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Harrogate Buyers Festival Preview

Baa-Beauty-Stool--1-With the advent of July the industry is looking forward to Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, Harrogate, one of the most popular shows in the annual buying calendar.


Taking place from 17-20 July, this year’s show will include over 150 new suppliers amongst the 850 plus exhibitors launching new products at Harrogate this year. Visitors can look forward to feeling more inspired and indulged than ever, as they get a tantalising first glimpse of emerging trends ahead of Christmas.

ECP-DesignFirst time brands and exhibitors include: Bentley & Bo Limited, Hannah Williamson, Suck UK, 1790 Creative Limited, Stone Marketing Limited, Tobar Group Trading Ltd, The Big Cheese Making Kit Ltd, Cornwall Soap Box Ltd., John Hanly & Co Ltd., Laura Skilbeck, Lorna Syson Textiles, McGregor Balfour (Textiles), The Green Board Game Company and Weekend365 Limited and many more.

KATIE LEAMONThey join an excellent base of well-established companies who are regular exhibitors, including industry heavyweights: Lesser & Pavey Ltd, Hill Interiors Ltd, Yankee Candle Co (Europe) Ltd, Joe Davies (Manchester), Richard Lang & Son Ltd, Brandwell Irl Ltd, Something Different Wholesale, Gisela Graham Ltd, Get Fresh Cosmetics Ltd, Container Group Buying, CB Imports, Flame & Fragrance Ltd, RJB Stone Ltd, Wild And Wolf Ltd, Culinary Concepts, Voyage Decoration Ltd., D&X Ltd, Orange Tree Toys, Ashleigh & Burwood Ltd, Heaven Sends, JJ Vaillant Ltd, Charlie Bears Ltd, Lichfield Leather Ltd., Dartington Crystal Ltd, Heathcote & Ivory Ltd and Puckator.

CEST BEAU BAGSIn addition to a vast array of exciting new products this year, buying from new and returning exhibitors is set to be easier than ever, with a number of improvements to the look and feel of the show.

Home & Gift show director Cleere Scamell says: “We are always looking at ways to make life at The Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival easier for everyone. Building on the easier layout introduced last year, we are adding another entrance point adjacent to the ever popular Design Point campus, creating the easiest-ever arrival experience.

Rhubarb collection“Our aim is to make choosing the very best in design-led and everyday essential products as enjoyable an experience as it should really be. Despite this year’s show already proving to be more crammed with new exhibitors than for many years, we have managed to squeeze in an enhanced Great Northern Retail Forum and more social events. A visit to Harrogate also offers a rare chance to catch up with friends, colleagues and grow supplier relationships, learn from the experts and develop new business ideas – it all adds up to an exceptional buying experience.”

ASHERS BAKERYCleere says that key for this year’s show is the Great Northern Retail Forum, which has expanded from one day to three, following the great success of its debut last year. Visitors can see Google and John Lewis offering unique insight into retail, its challenges and opportunities. Another highlight will be leading chef and restaurateur Tom Kerridge, who is being interviewed at the show on Monday 18th.

124Harrogate will also welcome 200 new exhibitors, a dedicated Greetings and Stationery gallery, and an expanded Design Point 4.

For more information and to register for free visit the website