles lead the way with feeding innovation to give parents peace of mind. Visit Comotomo on Stand A10. Cuddledry goes wild Having spent eight years at the top of the tree for baby towels, Cuddledry has a new customer climbing its way up - the gorgeously snuggly Snow Leopard! Cuddledry has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to create this spectacular design for its must-have bamboo/cotton baby and toddler towels, with money from each sale going to help conserve this beautiful animal. African animals are not left out either, as sales of the ever-popular giraffe print products also contribute to WWF projects. Visit Cuddledry on Stand C37. Lots from Little Saints Home of innovative, essential, design-led brands from around the world, Little Saints will be launching the innovative Chewbeads, safe silicon jewellery for mothers and babies to wear, and teething babies to chew on. Another launch will be the ‘Diaper Alert’ a simple, small, reusable sensor which attaches to the front exterior of nappies and when it detects it has been wet or soiled, sends a message via Bluetooth to the app on the parent’s smart phone, for quick nappy changing. The Bumbleride Indie4 pushchair will be adding an all-black version, and the latest colourways of the Red Dot Design Award winning Nomi highchair will be showcased. Visit Little Saints on Stand C26…

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Facebook winner announced

The winner of the Harrogate International Nursery Fair Facebook competition was announced today as Susan Pellet of Ann's Pram Centre in Petersfield. Susan and a guest will enjoy a fabulous evening of entertainment at the BANTA Awards Dinner and will have a free night’s stay courtesy of The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate. Many thanks to Mice Concierge (the show’s official partner) for organising this wonderful prize – and if you still haven’t booked your accommodation for the show, do get in touch with the them on +44 (0) 1438 908770 – the team has negotiated some great hotel and restaurant rates in Harrogate. More than a chew Cheeky Chompers, home of the award-winning Neckerchew, is showcasing its brand new Comfortchew at Harrogate – a luxurious attachable teething comforter to stimulate babies and soothe tender gums made from super-soft jersey cotton, cuddle fleece and ribbons, bringing together baby’s four favourite essentials – comforter, teether, tags and the feel of their favourite teddy. It attaches to the baby, car-seat, pram or pacifier. Visit Cheeky Chompers on Stand H1. Brushing up well Pourty is excited to be launching the Pourty Cradle Cap Massage Brush. This clever product works amazingly well on babies and toddlers, gently and effectively eliminating cradle cap and keeping it at bay. Its bristles are soft yet firm, massaging the cradle cap away safely. Parents who hate cradle cap will love this revolutionary brush which is completely unique in the UK market. RRP is an affordable £5.95 - available now with an eye-catching PDQ box. Pourty will also be demonstrating its award winning Pourty Pouring Potty, Flexi-fit Toilet Trainer and Up Step in a vibrant new colour. Visit Stand H13. Grey sheep of the family SweetDreamers, the brand behind the famous ewan the dream sheep, is thrilled to unveil a new ‘fleece’ for its multi award winning sleep aid. Introducing ‘ewan the grey’, the newest member of the flock, who will officially launch at Harrogate Nursery Fair. SweetDreamers certainly don’t miss a ‘bleat’ as grey is undoubtedly the must have colour for 2015. There has been a significant increase in popularity for grey especially amongst new parents, making this the best time to introduce the newest member of the SweetDreamers flock. Gender neutral and calming, grey is a fantastic colour theme for a nursery, the perfect place for ewan. Visit ‘ewan the grey’ on Stand H18. Model baby Introducing Shnuggle’s new model for the fabulous Schnuggle baby bath.This is gorgeous seven month old Willow who was chosen out of hundreds of babies in response to Shnuggle’s call out for baby models. Willow has Down Syndrome and Sinead, co founder of Shnuggle said "Not many people know this, but our first child, Rose has Down Syndrome, and was part of the inspiration for starting Shnuggle in the first place. Working with Willow and her Mum for the day was an amazing experience, and it brought back memories from when Rose was a baby." The Shnuggle bath is cleverly designed with a clever "Bum Bump" in the bottom to prevent babies from slipping forwards, and a reclined back that support young babies at stage 1, then encourages them to start sitting when they are ready, for stage 2. Visit Shnuggle on Stand H2…

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