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Latest News: It's going to be HUGE!

The entertainment for Harrogate International Nursery Fair’s annual Awards Dinner, which takes place at the Majestic Hotel on Sunday 20th March, has been confirmed as the ultimate party band – HUGE. With BBC Radio York claiming: “HUGE had 10,000 people dancing in the streets of York for BBC Music Live – it looked like Glastonbury,” The entire nursery industry is in for a fabulous evening of celebration and dancing. Tickets for the event are just £40 plus VAT and include a three course dinner with wine (sponsored by Clarion Events). These sell very fast so…
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Exclusive show offers

It is less than two months until the UK’s only nursery trade show – Harrogate International Nursery Fair – and visitors can anticipate a host of fabulous new products and some exclusive show offers to boot. Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, explains: “We had a meeting with independent nursery retailers in November and they all said how important show offers were to them. The combined discounts from exhibitors really make visiting worthwhile and because of this we have asked all companies attending to consider offering special show packages.” If you haven’t already, don’t forget to pre-register online at www.nurseryfair.com – it’s free to attend – and if you have new colleagues who haven’t attended the show before, don’t forget to forward this link to them. One for all The Apramo ONE™ is a fabulous new car seat covering all stages from birth to 12 years with Isofix or standard belt fitting, a five point harness up to 25kg and 360° rotation. There are five recline positions, fully adjustable headrest and easy to remove covers in classic colourways guaranteed to appeal to consumers. Apramo offers a comprehensive consumer marketing plan and full retailer support promising that it really is ONE for all. Visit Apramo on Stand A22 Never lose again The nightmare of losing your keys, wallet, or even your child (if it wanders off) is over with the launch of ifindyou child safety locator from Magic White Board. This innovative product alerts your mobile phone and can be attached to anything you don’t want to lose such as a child’s favourite toy or comforter like a teddy bear or blanket. Water resistant, the device shows the last known location on Google Maps. Retailing at £24.99 for one or £59.99 for three, the product is ideal to keep track of children, dogs and possessions. It can even find your mobile phone – press the locator button and the mobile will ring (even if it’s on silent). Visit Magic White Board on Stand D7a Natural and gorgeous Wooly Organic Soft Toys will be at Harrogate International Nursery Fair for the first time. Distributed by MerryGoRoundUK this range of soft toys is truly gorgeous. Made with 100% certified organic plush, with natural eco-friendly corn fibre fill.  These toys do not contain any polyester so are great for newborns, sensitive little ones and those that suffer from asthma or allergies. The toys are made in the EEC, CE and EN71 tested.  All the range comes boxed so easy and effective to display. There will be a fabulous show offer for this range – starter pack for 15% off normal wholesale price. Visit MerryGoRoundUK on Stand HP103. Show offers for 2016 This list will be updated on an ongoing basis: Tidy Freaks – Stand HP117 10% of orders at the show for independents MerryGoRoundUK – Stand HP103 15% off normal wholesale price for starter pack …

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A wealth of new exhibitors for 2016

The new year has got off to a booming start for Harrogate International Nursery Fair which has seen an influx in bookings after the festive break. Over 20 new exhibitors to the show have signed up so far in the first 2 weeks of 2016, introducing a number of fresh and exciting brands from around the world. Aleva Naturals from Canada will present its range of maternity and baby skincare products; whilst also from Canada, Baby Works brings its collection designed with convenience and comfort in mind including disposables, bath time essentials and potty training products. Novela from New York is all about creating beautiful organic cotton designs with a catalogue of gorgeous products from organic baby bedding sets, comforters, sleeping bags and blankets; whilst Ascotex from Pakistan introduces quality textiles including muslin swaddles, blankets sleeping bags, bibs and knit terry fitted sheets. ByKay from the Netherlands will introduce a complete range of ergonomic baby carriers and accessories, promising optimum comfort and irresistible cuteness; and Twistshake from Sweden presents its next generation baby bottles. Retailers seeking innovative new travel products will love Italian Kiwy child safety seats which are the designs of Christian Grande - manufactured in line with continuous innovation and research with colours and contours providing a look of pure Italian elegance and style. Lots of favourite brands are also returning to Harrogate this year including BabyStyle; Joie Childrens Products; East Coast Nursery; Hauck and Renolux to name but a few. A full exhibitor list is available on the website at www.nurseryfair.com With major retail chains already signed up to attend; numerous independent retailers; plus a delegation of Chinese buyers attending the show for the first time; companies wishing to present their products to quality buyers still have time to sign up for the show. Full exhibitor details and booking forms are also available on the website…

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Harrogate withdraws consumer day

Harrogate International Nursery Fair - the UK's only nursery trade show - has withdrawn its decision to open to the general public in March 2016. Show organiser, Adrian Sneyd, said: "As a direct response to feedback received from manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Harrogate stating that they wanted to have a greater consumer reach, we explored the possibility of opening to the general public on the last day of the show for the first time in 2016. However, after the initial announcement, exhibitor response to a consumer day was less than enthusiastic and together with the additional resources and logistics required to make the concept a success, it was decided that is not viable." More information about the show is available on the website at www.nurseryfair.com…

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British buyers seek European products

Despite its relatively small size, the United Kingdom is one of the richest countries in the world and has a higher percentage of families with three or more dependent children than three quarters of European Union countries. Therefore, the UK’s only nursery trade show – Harrogate International Nursery Fair – provides the ideal platform for European companies to tap into lucrative new markets. Adrian Sneyd, Harrogate International Nursery Fair show organiser, comments: “When compared to international trade shows such as those in the USA and China, our show seems small in comparison simply because of the size of our country. However, the retailers and buyers attending are looking for top quality products and particularly those from countries such as Italy, Spain and Poland.” At a recent meeting with some of the UK’s most influential nursery retailers, buyers expressed specific interest in sourcing quality baby clothes, bedding and wheeled goods. Ian Davidson of Liverpool-based baby shop Babylicious said: “My customers are always looking for exciting new products and I would love to be able to offer them something a little bit different from suppliers around the world. I never miss Harrogate International Nursery Fair and would welcome the opportunity to visit international pavilions with new products from other countries at the show.” Harrogate International Nursery Fair, which takes place from 20th to 22nd March 2016 at the Harrogate International Centre in North Yorkshire, has been running for more than 45 years and is the key event attended by almost every UK nursery buyer and many from around Europe too. To find out more about the show, for exhibition stand rates and booking forms, visit www.nurseryfair.com…

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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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