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Latest News: Bookings flood in for Harrogate

Harrogate International Nursery Fair has seen a steady influx in exhibitor bookings in recent weeks, as baby product suppliers return from overseas autumn trade shows ready to pitch new product launches to UK nursery retailers and buyers in the Spring.

Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, comments: “Traditionally, people like to get one trade show out of the way before concentrating on the next one and this is certainly true of Harrogate. It is one of the few international trade shows… Read more

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Secure a prime position at the UK's only nursery trade show

Exhibition space at the UK’s only nursery trade show is now on sale and numerous new companies in the baby products industry are confirming stands for Harrogate International Nursery Fair which takes place from 29th to 31st March 2015.

Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, comments: “We always give previous exhibitors first option to confirm their stand space and we are delighted to confirm that the majority of these will be returning next year. However, with a number of requests for new positions in different locations we now have some prime spots available at the show.”

Companies booking early will not only snap up the best positions in the halls of the Harrogate International Centre, but will also reap the benefits of free marketing activities which take place in the run up to the show. This includes promotion on the Harrogate International Nursery Fair website, inclusion in regular e-bulletin newsletters which go out to a database of almost 6,000 nursery buyers; and an invitation to get involved with the show’s new Facebook page www.facebook.com/nurseryfair

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Don't miss your priority opportunity to secure your position for 2015

Companies which exhibited at Harrogate Nursery Fair in March 2014 have until the end of June to secure the same space again for 2015, or request a new position before general sales open shortly.

Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, comments: “We have always had the policy to allow previous exhibitors the first chance to re-book again before offering space to new companies.  Once we receive your booking form, on which you can also use it to tell us any changes you wish to make, it gives you the advantage of getting in first before general release. A paid deposit then secures your stand leaving you free to concentrate on the rest of the year while being safe in the knowledge that they have one of the better positions in the show.”

Full information about booking for next year’s show is available here, or email: adrian@nurseryfair.com

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Nice doing business!

The 45th Harrogate International Nursery Fair closed its doors on a high on Tuesday 25th March after three buzzing days of business, seminars, networking and socialising.

"The BPA's Seminar Programme was a new element to the show and most of the presentations attracted a huge turnout. GfK's insight into 'How customers are spending their money' was packed, with people having to stand on both occasions; and Emily Hill of Write My Site talking about blogging to the mummy market filled every seat in the Seminar theatre." Adrian Sneyd

Adrian Sneyd, show organiser, comments: "The consensus of the majority of people attending this year, both in an exhibitor and visitor capacity, was that it was yet another great show. The weather was kind, there was lots going on for the entire duration, and for the majority, business was brisk."

There are lots of positive comments about the fantastic atmosphere in Hall G which not only housed the Seminar Theatre, but also a Street Food Kitchen serving free burritos to visitors as well as booths offering ice-creams and smoothies. The North American Pavilion in the Royal Hall was also a talking point as it was the first time that this venue has been used for exhibition purposes since reopening after refurbishment in 2008.

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BANTA Awards & Party Night

The BPA's Baby and Nursery Trade Awards (BANTAs) were announced during a glitzy evening at Majestic Hotel on Sunday 23rd March - a full list of winners can be seen HERE - and the BPA's Concept & Innovation Award winners were also announced on Monday 24th March at the show. Details can be seen HERE.

 

Priority booking for next year's Harrogate International Nursery Fair, which takes place from 29th to 31st March 2015, opens on 1st May 2014 and this year's exhibitors will have until the end of June to retain their stand space or request a change of position. After this, exhibition space will go on general sale and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. More information and booking forms will be available soon.

Click here to read what some of HINF's 2014 exhibitors and visitors have to say.

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Best in the show

There were double celebrations at Harrogate International Nursery Fair today as the Baby Products Association announced the winners of both its Baby and Nursery Trade Awards (BANTAs) and Concept & Innovation Awards.

The BANTAs were presented during a glitzy Party & Awards evening at the Majestic Hotel last night (Sunday 23rd March) and seven companies walked away with trophies and the admiration of the entire nursery industry. The winners are:

Child Restraints
Winner: Simple Parenting (CuddleCo) – Doona Next Generation Car Seat
Highly Commended: Dorel – 2way Duo Pack

Wheeled Goods
Winner: BabyStyle UK – Oyster
Highly Commended: Emmaljunga – Double Viking

Playtime
Winner: Halilit – TAF Toys Development Walker
Highly Commended: Great Gizmos – Plan Toys Bird Walker

Sleep Accessories
Winner: Sweet Dreamers – Russell The Dream Sheepdog
Highly Commended: Small Ideas - LumiPotti

Travel Accessories
Winner: Diono – Easy View Plus
Highly Commended: East Coast Nurseries – Tiny Love Take Along Bouncer

In Home
Winner: Cheeky Rascals – Mima Moon
Highly Commended: Newton Stovold Associates – Babybay Trend

Safety
Winner: Cheeky Rascals – Lascal KiddyGuard Assure
Highly Commended: Belt Up Kidz – Belt Up Kidz

Feeding, Cleaning and Changing
Winner: Lässig – Green Label Neckline Bag Denim
Highly Commended: TMC Ventures Europe – Sili Squeeze

Best New Product
Winner: CuddleCo – Greetom UPP
Highly Commended: Prince Lionheart - yoMOTO

The BPA’s Concept & Innovation Awards were also announced today with Tom and Tamar Clarke the winners of the Concept Award for their innovative Bag Rider design; and Jonathan Feingold and Marc Kelly of CuddleCo winners of the Innovation Award for Doona – a revolutionary new car seat.

Tom and Tamar, who both work in the airline industry and have two little girls of their own, came up with their Bag Rider idea after struggling with baggage and babies when travelling through airports. This is a cabin bag which can store all necessities inside, but has an integrated seat to sit baby on once their pushchair has been checked in.

Jonathan and Marc’s Doona has taken the nursery industry by storm not only winning the Innovation Award but also the BANTA Child Restraints Award. This is an Isofix car seat which has fold out wheels converting it instantly to a pushchair.

Runners up, Catherine Curtis and Connie McGarvey were also highly commended by the judges for their BabyHub Bedside Crib and Automatic Waterless Bottle Warmer designs. Read more

Be in the know about nursery sales

The first day of Harrogate International Nursery Fair closed on an absolute high after a bustling start and a huge buzz of activity throughout the halls.

The BPA’s seminar by market research company, GfK attracted a good turn out with almost 40 attendees listening to a thought provoking presentation about latest nursery industry trends. Erol Sukan explained the balance between online versus in-store sales and the fact that parents appear to actually spend more when purchasing products online. However, whilst strollers are more likely to be purchased in store, sales of products such as baby monitors and high chairs are steadily increasing. He also touched on the importance of social media and how this is likely to affect the industry in the future. This seminar will be repeated at 15:00hrs tomorrow and is well worth attending if you are involved in the nursery sector.

There was also a sense of excitement radiating amongst exhibitors whose products were short-listed for the BPA’s BANTA Awards. The judges made their final decisions today and the winners will be announced tonight at a glitzy Party & Awards evening – so watch this space for a list of winners tomorrow.

There is a notable increase in new brands at the show this year with a diverse range of products and more international exhibitors than ever before. The North American Pavilion located in the beautiful Royal Hall is well worth a visit, not only to see some exciting new product ranges from across the world, but also to enjoy the friendly ambiance of the entire arena.

The show opens again tomorrow at 9.30am with lots more to activities ahead. The winners of the BPA’s Concept & Innovation Awards will be announced in the morning and there are three further seminars taking place throughout the day. Full details of everything can be found on this website.

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Harrogate is here

The event that the entire nursery industry has been gearing up for is now upon us and in just two days the Harrogate International Centre opens its doors to welcome thousands of buyers to view the latest new baby products from around the world at Harrogate International Nursery Fair.

Whether you are seeking wheeled goods and car restraints, feeding and changing equipment, or toys and gift items, we can pretty much guarantee that you will be spoilt for choice. In the past few weeks we have been highlighting some of the great ranges on offer in our regular newsletters - these can all be viewed on the website and here is another taster for you below!

Wooden toys for the bath

Great Gizmos and PlanToys have unveiled a fully waterproof wooden toy collection that will make traditional wood a bath time essential and a welcome alternative to plastic bath toys. This includes a collection of boats and bath sets made entirely of wood and ideal for water play as each new water toys is finished with a special non-toxic coating.

Visit Great Gizmos on stand A7.

Just the right fit

Justafit adjustable sleepsuits by InfaSense will be officially launched by Bébélephant at Harrogate. Brainchild of mumpreneur Caroline Driver, who found that sleepsuits with legs too long caused a tripping danger for her own child, the Justafit was invented with hook and loop ankle straps which adapt the sleepsuit to the length of the child's leg and around the sleeves to stop sleeves covering little hands and dipping into their breakfast.

Visit Bebelephant on Stand QP45.

Kinder to little ones

ATTITUDE, a proudly Canadian brand introduces a revolutionary new line of carbon-neutral, environmentally friendly body and hair care products for children and babies: ATTITUDE Little Ones.

"With the launch of our new line, we wanted to offer consumers a contaminant-free alternative to existing body care products. I have taken a personal interest in developing formulas that can make our day-to-day lives healthier because it doesn't make sense to expose ourselves and our children to any level of toxins that can be potentially harmful," says Jean-François Bernier, President and Founder of Bio Spectra.

Visit ATTITUDE on Stand H34.

Get to Grips with Crawling

Creeper Crawlers is a revolutionary, super cute romper providing traction and protection to ultimately support and increase the chance of children crawling safely and successfully. Creeper Crawlers Crawl Suits have grippable little bugs in key contact areas on the front of the legs and on the soles of the feet, which help tots crawl safely and happily, more successfully and for longer on all surfaces including the increasingly popular wooden and tile floors.

Visit Creeper Crawlers on Stand QP32.

It's a goal!

As Brazil gets ready to host the 2014 Football World Cup, Little Champ is launching a world first football baby gym at Harrogate this year. The award winning company will be launching its Football Play Gym and displaying their other fantastic sports themed baby toys. If you are too grown up for baby gyms, think again, Little Champ has an adult friendly version to try on its stand.

Visit Little Champ on Stand QP42.

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