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Latest News: New dates for Harrogate 2017

Harrogate international Nursery Fair has announced its show dates for next year as Tuesday 28th March to Thursday 30th March 2017, opening mid-week for the very first time. Adrian Sneyd, show organiser explains: "Times have changed and whilst the show historically always opened on a Sunday for independent retailers who generally closed for the day, Sunday is now a busy trading day. The overall consensus from everyone participating in the show is that mid-week opening works best. We also talked to the organisers of Toy Fair who confirmed that a similar change in days boosted visitors numbers for…
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Another great show for retailers

The doors to Harrogate International Nursery Fair 2016 closed today on another successful event and the organisers would like to thank all of the exhibitors, retailers and buyers who turned up to support the show. There were lots of interesting new products on display and we hope that you found some great new lines to offer your customers in coming months. Ian Davidson of Babyliscious based in Liverpool, who attends Harrogate every year, commented: “The show this year had a lovely relaxed feel was easy to get around with no rushing from stand to stand or waiting for appointments. There were  loads of new items to see an plenty of pick up lines and gift ideas such as the MatchstickMonkey,  Little Saints Benbat Collection and Tidy Freaks car travel accessories to name a few. It was lovely too meet new exhibitors from far and wide and also see some old names back again such as Navington, X-lander and Storksak. There were some great offers from many exhibitors and amazing new colourways from EGG. I saw so many beautiful changing bags and a whole lot more exciting new Polish designs, plus strollers, bedding and accessories from Europe that have not been before. We spent over two days at the show and we still did not fit it all in properly. Anyone who attended for just a few hours must have missed an awful lot of amazing new products.” Business appears to have been brisk all round with many exhibitors pleased to have seen not only the majority of major buyers who attend the show each year, but a good turnout of new independent retailers too. Claire Mitchell of Chillipeeps – an innovative teat which attaches to bottles and cartons, said: “We’ve had a great show and have seen a lot more independents this year than we did in 2015. In fact we took more orders just on Sunday than we did for the entire duration of the show last year!” The dates for next year’s show will be announced soon and the organising team looks forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors back to Harrogate in 2017. For more information, visit the website at www.nurseryfair.com…

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Award winners announced

There were celebrations (as well as sore heads) on exhibitor stands at the show today after the winners of the BPA’s annual industry awards were announced at the Majestic Hotel last night. The prize for best new product for 2016 was scooped by BabyStyle UK Ltd for its new Hybrid Edge pushchair with the judges commenting: “This pushchair has many unique features, its super light weight, incredibly versatile and great value for money.” A full list of BANTA winners can be seen onthe BPA website at www.thebpa.eu The winners of the BPA’s Concept & Innovation Awards were also announced as Mohammed and Akbar Dedat and Lesley Cartwright Taylor. Mohammed and Akbar’s product won the Concept Award for Baby Throne, a bathing aid for showering babies in homes where no bath is available. The judges thought that this product idea would be particularly popular in countries where traditional baths are rarely fitted into bathrooms these days. Lesley’s product, which won the Innovation Award, is Kiddierail – a child sized, height adjustable hand rail for adult stair cases to make ascending and descending stair cases safe for young children. The judges were impressed with this innovation, having seen nothing else like it in the industry and believing there to be a real market need. Both of these products can be seen first-hand in Hall H on Stands H8 and H9. There is still time to visit the show today (Tuesday). The doors are open from 9.00am to 4.00pm…

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A busy first day for Harrogate

Harrogate International Nursery Fair opened its doors on the 2016 show today and the first day has finished with a great buzz all round. A large delegation of Chinese buyers gave informative presentations, describing their businesses and the type of products they have come to the UK to buy. This was followed by an afternoon of one-to-one meetings with exhibitors who look forward to forging new international business relationships for the future. The BANTA judges also met in force to peruse the short-listed products for the annual industry awards and exhibitors wait in anticipation to find out whether their products were considered the cream of the industry for 2016. In addition, the four finalists of the Concept & Innovation Awards eagerly presented their product ideas to show visitors and also awaited the judges’ final decision which were announced at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate last night. Visitors today have been impressed with the number of new products on offer this year and The Hub in Hall H, where many new exhibitors are located, has proved particularly busy today. Lynda Harding of Sweet Dreamers Ltd on Stand QF2 commented: “We’ve had a steady footfall of independents that have shown a lot of interest in our products and we look forward to an even busier few days tomorrow and Tuesday.” Harrogate International Nursery Fair is open today (Monday 21st) from 9.00am to 5.30pm and tomorrow (Tuesday) from 9.00am to 4.00pm…

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Heading for Harrogate

With just a day until your favourite International trade show, nursery retailers and buyers from around the world are heading to Harrogate to see the latest new products the industry has to offer. There are over 150 exhibitors this year and more than 300 brands attending, so don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes! View the EXHIBITOR LIST and of course don’t forget to check out the great line of speakers with have for you in the SEMINAR PROGRAMME. On Monday 21st March at 5.30pm (straight after the show) you are cordially invited to join the Harrogate International Nursery Fair team for free drinks and canapés in the Royal Hall of the International Centre (this is near the entrance of Hall A) – everyone is welcome. Look forward to seeing you at the show! New safety lines Dreambaby child safety products are sold in over 100 countries and the company is delighted to offer over 50 new products at Harrogate this year. This includes The Brooklyn Converta Play Pen Gate which can also be used as an extra wide barrier gate; the Cosmopolitan sturdy wooden gate; The Broadway Gro-Gate with revolutionary Track-it technology; and the Hudson Gro-Gate which is quick and easy to adjust in length without the need for extentions. Visit Dreambaby on Stand A14. Cute and cuddly This year Golden Bear will be showcasing its new Sleep Tight All Night range at Harrogate. A cuddly sleep aid system designed to help the transition from cot to bed and beyond, it’s destined to become every parent’s dream. Building on its launch in 2015, the My First Forever Friends multisensory toy range is expanding with the introduction of a Bunny Soft Toy and Light-Up Bunny.  Golden Bear will also be offering a 5% discount on show orders shipped before the 3st August.Visit Golden Bear on Stand D12. Collection of carriers ByKay is looking forward to Harrogate and the opportunity to introduce its complete range of ergonomic baby carriers. From soft and stretchy wraps, hip SSC’s, aqua carriers to denim Mei Tais – plus lots more. The company has lots of special show offers including 10% discount on orders placed at the show and free shipping.Visit ByKay on Stand HP27 Funky teethers Say hello to Squidge & Pip, British Made sensory teething toys, designed to complement baby’s development. Founded by mum of two Mary Lord, Squidge & Pip was developed from her passion to create a funky toy that blends contemporary design with function. Along with the primary teething features this innovative little duo (Squidge the dog and Pip the cat), stimulate baby’s senses, are easily attachable, and can even be sterilised after a hard days chew. Each toy comes with their very own handy travel pouch and is beautifully packaged to make that perfect statement gift.Visit Squidge & Pip on Stand HP92 Show offers for 2016 Click on the icon to see the amazing offers available exclusivly to visitors at the show.  …

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Shortlist announced

Excitement is high as the BPA has just announced its Baby and Nursery Trade Awards shortlist – lots of great new products for retailers to come and see and ‘in the opinion of the judges’ what consumers are going to be talking about in coming months. You can view the full list HERE – and don’t forget, if you would like to attend the BANTA Awards Dinner on Sunday evening at the Majestic Hotel there are still a limited number of tickets available. Thanks to our sponsors – the evening includes free drinks on arrival, plus wine with the three course dinner! East Coast re-brands This Harrogate will be a really exciting event for East Coast Nursery, as it unveils its rebranding. Managing director Eric White explains why this is about so much more than a stylish new logo:  “It’s been more than 6 months in development and has fundamentally changed the way we run our business, shaping our design, development, marketing, and sales strategies.” Following the launch of its “Say Hello” toy range, the rebrand promises to bring some very exciting opportunities for East Coast Nursery and its customers – see them at the show to learn more. Visit East Coast nursery on stand A15. Super soft Abeille brings a classic nursery essential up to date. Cellular blankets are the only blankets recommended by midwives for newborns. The cellular construction means babies are kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer and there is no risk of overheating or suffocation.  No crispy cotton or dated shades here - these beautiful, extremely soft, 100% cotton blankets are currently available in three Farrow & Ball shades meaning there is one for every nursery setting. The pretty packaging makes it an ideal gift – one to be cherished as a treasured possession for years to come. Visit Hippychick on Stand C29 & C35 Quality from China Three great products on the Chinese Pavilion include Bessybose baby bottles, Land Leopard strollers and Shanghai Orient hometex Co - a professional home and kids textile supplier. Bessybose is originally from Korea and its products are designed by its Korean based team and manufactured under international standards. Land Leopard strollers have aluminium frames which are smooth and light with strong waterproof fabric, big rear wheels and front swivels. Whilst Shanghai Orient hometex provides bed linen, readymade curtains and children’s and nursery home textiles concentrating on duck and goose down, feather, silicone hollowfibre polyester/microfiber/ball fibre/bamboo/cotton/wool and silk filled bedding items. Visit the Chinese Pavilion on Stands A41, A42 and A43 Seal of approval Clever Clogs Trading is proud to work with Ergobaby in its mission to create ergonomic products for parents and babies. The Ergobaby Swaddler and all the Ergobaby Carriers have been acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) as being ‘hip-healthy products’. Parents can use Ergobaby products, safe in the knowledge that they promote healthy hip development in infants. Soon, consumers will also see the AGR Seal of Approval on Ergobaby packaging, Ergobaby carriers are now certified and recommended by the AGR. Visit Clever Clogs Trading on Stand C18 Don’t underplay the hybrid BabyStyle is set to fully reveal the Hybrid Edge at Harrogate, the demand and interest to see this iconic and intriguing new stroller cannot be underplayed. The Hybrid Edge has been marketed as a stroller without compromise and the opportunity is now here for Harrogate attendees to get up close and personal and see just how amazing this original new stroller is. There will be some cracking new stylish colours for the egg on display along with some unbeatable deals on two of the original smashing egg colours, enough of the egg related puns now! BabyStyle has lots of exclusive show offers and looks forward to seeing you over the course of the show this year at Harrogate. Visit BabyStyle on Stand B44…

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Join the show's social media

Twitter and Facebook are buzzing this week as exhibitors at Harrogate International Nursery Fair post details of exciting products they are bringing to the show and some amazing show offers too. Keep up with the latest show news on FACEBOOK and TWITTER – we would love you to post comments and join in with the conversations. Dual support Mumba Bra is pleased to be showcasing its revolutionary nursing bra designed for both mum and baby. Understanding that ‘it takes two to breastfeed’,  the bras prepare and support both mum and baby on their breastfeeding journey . The new seamless range can be easily stocked by any nursery retailer. Using an advance 4-way stretch fabric allows conventional bra sizing be reduced to just four sizes, small medium, large and extra-large. Mumbra is offering 20% off orders placed at the show and no minimum order quantity.Visiti Mumba Bra on Stand HP128 Breathable bedding BreathableBaby is returning to Harrogate with new items to add to its successful range of printed breathable liners, including the 2016 designer – Twinkle Twinkle. Timeless and classic, this range is beautifully simple with a soft grey star print. Available in three platforms – full wrap, two-sided for cots with solid end; and a mini version size to fit cribs and cradles such as the Bloom Alma Crib. BreathableBaby is offering 10% off its range of breathable cot bedding and in support of bricks and mortar stores, offers over £500 receive a free display set. Available in classic colours and a wide range of distinctive printed designs to complement any nusery.Visit BreathableBaby on the RHSM Group Stand D6 Fresh new brands Lapsi is launching three new brands to the UK market along with Micuna Nursery Furniture. These are premium quality with unqiue fresh designs. The company’s aim and moto is to ‘deliver choice and innovation back to parents’. Come and see the new Memola Sensory Swinging Crib, Noordi strollers in fantastic two tone colours, Babynow with innovative products including an LED bed guard, travel cot and contemporary baby relaxer. The company is offering 10% discount off first orders if an account is opened and visit arranged within one month of the show.Visit Lapsi on Stand C28 Colourful collection Be amongst the first to stock Close Parent’s Pop-in spring and summer 2016 collection with its most engaging print stories yet. The prints will be showcased across its expanded feeding range with the introduction of the feeding set and burp cloth; the new swim collection, with the addition of pop-in rash vest and training range which includes the new night time pants. Visitors who order at the show will receive delivery of the collection before anyone else with delivery guaranteed to maximise Easter weekend sales.Visit Close Parent on Stand C23 Bath time essential Joey’s Innovations will be unveiling its new, essential bath time accessory – Flannel Fingers. These are beautifully soft, organic cotton gloves which enable parents to safely keep hold of slippery little ones whilst bathing them. Flannel Fingers give extra support to babies as they can be washed with an open hand providing confidence that they are in a safe environment. Boasting unique features including comfortable fitting cuffs, hanging loops and machine washable organic cotton, Flannel Fingers are like nothing else on the market.Visit Joey’s Innovations on Stand H125…

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The judges are out

The BANTA judges are out and exhibitors at Harrogate International Nursery Fair are eagerly awaiting the results to find out if their products have been shortlisted in the prestigious annual awards. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 14th March and the companies going through to the next stage can look forward to an evening of celebration at the Majestic Hotel on Sunday 20th March. Live band HUGE will be providing fantastic entertainment for what promises to be a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event – tickets are selling fast so if you would like to attend CLICK HERE to reserve your place. Sleep Safe The babybundle SleepiSac is a brand new sleep innovation from the nursery experts at PHP Gift & Baby. This totally breathable sleeping bag will debut at Harrogate International Fair this March. Made using the same patented fabric technology as the award-winning SafeDreams cot wrap and matching soft toys, Patch and Hoppy, it offers babies a safe night’s sleep and parents total peace of mind. Features include a detachable fleece inner lining that give the SafeDreams SleepiSac it’s multi-tog rating of 1.5 for summer and 3.6 for the winter. Designed in a stylish silver star print for today’s modern nursery. Visit PHP Gift & Baby on Stand C38 Furnished to impress By designing and developing its own ranges in-house, Saplings innovates as well as responds to consumer trends. Having built a successful business using its knowledge of wooden products gained from early days as trained cabinet makers, the company is now expanding its range of high quality nursery furniture to include highchairs and launching a new range of mattresses to fit cribs, cots, cot beds and junior beds. The Kirsty room set is currently a best-seller in the UK and loved by parents for its long-lasting stylish co-ordinating cot bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe that look good in any nursery or toddler’s bedroom. Visit Saplings on Stand B42 Rock n’ roll Don’t miss the Babies That Rock launch – a super cool brand new rock and alternative baby clothing label that is British through and through. All designed and hand made to the highest standard in the UK from 100% super-soft cotton. A family run business based in Camden London – the home of rock –  the brand is home grown and the garments are all designed in-house, inspired by baby son Sylvester. Each product is unique and stands out from anything else currently on the market. With early interest from consumers, the company is excited to showcase its unique range at Harrogate. Visit SweetDreamers on Stand QF2 Cute to cuddle Designed by parents, Cuddle Mates are special pillows which children love and help them to sleep better. They love to wrap their arms and legs around their Cuddle Mate for comfort and reassurance all night long. Cuddle Mates encourage side sleeping and a pillow tucked between little legs helps to support hips and spines and aids digestion and improves circulation. Exclusive to Harrogate Cuddle Mates is offering no minimum order quantity. Visit Cuddle Mates on Stand HP134 Gorgeously soft For truly soft clothing made from ethically sourced bamboo, look no further than Bambini & Me. The company’s adorable collection offers everything from bodysuits, sleeping bags, breast pads or swaddles with a designer feel that’s just as easy on the wallet as on the eye. Aimed at babies and toddlers from 0-18 months, bamboo clothing is ideal for even the most sensitive of skins. Visit Bambini & Me on Stand HP136…

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