Please note that many of the testimonials below are courtesy of Nursery Industry magazine.
Harrogate was again a huge success for Tippitoes and baroo and it was a fantastic platform for us to launch our new products - in particular, we are extremely appreciative of the support we received for our brand new 3in1 travel system, Toto, which will be available in the next few months. We felt there was a very upbeat spirit on display at the show and it was great to come across so many new faces as well as established supporters of the brand. Paul Walters, General Manager, Tippitoes
We enjoyed meeting new and existing customers, demonstrating our fantastic products to them. The Monza Nova Seatfix and Babyzen Black Frame were the highlights of our stand and we also launched the stylish Babyzen sleeping bags. Our adapters for the award winning Young Profi plus infant carrier generated a lot of interest as we displayed it with strollers made by other manufacturers that it can be fitted to. Michele Keeler, RECARO
We had really great feedback from Harrogate, from both new customers and existing customers. The Faye and Lou brand is well known for its high quality products in bright and trendy packaging. The brightly coloured Rainbow and Cozio extra-large muslins are unique and very popular with retailers and consumers, while the Breastfeeding Butterfly is now sold in six beautiful fabrics. Faye and Lou will be extending its range and launching a number of other products by the end of the year. Faye Norton, Faye and Lou
Robert and his Team must be congratulated for putting on a well organised show and also for arranging our entertainment. The two Party Nights were well attended with some revellers not getting to bed much before dawn. However, everyone took the opportunity to either network or just catch up with old friends.This year's Show was the biggest ever and I'm sure it must have been tiring for visitors getting round to see everyone. We at hauck were happy with the footfall onto our Stand. Sue Griffiths, Hauck Group
Kit for Kids Group was well received by peers within the industry; with both the Dual Core Mattress from Kit for Kids Baby, and the two new ranges from By Carla a success. The show also solidified our position as a market leader within the nursery industry. Audrey Williams, Commercial Manager, Kit for Kids
Harrogate Nursery Fair has always been a busy and exciting time for iCandy and the 2012 show was no exception. The atmosphere on our stand was filled with excitement for the preview of the beautiful peach 2, peach blossom 2 and peach blossom twin 2 collections along with the stunning peach London limited edition. We enjoyed spending time with all of our stockists at the show and we now look forward to the year ahead. Kelly Palmer, iCandy
We had a good show; it was great to catch up with all our customers. Our new cover designs for the best-selling Original Pregnancy and Feeding pillow were exceptionally well received, as were the Wynnie, C-Section Belt and the Plushy Moon pillow. Reinhard Punke, Theraline
After a long week we were tired and pretty much running on the adrenalin from the show. Of course we hoped that the 22 new products we showcased would go down well, but we can't quite believe just how well they were received. We were also thrilled with just how many new retailers of all shapes and sizes joined the Brother Max family, showing that our decision to broaden our focus to also grow Brother Max within independents is proving the right thing to do. Jonathan Gold, Brother Max
It was our third year and I think it was one of the best I've been to. Hall H was a great new location for us and we managed to catch up with many of our existing retailers as well as taking plenty of orders from new customers. It's a fantastic opportunity for retailers to see the whole of the SnoozeShade range in one place and a good one for us to be able to update them on all our award wins and marketing activity we undertake to support the brand. We've started some interesting international conversations and there were more bricks and mortar retailers starting up - hopefully a sign of an upturn in our economy. Cara Sayer, SnoozeShade
For Mojo Distribution Harrogate Nursery Fair was a great success. Moving to a 100sqm stand was a big commitment for us, but we were able to showcase all our brands in the way we wanted. We were really pleased to see that the UK and Irish retailers supported the show as it is imperative that we all work together in these tough times. We took on a number of new retail accounts for TFK, Lässig and Aerosleep and our NoJo bedding line from the USA created very strong interest. To gain a Highly Commended in the BANTAS for the 'AeroSleep 3D protect' topped the weekend off. We are already looking forward to 2013. Rob Pascoe, Director, Mojo Distribution
It seemed like the nursery industry was out in force this year with the expansion of the show. On the whole it was a good show and we were pleased to pick up a BANTA award for Maxi-Cosi. KUB's new range of cots were also very well received by the retailers and we had some valuable feedback. Andrew Ratcliffe, Managing Director, Dorel UK Ltd
This was The Little Green Sheep's second year at Harrogate and we chose a position in the new Hall H with great results. The show saw the launch of our new Mattress PodPOS to support our range of chemical-free natural mattresses; with retailers providing great feedback on both the design and benefits of using no additional floor or wall space. We also managed to see all the major buyers with the exception of one, as well as some fantastic independents who we work hard to support. Overall, it is set up to be a very exciting year for the brand! Mark Nicholls, Marketing Director, The Little Green Sheep
The Rochingham stand was very busy this year exhibiting its three mattress ranges, Rochingham, My First Little Bed from Silent Night and Naturally Inspired. Also showcased was its new, 'Mum to be, birth, baby and beyond' pack. This cleverly designed system can help to provide mum with a good nights sleep by reducing interface pressure in key areas and supporting the body in a variety of positions. Paul Howes, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Rochingham
This year, Harrogate Nursery Fair was a pivotal moment for Hippychick. Our stand was show stopping and labelled by many as the 'Hippychick zone'. Having such an impressive stand enabled us to give sufficient space to each and every one of our products. Overall footfall was up on last year and Dream Tubes winning the Safety Category in the BANTA awards set the show off to a great start. Jeremy Minchin, Director, Hippychick
Harrogate Nursery Fair has always been our favourite trade show for a number of reasons, but this year's show has been our best so far! As a small company it was really worth entering the BANTA Awards, as the Winners of the Feeding, Cleaning and Changing Category with our MATchel, we received real recognition from retailers who visited the show, as well as from fellow exhibitors. We really enjoy the evening events as they bring the exhibitors, retailers, and even the press together allowing for fantastic networking opportunities as well as creating a genuine community feel! Breanna Yen, Sales and Operations Manager, MaByLand
For us it was all about innovation which impressed visitors to our stand, they love the fact our products are not only very attractive but also award winning in safety and style. Delia Pander, Marketing Manager, CONCORD
Harrogate provided a fantastic platform for showcasing our current award winning monitor range, gauging feedback on our upcoming innovative products and also gave us a unique opportunity to talk with many independent retailers. We rarely have an opportunity to do such a thing, making this event a mutually benefitting experience for both manufacturer and retailer. Paul Davies, Senior Marketing Executive, Binatone Telecom
This was our first Harrogate and we were very excited to meet so many wonderful new stores in the Nursery arena. The atmosphere that is created at Harrogate made it a pleasure to be exhibiting and the show organisers were brilliant ensuring our show went without a hitch! Samia Khan, Managing Director, Aden + Anais
Sunproof exhibited at this, their 10th Harrogate Nursery Fair, with a full product portfolio and came away feeling buyers were showing their strongest confidence in spending for several years. There was an air of positivity in rapport and feedback from customers old and new, and several new bricks and mortar store startups visited Sunproof. Sunproof had a successful and busy show and came away with its best clutch of orders taken (for both forward and in-season deliveries) in several years. Jouko Nykanen, Sunproof
Weybury Hildreth Ltd's stand looked as vibrant and eye-catching as ever and Lee-anne Simpson, managing director, reported a 'fabulous show' well attended by all the key buyers. WHL showcased the children's tableware collection 'Toddler', designed in Denmark and winner of the prestigious international red dot design award. Koo-di previewed the bright and fun bath time collection alongside the Koo-di Car Accessory range and both were a big success. PurFlo attracted visitors onto the stand with the award winning PurFlo Travel SleepSac and Anti-Allergenic Mattress. Fiona Woodhead, Weybury-Hildreth
Jane has enjoyed another successful Harrogate Show and we were thrilled at the positive responses we have had from buyers and press to our new product launches - for the new Twone, Muum and Matrix Light Platform. Harrogate has always been an important UK trade show for us and gives us the opportunity to showcase our New 2012 range. We were also delighted that Jane's Trider Matrix received a Highly Commended certificate in the Wheeled Goods Category at the BANTA Awards. Fiona McMullan, Johnston Prams
This is the first time we've exhibited at Harrogate and the show has been a big success for us. We've had really positive feedback from buyers, especially for our cleverly designed Premium Maia Change Bag which we launched at the show. We've been able to make some important contacts and have had a lot of interest from independents in the UK and further afield, both big and small retailers. Overall, it's been a very successful show for Momymoo. Joelle Seksum, Momymoo
Harrogate exceeded all of our expectations and more. We were absolutely delighted with the feedback that we received from the visitors to our stand, with both of the itti bitti and ones&twos brands being extremely well received as well as the Rockin Green brand that we distribute in the UK and Europe. We are already looking forward to returning next year and have some exciting plans in development. Andrea Harrison, Itti Bitti
We had a fantastic time at Harrogate and were overjoyed with all of it - the orders taken at the show, meeting new people and of course saying 'hello' to many of our current stockists. Thanks to our stand neighbours too who positively encouraged more music when one Babies Go CD had finished playing. James Donaldson, Babies Go Cd's
I think this was our busiest Harrogate ever! Our new NJOY Bubble reversible buggy caused a stir and we had a massive response when Pushchair Trader posted breaking news about the NJOY on their Facebook page. Lots of orders for our new Zia Evolve pramette travel system too which is great endorsement when we've spent so much time developing these products. Neil Slagel, Managing Director, Petite Star
My first time in Harrogate and what a wonderfully friendly show it is. We had lots of orders for our new range bags, especially the Georgia and lots of repeat orders for our best-selling Nico, so we're super-happy. There's a real buzz around the show, a sense of optimism which is great to see. I'm not sure my feet will recover in time for the Melbourne baby show straight after Harrogate however... Clare Condon, Sales Director, Il Tutto
It was great to be able to show off our gorgeous Joules nursery range to a whole new set of retailers at Harrogate and we were bowled over by the response. We also wanted to gauge response to our Suzy Zoo range of bedding and exciting new toys both of which are arriving this summer. It was lovely to have all the positive feedback and great to be at such a busy and obviously thriving show. Bryony Coles, Commercial Director, Suncrest
This year was a very special Harrogate for BabaSlings Ltd. The launch of our new POS display, theQube, was very well received and we had plenty of entrants into our competition. We were very happy with the turn out and interest in our new products, especially by the Independents would we made a particular effort for this show. And whether you made it to our stand or not, everyone will have surely seen the BabaSling walking around with our sponsored bags. Overall a great success! Bradley Guin, Head of Online Sales & Marketing, BabaSlings
With a completely new look stand and a new hall it was all change for us this year - and it certainly was one of the best shows yet! We were really impressed with the new Hall H, it was light and airy and there was a steady flow of traffic throughout the three days. Even on Tuesday we were taking orders up until the very end which was fantastic!
It was great to see both current and perspective customers and show them all the new lines as well as established favourites - there was real buzz around our stand as there were so many exciting developments to share! Debbie Grant, Bibs + Stuff
The UK launch of Start-rite furniture at the Harrogate Show has been a long time in the planning and we are delighted to say that the brand and product range were just as well received as had been anticipated. We were especially pleased with a Highly Commended Award for our lollipop play table and being short listed for the Brook Cot in the BANTA awards.
With a flurry of interest from the off we took our first stockist orders within hours of the show opening. Enquiries came from both independent and multiple high street stockists in all corners of the UK and included enquiries from two foreign customers. We couldn't have hoped for wider reach. Our range for 2013 is already in the planning as well as our Harrogate presence after such an encouraging reaction this year.Nick Green, Managing Director, Start-rite Furniture
We had a fantastic three days, catching up with existing stockists and showcasing our new red star fabric design for BundleBean Original and our new product, BundleBean Solar, both of which were very well received. We got some very positive leads for overseas distribution and look forward to a busy few weeks following up. As ever, the Harrogate show reminds one what a fantastic industry this is and how pleased we are to be growing our brand alongside so many other dynamic and innovative companies. Without doubt the highlight for us was winning Highly Commended in the BANTAs in the Travel Accessories Category. Thank you to the BPA and Nursery Fair for another great show! Emily Goodall, Director, BundleBean Ltd
Our previous experiences up to 2009 at Harrogate were for the Lingerie and Swimwear show which was always a positive experience so we were looking forward to this exhibition. In the Queens Pavilion the exhibitors had a great camaraderie and from arrival to end, the staff and porter services provided were exceptional.
With the sunshine making an unexpected March entrance we thought that this would have an adverse effect on visitors. However, new accounts were opened and we've come away with more prospects than we were hoping for. We are looking forward to our next Harrogate Show. Tanya Bulloch, Bravado
The Harrogate Nursery Fair 2012 was easily one of Skibz best shows ever! We are still on a high from it. It's great to come up here and feel so much positivity about your products - it's so easy to forget how much people actually like what you do when you're stuck away in an office. We came away with so many more orders than we dared hope for. It was such a lovely friendly atmosphere too, so well organised with lots of really helpful staff on hand. Roll on Harrogate 2013 we say! Helen Bristol, Managing Director, Skibz
Harrogate was a great experience for Safe Dreams. It was our third year of exhibiting and for the first time we felt like 'old-hands'. Our latest products, Safebreathe Hoppy and Patch, received a fantastic response and were shortlisted for a BANTA Award. We also found out during the show that the Cot Wrap had won the Bounty Made by Mum and Dad Awards. We are already looking forward to next year! Louise Carr, Cot Wrap
Harrogate 2012 has been my best show yet! With a great mix of buyers I've already taken orders from new retailers while others have extended their range to include TugTrio. I've also had great feedback on my new products. The only disappointment was for the second year running there was no time for tea at Betty's! Di Mayze, TugTrio
This was my first show so how lucky was I. I simply cannot believe that they are all this well run. The whole experience was pure pleasure thanks to the courteous and always helpful nature of everyone involved. I can see why it's known as the friendly show. Thanks a million - can't wait till next year to return to the beautiful place that is Harrogate. Shaun Bradley, Toddlerboards
I'm delighted with the response we have had from retailers, many of whom took advantage of our show bundles, a great deal for those wishing to stock Kiddü products. Jonathan Feingold, CuddleCo
We completed more orders than any other show, made many new excellent contacts and discussed expanding our range into some very new and innovative products, which we are all very excited about. All in all, Harrogate Nursery Fair 2012 was a great success for us and many other exhibitors, and we are looking forward to next year. Nick Hampton, Director, Ardega Distribution
This year's Harrogate Nursery Fair was an exciting new start for TOMY in the nursery market - with a new location in Hall D and a brand new product range to exhibit. We were very happy with this year's show as it gave us a chance to introduce the new collections, in particular JJ Cole, Lamaze and The First Years ranges, for the very first time in the UK. The stand was busy all week with both existing and new customers, providing the ideal platform to showcase the full breadth of our combined nursery ranges. Antonia Rainbow, Senior Marketing Manager (Nursery), TOMY
This was the second year that Mutsy exhibited at Harrogate and we were overwhelmed with the amount of new accounts opened during the three days of the show. The team spent many hours demonstrating the new Evo pushchair and the Easy Rider umbrella buggy and three full days of order taking means that Mutsy is considering taking a larger stand at next year's show. They would like to thank the organisers for a great show and the buyers for their confidence in the Mutsy range. Rob, Niels, Paul and Janet - Mutsy
Hall H worked for us really well, and we are re-booking the same position for next year.
Although apprehensive about a new hall and a new position, I would have to say we were delighted with Hall H, always had a buzz around the hall and a real feel good factor!! Plenty of customers came to see us, both new and existing ones. Mike Dean, Caroline Jane Int Ltd
We really did come away from the show buzzing! We had a fabulous Nursery Fair, everyone we met was really positive, we opened a significant number of new accounts and as a result of the show it looks as though we will soon be working with at least two new major national accounts one of whom was still on our stand when the announcement came through that the show had ended - we really did finish on a high! Visitors seemed to arrive in flurries and on reflection we didn't have many quiet periods at all. The Harrogate Nursery Fair is such a friendly show; from an exhibitor's point of view there is a willingness to help from the organizers and staff that we do not experience elsewhere - we will definitely be back! Judith Stark, Halilit
This is by far the best show ever! We're so pleased! See you at the next show! Sheena Woods, MaByLand Limited
Dear Adrian, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you very much for your help with our last-minute decision to exhibit at the Nursery Fair. It's definitely one of the most straight-forward events I've ever been involved with! Natalie Carney, Brand Manager, Silentnight
The show this year far exceeded my expectations. I visited on the Sunday and really could have spent another day or two there as there was so much to see! The stands were eye catching, diverse and busy, thus creating a real buzz about the place. There are some great new products due to launch this year so it really was well worth the long journey to see these first hand and place advance orders. Highlights for me included the Oyster Max, Jane Matrix Base & Trider, Silver Cross Surf Elevation plus the amazing new iCandy colours with fantastic point of sale stands. Well done and thank you to both the organisers and exhibitors. Debbie Moran, Manager of The Babyden Stores at Folkestone & Kings Hill
A great show, with a really good mix of products and brands, from the big household names to the smaller brands who are just starting out with some inspired ideas to help make parents' lives easier. Really great to have all the exhibitors in one space - makes life so much easier! Claire Lavelle, editor, Prima Baby
I thought it was a really good show. There was plenty to see, the stands were well spread out with people there to help direct you between the halls if needed. I was very impressed; there was just so much choice and I got everything I wanted. I was the first one in on the Sunday and got loads of good deals, placing orders with Britax, Dorel and a multitude of others. I spent quite a few quid actually! The Britax order turned up the day after I got back! I'm feeling very positive about the Industry; this last month has been the best yet for us and I'm delighted. Gary Watts, Managing Director, WH Watts & Son
The Kiddicare team really enjoyed the Harrogate show this year - we saw lots of great new products and are looking at expanding our range and customer choice following demonstrations we saw at the show.
It was a really busy show; bigger and better than ever before, but it was interesting to see companies utilising smaller stands. Even big brands had cut back their exhibition space at the show, but were conveying their ranges and services just as effectively. It's interesting and inspiring to see this shift in line with the economic climate. Mia Mills, Senior Buyer, Kiddicare.com
Harrogate Nursery Fair proved very enjoyable this year and I found some new suppliers and also re-established links with some previous ones! Highlights of the show for me were the Oyster Max, Easywalker June, Brother Max, Oxo Tot and the new range of colours from iCandy. David Winstanley, Winstanleys Pram World
Harrogate is a good opportunity to meet with suppliers, talk about the industry and gain a better understanding of it. I can see all my suppliers in one place rather than having to travel up and down the country to see them individually!
I think the suppliers did a great job of presenting the brands, but I think the independent sector needs to talk to the industry more. Retailers need to support the trade shows more and listen to what's happening out there. I learn so much from each show I go to. In terms of staff training it is brilliant - I always take my staff along as it gives them an opportunity to see and try out a range of products to find out how they work. My guys came away from Harrogate invigorated, they were buzzing with ideas for the store on the way home! Daniel Terminiello, Managing Director, Peppermint Stores