Companies to have booked their stands before this year’s doors had even closed include pots and planters specialists Woodlodge, award-winning garden product supplier, Burgon & Ball, pet product experts Petface, garden giftware specialists, Fallen Fruits, leading solar lighting company, Smart Solar, machinery experts, Handy Distribution, garden plastics company Garland, garden tools brand Wilkinson Sword (E.P.Barrus), garden leisure suppliers Bosmere, garden and horticultural product supplier, Vitax, and workwear distributors Gardiner Bros.& Co.
Glee – organised by i2i Events Group – is the UK’s leading garden trade buying event, and the only one to bring the whole industry together under one roof. Built on the themes of ‘Discover, Network, Grow’, Glee 2014 will be the 40th successful year for the show. In 2014 Glee enters a new era as it moves to a new location within the NEC’s Halls 17 – 20; creating a host of fresh indoor and outdoor exhibiting, feature and visitor opportunities that meet the buying and selling needs of the modern garden retail industry.
i2i’s Matthew Mein, Glee event manager, confirmed: “We have been delighted by the enormous amount of positive feedback we’ve received from buyers and suppliers at this year’s Glee, and overwhelmed by the demand for re-bookings from current exhibitors. We’ll be continuing to process these bookings over the coming weeks, as we put the detailed plans in place for next year’s exciting, new era.”
With a view to sharing the vision and opportunities presented by the future show, Matthew Mein took the heads of key garden industry trade associations the HTA, GIMA, GCA and Gardenex, to visit the new Halls. Caroline Owen, President of the HTA and Managing Director of Scotsdales Garden Centre, said: “That everyone in the garden industry needs a focused, effective annual hub for buying, selling and meeting is beyond doubt. Glee offers the perfect forum for doing business, and its plans for a fresh location, layout and features look set to help drive us all forward into the next 40 years. Like the other trade associations here today, the HTA strongly urges every garden retailer and supplier to harness the opportunities that Glee provides.”
Further details about Glee 2014 will be announced soon. For exhibiting information, call 0207 728 4623, and to find out the latest show news log onto www.gleebirmingham.com