An exciting new addition to Glee’s 2015 offering, the Buyer Power List, is designed to provide suppliers and retailers with a platform to recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference. Launched to the market in May, the response has been so strong that it has been confirmed that the deadline for nominations has been extended until July 24th, enabling even more buyers and buying teams to have their moment in the sun.
Nominating your favourite buyer or buying team couldn’t be simpler. Simply log onto the dedicated Buyer Power List pages at www.gleebirmingham.com/BPL, where you will be able to nominate buyers across five categories. Anyone is eligible to nominate, from heads of purchasing to suppliers.
The Buyers Power List categories have been confirmed as:
- Garden Centre Buyer or Buying Team (fewer than 5 stores)
- Garden Centre Buyer or Buying Team (more than 5 stores)
- DIY store or Builders Merchant Buyer or Buying Team
- Other Retailer Buyer or Buying Team (including supermarkets, department stores and high street)
- Online Retailer Buyer or Buying Team
Once all nominations have been received, a shortlist will be drawn up with the top 10 names from each category being announced in late July. This list featuring the top 50 buyers and buying teams will then be subject to peer nominations, where those shortlisted have the opportunity to cast one final vote, to decide on an overall winner in each of the five categories.
The Buyers Power List ‘winner of winners’ will then be announced during a special ceremony at Glee 2015. Taking place on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th September, the ceremony will see representatives from both the retail and supply side of the garden industry come together to celebrate another impressive 12 months of trading.
Talking about the Buyers Power List, Glee’s event director, Matthew Mein said: “So often the buyers and buying teams are overlooked, so we wanted to introduce something that will reward the hard work and dedication that they demonstrate every day. These teams or individuals not only help to bring to market thousands of products every year, but they help to shape the retail environment, which has seen garden centres develop into destination centres recognised for their innovation, product selection and aspirational lifestyle on offer.
“Nominations have been flying in, but we know that there are still many more to come which is why we have extended the deadline. We want to ensure that buyers from across the board are represented within this exciting showcase, so I urge anyone who wants to nominate to do so now to avoid missing out on the opportunity to reward the buyer or buying team that has made a difference in 2015.”
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Glee is the UK’s leading garden retail show, focusing on building year-round profits within core product categories including garden care, landscaping and garden design, pet, food and catering, home, gift and clothing, and plants. In 2014 the show attracted thousands of buyers from top retailers, such as leading UK garden centres, builders’ merchants, multiple retailers, and DIY stores. To keep up-to-date on all the latest news log onto www.gleebirmingham.com. For details on exhibiting at Glee, call 0203 033 2160.