The shortlists for today’s pitching for the Glee New Products Awards have been revealed...
Homewares, Gifts, Toys & Games – 10:00am
Earthy Natural Bamboo Side Tables - Set of 2 – The Satchville Gift Company – 7B30-C31
Kids Light-up cloggies – EP Barrus Ltd – 7D30-6A31
Pup's 1st gift Box – Goodchap's – 6C17
Wholeleaf Platters, Bowls & Plates – The Wholeleaf Company – 20G04
Bee Activity Box – Kidzplay – 6C03
Pet Food – 10.15am
Churu Pops – Collarways Ltd - 6B16
Home Barking Kit – Sniffe & Likkit Ltd - 6B19
Scoff Paper Edible Greeting Cards for Dogs – Scoff Paper - 6B17
Pet Health & Beauty – 10:30am
Anti-Bacterial Dog Shampoo with Hosepip Applicato – Aqueos – 6C05
Furrish Cordless Pet Clipper – Furrish – 6B01
The Woof Pack - Deluxe Doggy Bag & Grooming Kit – Sniffe & Likkit Ltd - 6B19
Pet Accessories – 10:45am
Glove My Dog Deluxe Bamboo Towel Glove – Sniffe & Likkit Ltd - 6B19
Petface Planet (Toucan) – Leisure Grow – 6D50-F51
Pup's 1st Cracker - The cracker your pup can pull – Goodchap's – 6C17
The Friendly Squid - Cleaning up our coast – Goodchap's – 6C17
Retail Services & Experiences – 11:00am
Evergreen Trade Website & Training Academy – Evergreen Garden Care – 8D30-7A31
Honeyfield's Floor Display Unit – WHM Pet Group – 7B51
Tri-Star Adbags –Tri-Star Packaging – 20H37
Wild Bird and Wildlife Products – 11.15am
Gardman Aura Bird Bath & Feeder – Westland Unwins -7C50-6A51
Water is Life Bath and Drinker – Wildlife World – 6G20-H21
WildPod – Bioscapes – 7A64
Growing Accessories – 11:30am
BB Rain Can –Block Blitz Ltd – 6F60
Gro-Sure Visiroot Twin Propagator Set – Westland Unwins -7C50-6A51
Pot Trelli – Treadstone Products – 8A41
Small Space Cold Frame – Zest 4 Leisure – 20A40-C41
Glee returned to the NEC Birmingham in style today (Tuesday) with the exhibition halls a hive of activity as soon as the doors opened at 9am.
An impressive list of suppliers were joined by UK and international key decision makers, buyers and trend setters, to showcase the future of gardening.
This year’s show has brought together hundreds of brands and thousands of exciting products under one roof, providing garden buyers with the first opportunity in 18 months to ‘shop’ new ranges to boost their retail offering and build on the incredible momentum created throughout lockdown.
Reopening in line with government guidelines, Glee provided a ‘Safe & Secure’ space where, under the banner of ‘refuelling retail’, the garden retail industry can come together to build business and network, as well as gathering inspiration for new product ranges, merchandising and point of sale, social media and branding.
A visit to Glee can help fill the void created during the last 15 months where retailers were unable to focus on buying or source innovation and trend-led ranges.
There are still two days to go – Wednesday and Thursday – to see all the latest new products so if you’re still planning your trip make sure you register for free entry. Click here to register now.
Glee New Product Awards shortlist revealed
The Glee New Product Showcase, in association with GTN, generated huge interest as Glee opened today. After a morning of drawing up their shortlisted products for the New Product Awards, the judges listened to pitches from exhibitiors...
Exhibitors face the judges after the first Glee New Products shortlist is revealed.
With an impressive number of entries this year, the Glee New Product Showcase, in association with GTN, generated huge interest as Glee opened on Tuesday morning with hundreds visitors heading to the stand as part of their planning of visits for the rest of the show.
Prior to the show opening, the panel of Glee New Products judges started the process of making their selections from the new products entered into the showcase across the product categories.
From the initial judging process the products with the top scores in each category have been announced and they now have the opportunity to make a pitch to the judges this afternoon, before the final decisions on the winners are made.
The final winners will be announced at 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday)
Shortlists for tomorrow’s pitching available will be available later today.
Here is the list of shortlisted products so far:
Plants Seeds & Bulbs
Aglaonema Red Star – JAVADO
Cuddly Cactus – JAVADO
Granvia ® Pink Flame Imp – MNP Flowers
Spathiphyllum Diamond – JAVADO
After Plant House Plant – Plantworks Ltd
BlackGold Compos – RocketGro
Natura Grow Bed & Basket Feed Liquid 1L – Natura Grow
Nature Safe Slug & Snail Barrie – Hygeia Chemicals Ltd
Harmony Gardens – Southern Trident
Flower Towe – Useful and Practical Ideas Ltd
Tall Vertical Herb Stand – Zest 4 Leisure
Tierra Verde Planters – Primeur Ltd
Metal Frame Flower Wall Art – Woodlodge Products
Resin Hippo Statue – Green Tones
St John's Solar Mirror – Woodlodge Products
Tools & Machinery
EasyMix 2-in-1 Composter – Hozelock
Kent & Stowe Capability Trowel – Westland Unwins
Kent & Stowe Eversharp Secateurs – Westland Unwins
MultyDeck – Primeur Ltd
Planter cascade – Primeur Ltd
Carolina Border – DecoPak
Leisure & Entertaining
Campingaz Attitude 2Go CV Table Top Gas Barbecue – Campingaz
Folding Garden Bar – Zest 4 Leisure
Kamado Joe - Kettle Joe – Kamado Joe
The Glee 2021 Show Guide is now available in digital format as well as being a printed version available free at the exhibition. To view the online Show Guide click here or on the cover image.
Day Two opening times
Day one of Glee 2021 takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 15th September).
Opening times: 9am to 6pm.
Day one of Glee 2021 takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 15th September).
Opening times: 9am to 6pm.
Evergreen Garden Care is investing £7m to ensure the company becomes peat-free by 2024, it was announced at Glee today.
The investment will find increased capacity for the production of raw materials like organic nitrogen, a reduction of the dependence on coir and significant new weather-proof storage facilities for the peat-free ingredients.
Announcing a raft of new Performance Organics peat-free products, including all-purpose, potted plants and fruit & veg composts, the company said it was responding to the growing demand from consumers for environmentally sustainable products, and particularly alternatives to peat.
New products manager Pery Mitsiou on the Glee stand says this is the kind of point of sale message that garden centres will be encouraged to use to promote the new Nourish & Protect range.
All the new composts will be packaged in 80% re-cycled (and recyclable) material.
The new Nourish & Protect range, in liquid and granular formulations depending on product) are designed to feed products while offering protection against attack from pests and diseases, using patented barrier materials.
The newly-developed Clear range of products, all approved under OF&G (Organic Garmers & Growers) certification, tackle a broad variety of garden and indoor pests and diseases as an alternative to the synthetic chemical formulations gardeners have relied on until now.
Janne Hansen on the Evergreen Garden Care stand at Glee today with a selection of the newly-launched Clear range of OF&G-certified organic garden care products.
The NEW Clear range was developed to resolve the barriers identified by consumer research, with the main goal to encourage gardeners to effectively and safely treat their pest and disease issues in a more considerate and environmentally friendly way.
Mark Portman, managing director of Evergreen Garden Care says: ‘‘The launch of the Clear™ Range is another exciting development for us and puts consumer trends and demands at the heart of our innovation. Our goal is to encourage gardeners to treat their pest and disease issues fast, effectively and with products which are kinder to nature. We are proud to have created unique formulas which not only offer effective protection but are also OF&G accredited and mostly made from plant-based active ingredients.”
Don’t miss out – register for Glee now
Online registration for Glee is now live, enabling buyers and retailers to get online and book their free ticket to the first in-person garden trade exhibition anywhere in Europe within the last 18 months...
Online registration for Glee is now live, enabling buyers and retailers to get online and book their free ticket to the first in-person garden trade exhibition anywhere in Europe within the last 18 months.
With the absence of live events having been felt across the industry, retailers from independent and multiple garden centre chains, DIY and high street stores, e-commerce sites, pet shops, home & gift and outdoor leisure specialists, builders’ merchants and landscapers alike will not want to miss out on securing their free ticket to Glee 2021 where over 300 brands – including 100 companies never before seen at the exhibition - come together to showcase eight thriving products sectors and also launch thousands of new products.
To register for Glee 2021 simply visit www.gleebirmingham.com and click the ‘Register Today button to confirm your attendance at the show.
In addition to bringing together the biggest and most exciting showcase of established and emerging brands, Glee will also be a hotspot for cross-industry networking and will benefit from a rich educational and inspirational programme of content that is designed to arm retailers with invaluable advice to help grow their businesses despite challenging trading conditions.
Matthew Mein, Glee Event Director, said: “Whilst visiting gleebirmingham.com why not also view the wealth of wider information that is available, helping you to plan your trip around the show. With so much content and so many exhibitors ready and willing to do business, a visit to Glee can be a fully-packed three-day agenda so time spent pre-planning will pay dividends onsite.”
Important details on the latest Safe & Secure measures put in place to ensure a safe reopening of Glee – including the introduction of Covid-19 Status checks – can also be found at gleebirmingham.com/the-community/safe-secure. All attendees are advised to view this information before travelling to the show.
Find out more
To keep up to date on the latest Glee news visit www.gleebirmingham.com.
Pot-mate scoops GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund
Pot-mate was unveiled as the winner of the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund during the first morning of Glee. Now in its seventh year, the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund has helped to bring to market a series of brands...
Now in its seventh year, the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund has helped to bring to market a series of brands, many of which are considered key players helping to drive growth and diversification of the garden retail sector. This year’s winner – Pot-mate™ – is set to be an exciting addition to the garden retail sector, helping to provide a solution to an age-old problem whilst offering retailers with a great volume-driven, add-on sales opportunity.
Pot-mate™ is a simple yet highly efficient solution to a common problem associated with container gardening. So often pots, whether on a patio or deck, suffer from drainage issues or leave unsightly marks and rings where dirt and mould has been able to go undetected underneath the pot. With Pot-mate™’s innovative, UK-manufactured design these issues are a thing of the past. Made from 100% recycled polymer, the Pot-mate™ is a simple tripod ‘ring’ that lifts pots off the ground, allowing for better air flow and drainage to the base of the pot, as well as allowing for better manoeuvrability of pots. Pot-mate™ will be made available in three sizes to suit containers with base diameters up to 36cm and will be supported by recycled material waterproof labelling and video instructions available via a QR code.
Talking about being awarded the 2021 GISCF, Pot-mate™’s creator, Phil Wilson said; “The Pot-mate™ is the result of 10 long months of product development as well as a significant personal investment, so to be recognised by such a valued industry award is truly amazing.
“I am so humbled and honoured to follow in the footsteps of previous winners and have no doubt that the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund will help spread the word of Pot-mate™. I am excited for the future.”
Beating off stiff competition and judged by a panel made up of both Glee and GIMA representatives, Pot-mate™ – as the winners - will receive support up to the value of £6,000 to help with development and marketing costs associated with entering the UK garden retail market, including a year’s full GIMA membership, and a wide range of business support tools.
GIMA Director, Vicky Nuttall said: “We’re incredibly pleased to confirm that Pot-mate™ is the 2021 winner of the GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund. The pot market has continued to grow rapidly in recent years, and Pot-mate™ offers a unique growth opportunity for retailers to drive up the average customer spend through impulse and add-on sales. Consumers will also love the simplicity of the product, whilst the recycled material and UK design and manufacturing aspects will increase Pot-mate™’s appeal even further. A truly worthy winner.”
In addition to choosing a winner, the panel also selected two shortlisted companies – Ergrownomics and Willsow.
Ergrownomics is a father-and-son team determined to break the mould of the gardening sector, offering quality, built-to-last products manufactured entirely within the UK. The Ergrownomics planter system is designed to make home-growing simple, comfortable, reliable & productive – requiring minimal maintenance and no prior gardening experience. The planters are all equipped with excellent functionality, including irrigation, filter-drainage and a patented plant-training system, and are available at a range of four possible heights, with a class-leading 10-year warranty.
Dragon’s Den backed, Willsow, has created the world's first plantable children's book. With 5 books in the range, each book contains the seeds of the main character embedded into the front and back pages. Once they've finished reading the story you can plant the back page to meet the main character.
As the winner, Pot-mate™ is now set to receive funding and help with the development and marketing of their product, together with support from experts within the industry.
To find out more about the GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund please join GIMA on-stand at Glee 2021, Hall 6 stand F20-G21.
The Pot-mate™ team can also be found at Glee within hall 8, stand A57.
Evergreen Garden Care is launching three new product ranges this year following consumer demands: Nourish and Protect, Clear and a new range, to be announced at Glee.
Launching in January 2022, a new ‘Nourish and Protect’ range will be widely available to the UK market. Pesticide free, sustainably packed with each product having two uses – an industry first! The new range will provide the necessary nourishment for healthy garden growth, whilst protecting the garden from unexpected weather changes, as well as unwanted bugs and slugs. The four new products in the range include: Nourish & Protect for Rose, Shrub & Ornamentals; Nourish & Protect for Flowers, Fruit and Veg; Nourish & Protect Seaweed Plant Food and Nourish & Protect Seaweed Lawn Food.
The second new product range is exclusively made to protect gardens and homes from pests and diseases. The Clear® range is certified by OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers), using formulas that are mainly from plant-based ingredients – exclusively developed by the scientists at Evergreen Garden Care. The range will consist of the following products: RoseClear®, FungusClear®, BugClear™, FlyClear™, MothClear™, AntClear™ and SlugClear™.
The third new launch will be announced during Glee so do keep your eyes peeled!
For more inspiration, please visit www.lovethegarden.com.
New ‘Project Bag’ from Altico
Increasing numbers of Bulk Bags and pre-pack Decorative Aggregates are being sold by manufacturers online, direct-to-consumer. This poses a significant challenge to Garden Centres who stand to lose out on sales opportunities...
Increasing numbers of Bulk Bags and pre-pack Decorative Aggregates are being sold by manufacturers online, direct-to-consumer. This poses a significant challenge to Garden Centres who stand to lose out on sales opportunities.
Altico ‘Project Bags’ create new market potential, exclusively for Garden Centre retailers, by offering them a hybrid solution to selling Aggregates in volume, direct to the end consumer.
Following the pandemic, more and more Garden Centres are focusing on their online proposition as well as their store offer, and Altico want to work collaboratively with customers to help strengthen their prospects for clicks and mortar sales.
Bulk Bags between 800-850kg can often be too much for the average personal landscape project, whilst the average family car will also struggle to take more than 9-10 large pre-packs home safely due to their weight.
Altico’s ‘Project Bag’ concept gives consumers all the benefits of a Bulk Bag – being keen on price versus the equivalent volume of large pre-packs but reduces the amount they have to order by half. There are 12, best-selling, volume lines in the ‘Project Bag’ range, each weighing approximately 420kg. Bags can even be re-used in the garden to reduce waste.
Garden Centres with their own home delivery service can simply order these lines in low pallet quantities alongside their core retail offer. Customers will still obtain a strong margin whilst having the flexibility to purchase and distribute volume aggregates direct to consumers in a new way, with ease.
To find out more, please visit the Altico stand at Glee: 6A50-B51
Web: www.altico.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01302 354500
Kneelo® from Burgon & Ball was the name which introduced the revolutionary memory foam category to the market in 2010. Since its launch Kneelo has been a consistent top seller – and at Glee this autumn the next-generation Kneelo® is unveiled! Re-engineered for even more comfort and with an eye-catching new look, it’s now better than ever.
The original memory foam garden kneeler, the innovative Kneelo® design was created from the inspiration to apply 21st-century foam technology to the everyday garden kneeler to make it the most comfortable and luxurious it could be.
Fast-forward to 2021 and to help retailers make the most of opportunities around the perennially popular Kneelo® name, Burgon & Ball has re-imagined the classic design, for kneelers and for knee pads. Now with enhanced construction that’s more luxurious than ever for the ultimate in comfort, there are also fresh colours with a new embossed pattern, and updated branding. The new, improved Kneelo® has the quality, the aspirational appeal, and the reassurance of a brand leader that gardeners look for.
To help shoppers find and select Kneelo®, this season’s design changes include:
New Kneelo® has an improved foam construction inside, making it more comfortable and luxurious than ever.
Three unique colours join the popular range, creating an attractive and eye-catching display in store. Sangria (soft red), Wheatsheaf (pale yellow ochre) and Evergreen (the distinctive Burgon & Ball dark green) extend the Kneelo® palette in a softer, more contemporary direction.
A new textured crosshatch design on the cover of the new colour options gives Kneelo® a unique and distinctive look.
The new Kneelo® features strong Burgon & Ball branding, with printed logos added to the reverse of both kneeler and knee pads.
Designed to retail at £16.99, new Kneelo® is a higher-value, higher-margin, market-leading kneeler, popular for self-purchase and also a thoughtful gardening gift. This season’s design changes help to differentiate its unique proposition - helping shoppers to seek out and ask for Kneelo® by name.
The new Kneelo® is set to win a new generation of loyal gardening devotees as the success story continues, so make sure you see it first on stand 6G50-H51 at Glee.
Burgon & Ball
T: 01202 684141
These past 18 months have awakened many to the incredible work of our NHS heroes and fellow key workers, who have been on the frontline working tirelessly to keep us all as safe and healthy, during a critical time.
Meadow View Stone, in recognition of this incredible life-saving service provider, have launched a new product, Horticultural Rainbow Eco Sand, which sees £1 from the sales of each purchase made, donated to the NHS Charities. This gives the product added value and a sense of supporting a very worthy cause, which will appeal strongly to both customers and its retail partners.
The New Horticultural Rainbow Eco Sand is also classified as recycled, being a secondary bi-product from the screening of fine granules for resin surfacing, a process the sister company, Long Rake Spar, undertake for that market. This multicoloured appearance, characterisers the product and adds connotation to its name “Rainbow”, whilst displaying the products “Eco” credentials of being a recycled product.
The product will sit alongside a wider collection of Horticultural grits, sands and gravels, all of which have been rejuvenated with a new full colour bag design, bringing the range more in touch with the wider collections of Meadow View’s pre-packed aggregates.
NHS Charities Together, supports not just patients, but the NHS staff and the wider community, and Meadow View Stone are delighted to be part of this mission.
Customers are invited to come and see the New Rainbow Eco Sand along with the company’s other product collections, packaging and Point of Sale merchandising on Stand 6D30-F31.
Great addition to high-quality Bulldog range
Bulldog Solid Forged Premier Range is the famously strong, high-quality range loved by professionals and keen gardeners alike, who like a lifetime of use from their tools and understand the weight and quality that comes with that...
Bulldog Solid Forged Premier Range is the famously strong, high-quality range loved by professionals and keen gardeners alike, who like a lifetime of use from their tools and understand the weight and quality that comes with that.
Our latest addition is the solid forged Hand Tool Set, perfect for Christmas and for gifting occasions throughout the year.
Each trowel and fork head are made from only one piece of carbon steel with no welts or weak points making it one of the strongest most “sustainable” sets in the market.
Every set comes with a “Lifetime Guarantee “.
To find out more, come and see us on Stand 7B65.
Impactful EASYLINE PoS designed to help retailers
Onduline’s innovative and impactful EASYLINE Point of Sale (PoS) display units, introduced by the market leading manufacturer to help garden centres and other leisure retailers drive sales, will be taking centre stage on stand 6F23 at Glee 2021...
Onduline’s innovative and impactful EASYLINE Point of Sale (PoS) display units, introduced by the market leading manufacturer to help garden centres and other leisure retailers drive sales, will be taking centre stage on stand 6F23 at Glee 2021.
Visitors to Onduline’s stand will be able to see first-hand how these attractive, striking and free-standing displays are the ideal solution for helping retailers make an impact with customers and influence impulse purchases in-store.
Simple to stock on the shop floor, the EASYLINE PoS displays from Onduline look fantastic, with strong branding and clear calls to action, perfectly showcasing the EASYLINE range for customers, complete with accessories and fixings. The displays also include a QR code that, when scanned, leads the customer to a simple-to-follow installation video.
The ONDULINE EASYLINE range is a compact and lightweight roofing system which can be used for sheds, studios, pet shelters and other garden buildings and annexes.
Easy to fit into the boot of a typical family car, the range is a popular choice for its ease of transportation and the fact that it’s simple to cut and install, making it extremely user-friendly.
Available in a number of bright and vibrant colours, EASYLINE is an attractive and fashionable alternative to traditional shed felt. Its 10-year waterproofing guarantee and eco-credentials - with each sheet made of 50% to 60% recycled fibres – are also key selling points, plus the fact that it contains no hazardous substances, making it completely safe for people and family pets.
To find out more, visit Onduline’s stand at Glee 2021 (6F23) or visit www.onduline.co.uk
Visitors to Deco-Pak’s stand during Glee (6H50-J51) will be able to enjoy the company’s crazy golf themed stand. With six holes to test your golfing prowess, there is also a much deeper meaning to the themed holes, as Deco-Pak Director, Craig Hall explains.
“Our customers have been superb throughout the pandemic, from their patience when stock availability and logistics were impacted, to working with us to identify key sellers and successful merchandising and POS solutions. As a way of thanking them for their support, we have created a different Glee stand; one which we hope will offer real value for those that join us on-stand.
“Each of the six crazy golf holes has been themed to reflect the challenges that the garden retail sector has faced during the last 18 months, as well as the resulting consumer demand. Supported by our product offering, designed to tap into these trends, retailers can enjoy a little fun as they educate themselves on how changing consumer spend will impact the 2022 season, and how these themes will hopefully drive us towards a new sense of normality, whilst also increasing profitability with products that are considered and truly reflective of what consumers want and need.”
The Deco-Pak crazy golf themes
1) Sustainability – the pandemic has accelerated the inevitable growth in demand for sustainable and environmentally conscious products. With consumers actively seeking out brands and products that meet these exacting standards, retailers wanting to optimise this will find Deco-Pak’s EcoStone range the top choice for the landscaping category.
Available to see at hole one, Deco-Pak’s EcoStone range raises the bar when it comes to sustainability, transforming waste materials once destined for landfill into decorative aggregates that meet the latest design trends. Glasglo are translucent tumbled glass stones, pot topper stones and cobbles made from recycled televisions; EcoStone Rubber Chippings give new life to former tyres, recycled into chippings that provide safe play areas and act as a weed-suppressing mulch, while EcoStone Sea Shells – sourced from a whelk processing factory, transform pots and terrariums when used as a dressing, and provide natural slug control in borders, too.
Ahead of the 2022 season, Deco-Pak has introduced an uplift in colour tones and a new logo for the EcoStone range to represent the true eco-nature of the product and packaging. Made with up to 60% of recycled material, all EcoStone bags will have a craft paper look to really set it apart from the other categories.
2) Mindfulness – with multiple lockdowns and enforced distance from friends, family and much of our normal day-to-day lives, the importance of protecting mental health has come to the fore – in fact it is at an all-time high. According to one report, the global meditation market is expected to reach $9billion growth by 2027. As a result, many of us are now looking at ways to improve our mental health, with gardening proving a popular option as the estimated three million new gardeners* are testament to.
Water gardening is one area consumers are turning to as the benefits of being near water have been well documented. From lower stress levels and anxiety, to boosting physical and psychological wellbeing, water gardening is a great way to add interest and relaxing sounds to garden spaces, no matter their size. Deco-Pak’s water feature collection – set to be extended for the 2022 season - will help retailers to raise the bar when it comes to staging high impact displays of instant aquatics. Featuring many ‘plug and play’ options, the complete offering is supported by informative and inspirational point of sale to help appeal to time-pressed consumers who want to introduce the tranquil, calming effect of water to gardens and demand products that can be quickly installed and instantly spurred into action. Find out more at hole two.
3) Family & Community – the last 18 months has shown just how important the notion of family is. Whether they be relatives, friends or the wider community, we have all reached for those we hold dear.
Since 2017, Deco-Pak’s Toy Town range of play pit and play sand – including coloured play sand are available to see at hole three – has been raising money for the children’s hospice garden charity, Greenfingers, and will continue to do so throughout the 2022 season. Talking about this product offering, Craig Hall said: “Greenfingers is such a fantastic cause which is needed by, and resonates with, everyone in our industry, and is one that we are so proud to support. Through the sales of our play sand, we aim to leave a lasting impression for the charity, and help provide more gardens for children with life limiting illnesses and their families.”
4) Growth – with gardening growing in popularity, business confidence is increasing in turn. One area that is seeing an increase in consumer spend is home and garden improvement, with landscape essentials such as stepping-stones proving popular thanks to their ability to transform paths and long-forgotten corners of the garden. From leaves and timber to penny coins, paws, half crescent moons and rustic circles, the Deco-Pak range is extensive and offers styles for all tastes and garden designs all of which will be available to view on hole four.
5) Inspiration – the pandemic has brought new gardeners to the market, including many younger and inexperienced customers. As such it has never been so important for retailers to offer new ideas and inspiration at the point of sale. As a result, hole five will showcase Deco-Pak’s new point of sale support, which is designed to showcase what can be achieved quickly and easily to drive up the average basket spend and build consumer confidence. New ‘get the look’ aggregate merchandising solutions will deliver quick, visual cues that demonstrate how products can be easily used to maximum effect with minimum effort.
6) Efficiency – growing demand has placed unprecedented pressure on the supply chain, with retailers and manufacturers both having to quickly adapt to changing sales patterns. Improved service and logistics will be key in ensuring a smooth path through the 2022 season. One key update for Deco-Pak will feature on hole six – new quad rockery crates for the market-leading Rock & Roll range of rockery and boulder essentials.
Find out more
To find out more about Deco-Pak’s leading product portfolio and to visit the crazy golf course, please visit the team on-stand at Glee – stand 6H50-J51 - or visit the website at www.deco-pak.co.uk
Striking range of Henry Bell wild bird care accessories
Henry Bell’s have introduced their Sterling Collection, a striking range of wild bird care accessories that are not only designed to encourage the wellbeing of wild birds but also bring key style notes into the garden...
Henry Bell’s Wild Bird Collection is a premium quality range of wild bird feeds and accessories created to encourage wild bird wellbeing.
For 2021, we have introduced our Sterling Collection. The Sterling Collection is a striking range of wild bird care accessories that are not only designed to encourage the wellbeing of wild birds but also bring key style notes into the garden.
Headlining our range is the Sterling Feeding Station which is an elegant display of decorative leaves and hanging hooks, that not only looks stylish but has been seen to deter larger birds from using the feeding station.
The Sterling Collection also includes our Feeders for Seed, Fat Balls, Peanuts, Sunflower Hearts and Nyger Seeds. Beautifully made and finished, the feeders also feature our Henry Bell ring perch design that enables garden birds to feed in greater comfort and safety.
The Sterling Grand Feeders are a majestic 60cm tall and with multiple perches and a generous feed capacity, they allow for any number of birds to feed independently and safely at the same time.
The Sterling Range is rounded out with our innovative 3-in-1 Squirrel Proof Feeder that is designed to encourage wild birds to safely feed their favourite foods whilst protecting them from the mischievous endeavours of squirrels to get to the bird food. With Sterling Shepherd’s Crooks and Bird Feeder Hooks, the full Sterling Range is a premium quality collection of stylish, silver bird accessories that look magnificent and deliver on price.
Glee 2021: Halls 8-20 7A41
For further information please contact: Paul Barker, National Sales Director
email@example.com / 07305 562171 / www.henrybell.co.uk
Henry Bell & Co Ltd, Dysart Road, Grantham NG31 7DB
Woodlodge expands indoor offering
Woodlodge is proud to launch the next phase of its Root Indoor range of pots ahead of the 2022 season as more and more consumers start to value sustainability, closeness to nature and plants’ health benefits...
Woodlodge is proud to launch the next phase of its Root Indoor range of pots ahead of the 2022 season as more and more consumers start to value sustainability, closeness to nature and plants’ health benefits.
Root Indoor’s latest lines have their finger on the pulse and are inspired by trend-led influences, allowing for retailers to offer customers the right style to suit their home.
Following on from the popular family of pot covers last year that triumphed in the New Product Award in Glee’s Garden, Home, Giftware and Clothing category, some new relatives are joining the brood. Designed to be key drivers of impulse sales by injecting a sense of fun into plants, the family now includes Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle and a new Child sibling to represent gardening across the generations.
Other additions to the Root Indoor portfolio include the latest glazed finishes in the houseplant market. Whether it be the traditional earthy colours of Gaya and Geometric or the postmodernism style of the Bubble, Orion or Pollock, the latest lines will appeal to consumers who are seeking to create a dramatic backdrop to indoor plant displays.
There is also be new lines in the Vintage collection and new wicker planters with stands, for those looking for a rustic, natural charm in store for their interiors.
The extended range will be showcased on Woodlodge’s stand in Hall 6 and buyers will be able to view the full Root Indoor portfolio and pick up the latest catalogue.
Tower debuts new outdoor living ranges at Glee
The Tower brand is exhibiting for the first time at the Glee Birmingham Show, bringing with it the latest in design excellency and innovation from its new Outdoor Living range...
The Tower brand is exhibiting for the first time at the Glee Birmingham Show, bringing with it the latest in design excellency and innovation from its new Outdoor Living range.
State-of-the-art Charcoal, Gas and Multifuel Barbecues, sophisticated Fire Pits, Chimeneas, as well as stylish new Outdoor Furniture headlines the Tower showcase at stand 20J14-K15.
Tower is the fastest-growing SDA brand and has seen year on year growth of 30% with award-winning products across categories including kitchen appliances, homewares, cookware and floorcare. Keeping the essence of quality at its heart, the long-established brand has seen unrivalled growth and today has a retail sales value of over £100m.
The brand is ambitious with a demonstrable track record of success and adapting its product development based on the latest consumer insights.
Recognising an increasing consumer trend in outdoor living during the recent pandemic, Tower invested in the sector to bring the success of its quality product design into a new range of BBQs and outdoor living products.
Trusted Ranges by Tower:
The Tower exhibition is also home to its quality outdoor entertaining and cookware ranges, Coast & Country and Barbary & Oak.
The Coast & Country range provides all of the quintessential picnicware and serveware needed for a quality family outing or al fresco dining experience.
Barbary & Oak is a premium lifestyle brand from the Tower family. Foundry Cast Iron cookware offers uncompromised style and functionality for the modern home with each piece designed to inspire and delight.
Also, don’t miss the fantastic outdoor living products from BLACK+DECKER and DeWalt.
Stand number: 20J14-K15
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number: 0333 220 6070
Making its debut at Glee 2021, the Leon Boots Co. has pledged to donate 2.5% of all sales generated at the garden retail exhibition to the Greenfingers charity.
Since launching to the garden centre sector in early 2021, Leon Boots Co. has proven popular thanks to its ultra-lightweight wellington boots offering. The range, which includes the Garden Ankle Boots and the Unisex Explorer styles, offers consumers and retailers more choice within the wellington boot sector. Up to 65% lighter than any other boot on the market today, the Leon Boots Co team is looking shake up the wellington boot category, bringing new colours, designs and unique characteristics to help drive year-round sales and maximise vital gifting.
But selling wellington boots is not enough for this ambitious team. They also wanted to help others, which is why this Glee Leon Boots Co will be donating 2.5% from every sale they make at Glee 2021 to the children’s hospice garden charity.
Kevin Burgess, UK Director at Leon Boots Co., said: “As soon as we were introduced to the incredible work that Greenfingers undertakes in children’s hospices across the country, we just knew we had to do something to help raise funds. Glee felt like an obvious choice to start fundraising, and one which we hope will raise lots of money for Greenfingers as garden retailers learn more about the ULTRALIGHT™ difference from Leon Boots Co.!”
Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Greenfingers added: “A huge thank you to Kevin and all the team at the Leon Boots Co. for their incredibly generous pledge. We are always eternally grateful to anyone who spreads the word regarding Greenfingers, and also to those that take up the fundraising mantle. We wish the Leon Boots Co. team and all our supporters a wonderfully successful Glee exhibition.”
Find out more
To find out more about Greenfingers Charity, and how to get involved in a range of fundraising events please email Linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk.
You can also join in the conversation by joining Greenfingers on social media - https://www.facebook.com/Greenfingerscharity/, @GreenfingersCha on Twitter, and @Greenfingerscharity on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Leon Boots Co. will be on stand at Glee in hall 6, stand F16. See more at www.lbcboots.com
Today’s gardeners are reaching less for chemicals and more for organic and natural solutions to create their green garden, leading to an increased demand for natural gardening equipment.
With the trend for green gardening and ‘grow your own’ produce set to continue, consumers are now seeking products to assist with their journey in creating a better connection to nature and a desire to become more self-sufficient.
The Hozelock Pure range, which includes the BioMix, Bokashi Composter and a range of sprayers, is expanding in 2022 with the launch of the new EasyMix 2-in-1 Composter at Glee this year.
The latest addition to the range, allows gardeners to easily recycle their kitchen and garden waste, helping to prevent food waste being sent to landfill, whilst improving the quality of their soil with nutrient rich compost, which helps consumers to garden naturally.
The EasyMix 2-in-1 tumbling composter, benefits from a 100L capacity drum and is quicker than most conventional composters, producing compost in as little as six to eight weeks. The enclosed lockable lid helps to prevent any pests and unpleasant smells and the design enables users to roll the drum around the garden to distribute compost with ease.
The reservoir under the tank also collects the compost juice and the inclusion of the innovative ‘Click & Spray’ hose applicator allows gardeners to use this liquid to feed plants.
As part of Hozelock’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the EasyMix 2-in-1 Composter is manufactured using 85% recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable.
The EasyMix 2-in-1 Composter will be available from February 2022, with a recommended retail price of £169.99.
Join Hozelock in Hall 6, Stand A40-B41 to learn more about the new EasyMix 2-in-1 Composter.
Originally only available to our commercial trade customers, Carbon Gold’s Biochar Biology Blend is our most potent microbiological product formula ever.
Biochar Biology Blend is formulated as an organic substrate rejuvenator, it brings an intense boost of all the trace minerals and natural biology (fungi and bacteria) your plants will need for the season ahead - which encourages healthy root systems reflected in the quality of the aboveground plants. Ideal for sprinkling into seed drills; or around the roots of young plants as you put them into their growing positions.
Biochar Biology Blend is also a great product to use if you want to simply give a boost to your houseplants or if you are thinking of repotting. Likewise, if you have some existing biochar-based composts and are going to plant back into those pots you can use Biology Blend to rejuvenate for lasting benefits for the year ahead.
Biochar can bring a physical and permanent change to your soil. It improves structure, aeration, water-holding capacity, nutrient retention, and provides a refuge for beneficial microbiology which we add to improve plant health.
All of this combines to deliver increased fertility, improved vitality and root growth which means you will have healthier and more vigorous plants.
Biochar Biology Blend is made from 100% natural ingredients – FSC Certified and Soil Association Approved for organic growing, although it is widely used by both organic and conventional growers alike.
It is easy and simple to apply.
Norfolk Leisure turns up the heat
Norfolk Leisure is turning up the heat at Glee 2021! Coming with us is an exciting range of new and existing outdoor cooking products including Cook King, Norfolk Grills and Ooni Pizza Ovens...
Norfolk Leisure is turning up the heat at Glee 2021! Coming with us is an exciting range of new and existing outdoor cooking products including Cook King, Norfolk Grills and Ooni Pizza Ovens.
Browse our range of Cook King Firebowls, Stoves and Baskets all handmade in Europe from high quality crude steel. With an extensive range of handmade accessories you can turn your Cook King into a versatile garden feature for grilling, roasting, and entertaining.
New for release is our Norfolk Grills BBQ range, something we have been working on for the last 2 years. Meticulously designing every feature with a team of experts the Norfolk Grills range of Gas, Charcoal and Electric BBQ’s has been created exclusively for Norfolk Leisure and the UK market. That’s not it! The Norfolk Grills range will also be offering a comprehensive range of BBQ accessories including tongs, skewers and much much more!
We are thrilled to be partnering with the global award winning Pizza Oven manufacturer Ooni. We are bringing along to Glee their innovative collection of Pizza Ovens including their recently released Karu 16 which will be the first time it has been shown at any trade show in the UK!
Stand Info: Hall 20 D40-E41
Contact Info: 01553 811717 email@example.com
Help eco-savvy consumers refresh their gardens
From easy-install decking solutions, to chic indoor and outdoor planters, all made from recycled rubber and currently flying off the shelves, Primeur has it all covered with its award-winning eco products...
The demand for eco-friendly, sustainable products has never been greater, as consumers carry a heightened awareness of their impact on the planet and are determined to make better choices. But, that doesn’t mean they are willing to compromise on style or creating the perfect aesthetic for their outside space. On the contrary; the pressure is now on for retailers to provide customers with outdoor products that capitalise on key décor trends, whilst reducing users’ carbon footprints and easing their conscience. Fortunately, Primeur boasts such a range – from easy-install decking solutions, to chic indoor and outdoor planters, all made from recycled rubber and currently flying off the shelves – meaning stockists can help boost their bottom line, whilst helping their customers do more for the environment.
All decked out
Creating flexible outdoor spaces that cater to different lifestyles is very much on trend right now, with decking used to zone areas in gardens and on balconies, adding more interest and functionality. For so many, time and money is also at a premium now that lockdown life is over, which is why solutions that offer savings on both those things will always be a hit with customers.
Shoppers who already have decking in place but want to revamp it quickly will love Primeur’s EZ Tile range. The interlocking floor system allows users to renew any outdoor living space in a matter of minutes, delivering an attractive and robust, maintenance-free surface that offers impressive durability and extreme weather resistance.
Available in a wood-effect Cosmopolitan finish and Mosaic, which is styled to look like tiled flooring, not only does this collection completely transform outdoor areas but its green credentials are fantastic too.
EZ Tiles are made entirely using recycled rubber tyres, utilising a waste material that would otherwise take at least eight decades to break down in landfill, but also making the tiles virtually indestructible. The beauty of this recycled material is that it will not crack, fade, stain or rot and, yet, it is non-toxic, making it safe for use on lawns and in gardens with children and pets – something that should tick all the right boxes for today’s modern gardener. With 19.25million tonnes of rubber tyres produced globally in 2019, socially-conscious shoppers will embrace a range that transforms this prolific waste material into attractive products they can use to elevate their garden or balcony.
Those looking to install new decking and flooring in the garden, will be inspired by the easy-fix MultyDeck™ range from Primeur, which allows users to build decking, lay pathways, and create seating and patio areas rapidly, without the need for a wooden framework.
Brand new for 2022, the versatile product offers a ‘floating deck’ design and can even be used under sheds, bin tidies, greenhouses and hot tubs. MultyDeck™ doesn’t require any specialist tools or know-how; significantly speeding up a number of outdoor projects and making them cheaper and more accessible for those with a limited DIY skillset. Products are supported by simple installation videos that customers can view online, with complete step-by-step guides and instructions.
Like EZ Tile, this range also taps into consumers’ desire for eco-friendly garden products, as each decking plate’s channels are manufactured from recycled rubber and, therefore, boast the same qualities and outstanding durability as other Primeur’s eco lines, whilst responsibly reducing the amount of rubber that goes to landfill.
Merchandising units clearly communicate key benefits to customers and demonstrate just how quick and easy they are to lay, whilst also flagging up the important eco messaging and use of recycled material.
Profitable and planet-friendly planters
What better way to advise customers dress their decking areas, patios and balconies than with a selection of elegant and on-trend planters. Even better, is an award-winning range that repurposes rubber waste and turns it into something that, not only looks good but also helps plants to thrive.
That’s exactly what you get with Primeur’s Tierre Verde collection. In fact, two medium Tierra Verde planters save one tyre’s worth of scrap rubber from landfill, giving gardeners the confidence that they are making a positive impact by buying into this collection. To put this into context, Primeur has repurposed more than 5,000,000 tyres over the past year alone, thanks to its recycled rubber ranges.
And, again, your customers won’t have to compromise on performance because, not only do these stunning planters make a style statement and a difference to the planet, the rubber used to make them offers added benefits, acting as insulation to help protect roots from seasonal temperatures. Eco-innovation allows these show-stopping planters to withstand temperatures of -50˚C to +50˚C, as well as guaranteeing they won’t crack or disintegrate.
A clever self-watering reservoir makes life even easier for busy gardeners, who want great results but don’t have the time or know-how to maintain their plants as well as they would like. A handy drainage plug gives the option of using planters indoors or out, tying in perfectly with the trend for blurring the lines between inside and outside spaces.
Thanks to the wide variety of designs available in a host of sizes, customers are guaranteed to find something to suit their space and the look they want to achieve. From modern, clean lines, to traditional designs and textured finishes, all supplied in slate or steel grey colourways, there’s something for everyone.
Whilst larger models are selling well, smaller sizes have also been introduced to cater for the nation’s ever-growing love of houseplants.
The Sonata collection has, in particular, proved popular this past year, as customers favour the sleek, geometric design and choice of upright style or trough shape. Brand new for 2022 is the beautiful Flamenco planter, with its modern cylindrical pedestal design; also expected to be a top choice.
Another huge perk for retailers is that, unlike traditional stone or ceramic pots, Primeur’s rubber pots are unbreakable and don’t suffer the same risk of damage in transit or while on display in store, which is great news when it comes to reducing costly stock shrinkage.
The full range of Tierra Verde planters is effectively supported by pallet merchandising units, complete with high-impact pallet skirts that stop shoppers in their tracks, thanks to striking lifestyle photography and prominent highlighting of key benefits and eco-friendly messaging.
Find out more
To find more about Primeur’s full product range and to discuss your tailored product needs, please contact the team on 01274 518800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Trident is proud of its high-quality range of peat-free, coir-based composts and other growing media. And we’re pleased to announce even further advances in our contribution to the UK horticultural sector.
We already have a great range of established dry, compressed coir products, which are stocked by more than 250 UK garden centres and numerous reputable online stores.
And for 2022, we have developed an outstanding range of new products, doubling our collection from 66 to 132 products. These include a new range of coir-based bagged composts and other growing media, under our new Harmony Gardens brand as well as the established Coco & Coir brand, coir plant pots, basket liners and other accessories, plus new sizes and designs in our popular coir doormats.
All products in the Harmony Gardens portfolio are mixes of coir together with other natural substrates and for the first time ever, as well as being peat free, are all carbon neutral.
Keen to learn more, pop over to hall 7, stand no B60-C61 to meet the team and see our new products.
For more details on the full range of products, visit southerntrident.com
The container market has continued to grow rapidly in recent years and there are even more sales opportunities for add on product and sundries related to the category. Pot-mate™ is a great example of a simple idea that can drive 10-15% trade up opportunities on the average pot sale.
Merchandised simply and located in the outside pot sector, Pot-mate™ is available in three sizes to suit containers with base diameters up to 36cm.
The simple tripod design lifts pots off the ground to prevent staining, increase ventilation and drainage and make heavy pots much easier to lift and move.
Pot-mate™ is designed by a real gardener, made in Britain and is constructed from 100% recycled polymer.
Packaging has been kept to an absolute minimum in the form of a recycled material waterproof label and simple video instructions available via a QR code.
Find out all about Pot-mate™ on Stand 8A57.
Vitax has continued to invest in its organic range for 2022 to keep everything looking rosy in the garden with the launch of Organic Rose Guard.
Formulated to protect roses against disease and mildew, the ready-to-use spray joins Organic Rose Food and Organic Liquid Rose Feed as part of Vitax’s organic rose range.
Completely natural and pesticide free, it is perfect for organic gardening and environmentally-conscious gardeners. Offering protection against aphids, such as greenfly and blackfly, it also guards against spider mites and other bugs.
Easy-to-use, gardeners simply spray onto the upper and lower leaf surfaces to create an invisible barrier which protects against spore germination, whilst removing bugs to prevent the laying of eggs.
Non-toxic to pets and wildlife, both children and pets are allowed into treated areas once the leaf surfaces are dry.
Suitable for bee-friendly gardens, the spray can be used between May and September.
Users are advised to apply every five to seven days to begin with to remove pests and then at monthly intervals during spring and summer to keep plants healthy.
To find out more about Organic Rose Guard visit Vitax in Hall 8, B30 – C31.
T: 01530 510060
Town & Country have unveiled a brand-new kids’ range, which is sure to light up the show.
Comfortable and versatile footwear for the little ones in the family as well as some super light and bright gloves to get your children growing.
Ian Seager, E.P. Barrus marketing manager, commented: “We are really excited to be exhibiting again at Glee this year, as it’s the first in-person garden retail event to take place in 18 months! We’ve been working hard to be able to get back to exhibitions with some brand-new products, as well as updates to some of our most popular ranges. We’re looking forward to meeting up with buyers from across the industry to talk them through our expanded portfolio.”
Amazing year for Patio Black Spot Remover
Garden centres stocking Patio Black Spot Removal products have reported sales above pre-pandemic levels which is a great reflection on the strength of the garden retail business...
When we left the NEC halls, having exhibited in September 2019, none of us guessed it would be two years until we returned? Our at Glee 2019, relating to 2020 Vision, retrospectively, can now be completely re written.
Company results, across the Garden Retail Market, ranged from catastrophic, to amazing! I am glad to say that Patio Black Spot Remover was lucky to be in the category of “Amazing”.
There were times when we wondered if things would ever be quite the same again – and to an extent, we still do.
Following our success at Glee 2019, with our award for “STONEKING” as the ‘Best New Product in the Garden Landscaping Section, the product was entered at RHS CHELSEA 2020, and was singled out as one of just 11 finalists, out a total of some 238 entries.
RHS Chelsea had to become ‘Virtual RHS Chelsea’ but the interest was, none the less, phenomenal.
Since the garden centres have reopened, we are pleased to report that many of the centres that stock our Patio Black Spot Removal products have reported sales above pre-pandemic levels which is a great reflection on the strength of the garden retail business.
We are looking forward to welcoming both our existing clients and potential new stockists to our stand at Glee 2021.
There are also some new unique ideas we would like to introduce you to, including a brand new product for Spring 2022.
Expect a warm welcome from all at The Patio Black Spot Removal Company Limited.
Time-tested ranges of landscaping fabrics
Apollo is making a return to Glee after more than a decade, and is inviting Glee visitors to explore its time-tested ranges of landscaping fabrics...
Apollo is making a return to Glee after more than a decade, and is inviting Glee visitors to explore its time-tested ranges of landscaping fabrics – Wire Netting and Galvanised Products, which are proving more popular than ever.
Our customers benefit from our dependable core gardening range which generates revenue all year round.
We continue to leverage our experience to offer these items to our customers at unbeatable value, whilst increasing investment in the development of new products.
We’re also delighted to introduce to Glee several new product ranges across our three brands - Apollo Gardening, ark décor and Manor Fireside Accessories.
Visit our Glee stand 6E40-F41 to discover more about the commitments we are making to become your number one supplier.
For more information, please visit: www.apollogarden.com
Traeger Grills welcomes you to Glee
Traeger grills bring a fantastic wood-fired flavour to food, using 100% pure hardwood in one of six delicious wood-fired flavours that infuse just about anything you’d like to cook, from classic BBQ meats, to fish and vegetables...
Traeger grills bring a fantastic wood-fired flavour to food, using 100% pure hardwood in one of six delicious wood-fired flavours that infuse just about anything you’d like to cook, from classic BBQ meats, to fish and vegetables.
Cooking with all-natural hardwood makes your best recipes taste even more delicious. Cooking with a Traeger is so versatile, you can basically cook anything you can imagine, from grilling, smoking, baking, roasting and slow braising. From low and slow to hot and fast, you can cook everything with confidence and ease. And it’s all operated by a controller that maintains precise temperature so you can spend more time with the people who matter most and less time watching the grill.
Grilling with wood pellets means delivering consistent smoke and heat that is easily adjusted.
The smoke gives everything you cook natural wood-fired taste and unlike other grills, there are no flare-ups because the flame is kept safely away from the food.
The Traeger brand is a balance of head and heart – combining groundbreaking innovation with making wood fired cooking a real community activity that’s accessible to everyone.
The Traeger team will have the complete Traeger line up on demonstrate at Glee along with all our accessories, sauces, and seasons. Come and see us for a warm welcome and a cool beer at stand Number 20E10-F11 VISIT US IN HALL
Mechanix Wear’s Ethel Glove line reflects the brands long history of quality craftsmanship while keeping in mind the hand protection needs of today’s multitasking woman.
She trusts her hands with a brand proven in the field, and designed to fit the contours of her hands with unparalleled performance.
Ethel Gloves are specifically designed to fit a woman’s hands and provide the necessary fashion, function and protection to tackle whatever your day holds.
The Ethel line will be exhibiting in Stand 8D60 with Gardiner Brothers, the leading footwear wholesaler in the UK. With over 70 brands in it’s portfolio, Gardiner Brothers service the entirety of the UK and Ireland with a multitude of different styles of footwear for all markets.
Ethel video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHBTI6vhjdE&list=PLRNwZ8iQx-O84WHxOJ264fagNvfaIUHFS&index=16
Mechanix Wear Contact Info:
Stuart Darby, +44 7368 134 342 (mobile), email@example.com
A quality product from a quality supplier
Supplying top-quality growing media products to garden centres and retailers throughout the UK is something which Durston Garden Products has been doing for many years. So it’s not surprising that its message to retailers at this years Glee is one of continued support and co-operation, particularly when working towards a peat-free future...
Supplying top-quality growing media products to garden centres and retailers throughout the UK is something which Durston Garden Products has been doing for many years. So it’s not surprising that its message to retailers at this years Glee is one of continued support and co-operation, particularly when working towards a peat-free future.
Always at the forefront of technology, Durston Garden Products prides itself on its’ attention to detail when sourcing the right compost for its customers. By using locally sourced renewable organic material, not only does ‘Gro-Boost’ technology help give plants a long lasting nutrient boost, but it benefits the local environment too.
Producing a quality product is what Durstons do best and it’s for this reason that they are so extremely fastidious when it comes to checking the quality of all of its composts before allowing anything to pass through its factory gates on route to its customers.
And it’s not just its products that the company care about, but the packaging it supplies its products in too. All Durstons bags are produced from 100% recyclable material.
So, as the world and the environment changes at a pace of knots, it’s vital that forward thinking companies like Durstons do the same. By continuing to invest heavily into its’ locally produced unique blend of organic materials – 'Gro-Boost’, Durstons is confident of its position in the marketplace to supply the industry throughout the UK for many years to come.
For further information, why not visit us at Glee: Hall 8 Stand D20
Hygeia has seen significant performance this year through their ‘Nature Safe’ range of 100% organic, child, pet, bee and vegan-friendly products, offering results-driven, sustainably sourced and an environmentally friendly choice to the consumer.
Now, for the 2022 gardening season, Hygeia has further expanded this benchmark setting range with the introduction of their new seaweed-based pest control range.
The multiple benefits of their sustainably sourced, hand harvested and cold pressed seaweed plus the added eco-friendly defence against natural garden pests is what they believe to be a winning combination that is yet to be seen in the market.
Check out their stand 8D46 for more info on their new range.
Tom Stolworthy, Hygeia’s UK Country Manager explains: “Our Nature Safe range has proven successful with all gardeners not just the environmentally conscious consumers.
"The sustainably sourced seaweed, and the hand harvested and cold pressed process we use to manufacture it into the final product you see on the shelves, is key to our success within this space.
"We are passionate about using 100% organic and plant-based materials within our Nature Safe range we believe that including our seaweed extract will make our new range a real stand-out in the coming season.”
The Wholeleaf Co. are excited to be exhibiting at Glee. We can’t wait to share our sustainable tableware with you.
Wholeleaf® design and produce home compostable palm leaf plates, bowls, trays for the retail sectors. We feel our products would be well suited to the garden centre sector, particularly with outdoor entertaining at a high! Our products and PSDU will be on display at stand 20G04.
Did you know almost 60 billion palm leaves fall to ground in India every year?
Wholeleaf® products are made in the beautiful green forests of South India from naturally shed leaves of the areca palm tree. It’s a renewable material! We simply wash the leaf in locally sourced spring water and heat press it into shape. That’s it, we don’t use chemicals, resins, agents or glues.
Our products are ethically made in rural India in a safe, clean, chemical free environment.
The benefits of Wholeleaf® products:
- Compostable (product & packaging)
- Chemical free
- 100% Natural & Sustainable
- Food contact safe
- Ovenproof and safe for microwaves and freezers
- Super strong and suitable for any type of food
- Less mess with no washing up!
- Famous for appearing on Dragons Den
The UK sustainable consumer goods and homeware market is worth almost £30bn. Wholeleaf can help you reach your sustainability targets which have never been more important.
‘War on Plastic’ (BBC News, 28th August 2021) recent news headlines announced government plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plates and polystyrene cups in England.
Wholeleaf products are an alternative solution to plastic, all products are 100% natural and sustainable.
The Wholeleaf Co. can help you drive category sales across garden furniture and barbecues, an almost £330m UK market.
We would be keen to understand more about your business and how we can support you.
We look forward to seeing you at Glee. Please visit us at Stand 20G04.
The Wholeleaf Co. Transforming natural palm leaves into sustainable tableware.
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Not all topsoils are created equal!
The team at The Real Soil Company issued a call to action to retailers to visit its stand at Glee (stand 6G60) to find out more about what sets its all-new premium organic topsoil – SuperSoil - apart from other topsoils on the market...
The team at The Real Soil Company issued a call to action to retailers to visit its stand at Glee (stand 6G60) to find out more about what sets its all-new premium organic topsoil – SuperSoil - apart from other topsoils on the market.
The response has since far exceeded expectations, with a number of UK garden centres registering their interest. For those yet to experience the ‘Super Soil difference’ let the team explain more!
Not all topsoils are created equal
Topsoil forms a huge part of growing media sales every year but very few topsoils deliver when it comes to organic matter or environmental protection, according to the creators of the new organic topsoil, The Real Soil Company.
“Consumers know that they need topsoil and are aware of its role in gardening projects. However, what they may not be very informed about is the production of most topsoils and why much of what they are buying will do little to boost their plant or crop growth, whilst in fact, also doing very little to ‘protect the planet’ in these environmentally conscious times”, said Simon Hedley, Managing Director of Boughton Loam Ltd, which is responsible for bringing SuperSoil from The Real Soil Company to market.
Do you know what is in your topsoil?
Topsoil can be best divided into three quality grades – premium, general-purpose and economy, however, the quality is not always clearly defined on the packaging, which means consumers are often buying a product that is not fit for purpose and, unfortunately, there are no industry standards for topsoil health when it comes to quality.
Very few people know that topsoil has a weight conversion ratio of on average 1.2 tonnes per cubic metre. What this means is a typical bag of “topsoil” purchased from a garden centre or DIY retailer purporting to contain more than 25 litres of product is not going to contain topsoil. Instead, it will have a high sand content and will include wood fibre, peat and other environmentally damaging products. These elements not only lead to consumer disappointment regarding quality, results and value for money, but just as importantly they will impact the overall long-term health of soil and the surrounding environment. Plastic, and even glass from green waste sources, can complete the overall composition, which can prove even more harmful to both man and beast.
Simon adds: “On a good day, many of the best-selling topsoils are little more than 80% sand and 20% compost; a combination which offers little additional nutritional and buffering value for plants and will lack body, so plants will also not receive the necessary support for optimum growth.”
On display at Glee will be topsoil samples where retailers can see and feel the difference between a range of topsoils currently available on the market today, including SuperSoil – perhaps representing one of the first-time retailers have been able to physically see and compare what is being offered inside the bag.
Backed by a strong brand identity
Recognising that a great product needs a strong brand identity, the team at The Real Soil Company has also created a standout look, moving away from the traditional packaging that has shaped the topsoil market for too long. Bright multi-coloured illustrations draw the eye from across the shop floor whilst also clearly informing consumers of the product’s uses and environmental credentials, helping them to make quick informed and confident buying decisions. All packaging is on display at The Real Soil stand (6G60).
About SuperSoil from The Real Soil Company
The team at The Real Soil Company are on a mission to bring premium topsoil to the UK garden retail market. SuperSoil is suitable for organic and veganic gardeners, its raw materials are ethically sourced, and the super-charged additions are natural and organic single-sourced plant-derived, supported by complete material traceability. Together all these elements make for a natural topsoil that exceeds the environmental, physical and nutritional standards that is currently specified in the industry standard, BS3882.
Become a SuperSoil retailer
SuperSoil is already stocked in two of the three biggest garden centre chains, with a host of independent garden retailers securing stock of this premium topsoil offering ahead of the 2022 season. Interested parties are invited to join the Real Soil Company team on stand at Glee 2021 (stand 6G60).
You can also learn more about the product, its ethos and the in-depth independent testing that takes place to ensure SuperSoil is best in class by visiting www.therealsoilcompany.co.uk
Grow your card sales the easy way…
Award-winning Fron Goch garden centre chooses Woodmansterne as their greeting card category management partners. Here they explain why…
Award-winning Fron Goch garden centre chooses Woodmansterne as their greeting card category management partners. Here they explained why…
Greeting cards are a growth area for garden centres - they drive footfall all year round, with a good margin that supports other garden centre gifting categories. When cards are retailed well, they create a visually-impactful area to grow sales. That’s where category management plays a key role, ensuring great availability, a varied product range from different publishers, day-to-day management, as well as sales reporting and analysis.
GTN spoke to Kati Taylor at the Garden Centre of the Year 2019, Fron Goch, and Michelle Martin from the successful garden centre group, Haskins, to understand their recent success with card category management.
Kati Taylor, Head of Retail & Marketing at Fron Goch Garden Centre in Carnarvon, North Wales, told GTN that they were looking for an improved greeting card department because of developments at the award-winning centre.
“Fron Goch has evolved over the last decade from a trip for a couple of plants to a chosen destination for a relaxed shopping and dining experience.”
“Strengthening our developing departments of houseplants, well-being, cards, books and clothing alongside the introduction of new departments was the driving force behind the new £1.5m improvements project started at the beginning of the year.
“Card sales had stagnated over the last few years and the ageing area no longer ﬁtted the customers’ expectations in range. Changing the area, installing new ﬁxtures and tailoring the range has had immediate results. After extensive research and visiting various suppliers at Spring Fair we decided Woodmansterne had the range, quality and look we were desiring.
“Throughout the whole process the team remained easy-natured and professional. From the initial conversation at Spring Fair, communication throughout to the installation, Woodmansterne have proven to be both professional and collaborative. Working together we designed the space and layout, colour matching with new and existing departments alongside the designated area and planned the speciﬁc card designs and collections we felt would ﬁt our customers’ needs.
“Since the new department was installed the feedback from both customers and team have been incredibly complimentary. The merchandising support has proved invaluable and despite it being such a short period of time we have seen an instant increase in sales of over 30%. The fresh range, clear signage and the ability to include a large selection of Welsh cards into the collection meant we now have a unique display that we are proud of.”
Get in touch!
Woodmansterne would love to explore how we can help your business grow Get in touch 01923 200 600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see more of what they do at www.woodmansterne.co.uk
Westland leads the way in sustainable gardening
Westland are proud to lead the way in delivering sustainable gardening. This is highlighted with the launch of Feel Good Gardening, an initiative which ensures the Westland brand delivers sustainable success to gardeners today and tomorrow...
Westland are proud to lead the way in delivering sustainable gardening. This is highlighted with the launch of Feel Good Gardening, an initiative which ensures the Westland brand delivers sustainable success to gardeners today and tomorrow.
The initiative spans all categories and business operations. In 2021 alone Westland removed over 700k units of plastic from its ranges, highlighted by the launch of plastic free Gardman Homegrown Harvest bird food range and the extension to Peckish Natural Balance plastic free range.
In addition to this, as Europe’s largest manufacturer of peat free compost, Westland are leading the way in peat free and peat reduced technology, which will be seen in the re-launch of the UK’s favourite compost, Jacks Magic low peat blend and the new and improved market leading New Horizon compost range.
To reduce our chemical footprint, the Westland Resolva range will be going Glyphosate free in 2022, building on the 100% growth Westland have seen in its chemical free Growing Success range during 2021.
Sustainability is the forefront of the 2022 Flopro watering offer which will see the launch of the NeverKink hose and hose reel, made from recycled PVC and offering consumers a frustration free watering solution.
Kent & Stowe is also pushing the environmental agenda through its new UK designed and manufactured Eversharp™ Secateurs, reducing road miles and utilising local expertise.
Westland Lawncare is going natural, with the launch of new Lawn Revive and Lawn Meadow, both 100% natural and designed to bring your lawn and garden to life.
At Westland, we’re passionate about sustainable gardening and providing consumers with innovative, quality solutions that deliver long term benefits. We look forward to showcasing our range at Glee and shining the spotlight on greener gardening.
Come visit us at Halls 8-20 7C50-6A51
Hamac Trading have the largest range of water features in Europe with stock available all year!
Hamac are the Sole European Distributors for Aqua Creations, Aqua Flo, Massarelli’s & Garden Creations. We have been suppliers to the garden trade since 1999.
The Aqua Creations brand is now in its 17th successful season. We offer Solar, Resin, Fibreglass Reinforced Concrete, Stainless Steel, Zinc Metal, Ceramic and Tabletop Self Contained Water Features.
The Aqua Flo brand offers a large selection of high and low voltage feature pumps, transformers, lighting and a full range of accessories suitable for all water features.
Massarelli’s are the leading USA manufacturer of Cast Stone Water Features and Statuary with over 40 years’ experience.
Included in the garden portfolio is Garden Creation resin animals and figurines and Glass reinforced concrete pots and Urns.
Hamac Displays is your one stop shop for Display, we have the widest range of realistic life-sized models, Animation and Vinyl Backdrops in Europe.
Hamac are the Exclusive distributors in the UK and Ireland of Animation brands Creation Group and Hansa Creation.
Our showrooms in Northern Ireland have over 2000 products on display. A visit is highly recommended, or if you are unable to visit, you can take our new virtual showroom tour.
Video link To Aqua Creation Promo Video - https://youtu.be/lneavmU0iAk
Hamac Trading Website- https://www.hamactrading.com/
Hamac Trading Contact Number- 028 2583 1201
Hamac Trading Email- email@example.com
Visit us at Stand: Hall 20, D20-E21 and 20D30-E31
PLEYDELL SMITHYMAN – It’s all in the Planning!
So here we are at Day 1 of Glee 2021. As Design and Business consultants, Pleydell Smithyman are highlighting some key opportunities for the Garden Centre Industry with emphasis on Planning high on the agenda...
So here we are at Day 1 of Glee 2021. As Design and Business consultants, Pleydell Smithyman are highlighting some key opportunities for the Garden Centre Industry with emphasis on Planning high on the agenda.
Planning has been greatly affected over the last 18 months but now is a great time to secure meaningful approvals to enhance and strengthen your centre.
Planning Departments are returning to ‘business as usual’ but we need to be mindful that the planning process can still take longer than we would hope with some limitations still in place affecting the previously accepted decision timescales etc.
A new Class Order has been introduced within the planning system- Class E. This effectively amalgamates shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, light industrial and storage, into one use class and enables some businesses and property owners to switch use without the need for planning approval (on which advice is critical). This is effectively a softening of policy and will allow a lot of businesses to change to meet market conditions and whilst it was primarily aimed at making the high street a more flexible and therefore vibrant place, it certainly has advantages to garden centres too. In August 2021 further Government changes to planning use classes have created potential for residential conversion of certain vacant buildings which could add value to your site.
Pleydell Smithyman have an established pedigree offering specialist, bespoke and expert Planning advice to the industry with an enviable approval success rate in excess of 99%.
Our specialist team led by Kathryn Farden and Paul Pleydell develop an empathetic approach to any proposed development ensuring the best possible proposal is developed to lead to successful development opportunities.
We look forward to seeing you at Glee – so do feel free to call in for a chat - We are on stand 20G46 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01952 433211
Zest innovates and strengthens
A great first day for garden furniture and garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure on stand number 20A40-C41 as it showcased new products for the 2022 season alongside its award-winning range from the 2020 show...
A great first day for garden furniture and garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure on stand number 20A40-C41 as it showcased new products for the 2022 season alongside its award-winning range from the 2020 show.
Among several new products, the Folding Garden Bar was very well received. Ideally suited to the massive trend for outdoor entertaining, the Zest Folding Garden Bar comes ready built for ultimate ease and enjoyment. Multipurpose, it can also be used as a potting table and folds away easily for storage in winter.
To satisfy the increased consumer demand for Grow Your Own, Zest also got a great reaction to its new Tall Vertical Herb Stand, which maximizes growing space on a small footprint and gives easy access to five separate troughs. The new Small-Space Cold Frame, which will fit onto Zest’s best-selling raised herb planter to create an easily accessible cold frame will also work as a standalone product.
Glee day one also saw great customer enthusiasm for the company’s £400,000-plus investment in product development facilities and personnel. Zest has appointed Neil Sholes into a new role as Head of Product Design and Innovation and is building an ‘Innovation Centre’ at its headquarters.
Neil’s remit for Zest is to spearhead a dedicated team researching and designing new product in line with consumer trends, driving product sustainability and further developing key concepts such as ‘easy build’. The Innovation Centre is a state-of-the-art product design and development suite including research and concept development, the latest CAD design technology, a prototyping build area, a production studio, and a marketing zone.
Meanwhile Zest has also recruited an initial four staff with further appointments planned as it ramps up its commitment to supply.
Managing director, Steve Morgan commented, “Being outdoors, feeling close to nature and enjoying our outside spaces has become more important than ever; and our current products are massively in demand. Customer satisfaction and innovation are both key to Zest and we are investing in both new design ideas and in further enhancing our systems and processes. Our goal is to ensure we remain ahead of the game in both product development and consistent, reliable product supply as we expand our range of award-winners.”
Zest 4 Leisure sells to garden centres, online retailers, and major UK groups - visit www.zest4leisure.co.uk.
New products and expansion plans from Garland
The launch of over 25 new products accompanied by 54 other items not previously exhibited, and the chance to announce the company’s positive plans for the future are the key reasons for Garland Products return to Glee in 2021...
The launch of over 25 new products accompanied by 54 other items not previously exhibited, and the chance to announce the company’s positive plans for the future are the key reasons for Garland Products return to Glee in 2021.
Garland’s sales director, Mark Dedman said: “The fact that Glee did not take place last year means that we will be showing 80 items not previously exhibited. During the past year we have achieved a massive 66 per cent growth in sales.
"As a result, we are already increasing our staffing numbers again for next season and will be investing in brand new warehouse management software as well as opening a new customer showroom. Glee will give us the opportunity of discussing these progressive plans face-to-face with visitors to our stand.”
Garland Products Limited – Hall 8, Stand D30/E31
Product launches for 2022 will include a new range of decorative trellis for plants, comprising three plastic options and three designs of metal trellis each in four sizes. These will help add style and support to the growing trend in houseplant sales as well as being suitable for outdoor pots and planters.
There will also be three new Premium brooms and a Premium dust pan and brush that are ideal for tough outdoor jobs. A new product called Little Sprinklers is being added to the company’s ever popular Garden Basics range. Other new items are a red 5lt watering can and 14lt Flexi Tubs available in three colours; green, sage and anthracite.
The popular Furniture and Barbecue Covers range is being extended with the addition of a new black Rotary Line Cover and a new extra-large bistro set cover, available in black or green. The total number of furniture covers in Garland’s range is an impressive 212 and they all feature Garland’s market leading Zero Fade Technology meaning that they retain their colour for life.
Garland Products Ltd., First Avenue, The Pensnett Estate, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 7TZ, England
Tel: +44 (0) 1384 278256
Fax: +44 (0) 1384 400091
Specflue have been in the flame game for circa 30 years as the UK’s leading distributor of chimneys, flues and stoves to both the domestic and commercial markets.
Continually looking to expand its offer we are excited to bring you an exclusive range of outdoor living products which continue our theme of all things fire and flame.
Supplying innovative, quality products, backed by superior service the range covers cooking appliances and outside heating products. From smokeless firepits to environment friendly pellet patio heaters to the stunning Vulcanus Grill giving a new meaning to both social and healthy outdoor cooking.
The Specflue outdoor living range offers something for every garden and budget.
VULCANUS Grill – A range of stunning Corten, wood fired grills, providing a unique and sociable cooking experience, endorsed by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
SOLO STOVE smokeless firepit – a range of contemporary firepits ideal for any garden that does not annoy the neighbours with smoke due to its patented design.
Pellet Patio Heater – A stylish eco-friendly alternative to gas or electric patio heaters. Cost effective to run and low on emissions, the natural choice for outdoor heating.
BIOETHANOL FIRES – A stylish range of freestanding and tabletop fires, using Bioethanol fuel they provide a smoke free, environmentally sustainable, centrepiece.
CLASSIC FIRE BOWLS – A classic fire bowl design available in Corten or black finish.
JOHN & VITO EGG – A firepit with a difference, an eye-catching architectural piece that will grace any garden.
SCHIEDEL GARDEN FIREPLACE – Make a statement with these pumice outdoor fireplaces, available in three sizes to suit any garden.
Telephone: 0333 999 7974
Handy Distribution is a one-stop-shop supplier of multiple brands of machinery & spare parts and with over 84 years’ experience, strong heritage and expertise we are one of the largest distributors in the UK garden machinery industry.
We are proud to have grown our three home brands over the years with The Handy being our first portfolio.
The Handy offers affordable solutions to those demanding gardening tasks around the home through a wide range of versatile products.
To help achieve this, The Handy brand offers a range of products from petrol, electric, cordless power or simply manual operation and we have a solution for almost everything whether it be for tilling, moving, clearing, logging, cutting, shredding, cleaning, sawing, spraying, spreading, rolling or even snow clearance.
Our construction range provides an affordable yet powerful solution to those customers who require heavy duty equipment for onsite application such as mixers, compactors and transporters.
Handy machines are built to the highest standards with robust materials and ergonomic design. Where petrol engines are included, we offer a range of powerful, modern engines as well as engines from industry leader Briggs & Stratton.
If you are interested in becoming a dealer for The Handy, we offer excellent sales and customer service support delivering service, spares and offer warranty visit our trade site www.handyonline.co.uk
To view our range of products, visit our retail site www.thehandy.co.uk
To watch the video visit https://youtu.be/IUQKhYGwdTc
Why buyers won’t want to miss The Real Soil Company
The Real Soil Company and its hero product – SuperSoil – has been brought to market to enable garden retailers to fill the void felt at the upper end of the growing media product sector. Organic, peat-free and featuring only the best plant-derived matter, buyers visiting Glee will want to ensure the company is on their list of brands not to miss...
The Real Soil Company and its hero product – SuperSoil - has been brought to market to enable garden retailers to fill the void felt at the upper end of the growing media product sector. Organic, peat-free and featuring only the best plant-derived matter, buyers visiting the forthcoming Glee exhibition (14th – 16th September, NEC Birmingham) will want to ensure the company is on their list of brands not to miss.
Backed by years of experience thanks to its parent company, Boughton Loam - leading suppliers of soils, seeds and substrates to the amenity, landscape and construction industries since 1985 - The Real Soil Company is dedicated to helping retailers understand the ‘SuperSoil difference’ and how its product is shining a light on how most existing topsoils offer little nutritional value for home growing. In fact, most topsoils are not fit for purpose, instead they have a high sand content and will include wood fibre, peat and other environmentally damaging products – together elements that will not build brand loyalty or repeat sales.
With SuperSoil retailers can rest assured that they are stocking something that delivers, with is why two of the three biggest garden centre chains have already snapped up stock of this exciting new chapter for topsoil.
Every single bag is packed full of ‘super charged’ natural and organic single-source plant-derived amendment, which when blended with natural topsoil, meets higher environmental, physical and nutritional standards than is currently specified in BS3882. The result of this improved soil biology means, more crucially for gardeners, that SuperSoil consistently outperforms current market-leading topsoils in key areas, including phosphorous (required for plant respiration and growth), potassium (essential for respiration and photosynthesis), magnesium (creates brighter colours), organic matter (improves soil structure, water retention and drought tolerance) and sand/silt/clay content.
On stand at Glee (Hall 6, stand G60) retailers can get up close and personal with all-new SuperSoil and compare it to other topsoils available on the market today. Display units will, through sight and touch, help the team at The Real Soil Company to showcase the difference in valuable content; knowledge which they hope will inspire buyers to look to a more comprehensive supplier, and one where environmental issues do not compromise, but enhance the product offering.
Find out more
To learn more about the SuperSoil difference be sure to join the Real Soil Company team on stand at Glee 2021 (stand 6G60). You can also learn more about the product, its ethos and the in-depth independent testing that takes place to ensure SuperSoil is best in class by visiting www.therealsoilcompany.co.uk
If you are interested in stocking SuperSoil from The Real Soil Company, please email email@example.com
There has never been a better time to start looking for alternative garden care products that will work effectively but will do so without causing any harm to our fragile planet.
Introducing ecofective’s new 5L Natural Green Clean, a ready to use algaecide and disinfectant that will control green growth on hard surface areas within the garden, including paths, patios, fences, and pebbles.
The natural, cinnamon based formula means this product is safer for the family, good for garden wildlife and kinder to the planet.
Traditionally, this form of product carries a ‘very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects’ warning and can run off into drains, ponds, and other waterways. ecofective’s Natural Green Clean contains no such chemicals and is not dangerous to aquatic life. This really does set it apart from similar products within the market.
The long-lasting formula will clean up to 50m² and remove green algae & growth, mould etc, from almost any outdoors hard surface area.
What’s more, all ecofective products are made from 100% recycled plastic and are also fully recyclable, helping reduce the issues surrounding plastic waste.
For further information on ecofective’s range, including the 3 NEW specialist feeds and 2 NEW houseplant products please visit stand 7C30-D31 or visit ecofective.uk.com.
Honeyfield’s take 'eco' credentials to next level
Today sees the reveal of the biggest step forward in Wild Bird Care packaging innovation in years. WHM Pet Group, who will be showcasing their Marriage’s and Honeyfield’s Brands alongside their distribution partner RSPB at Glee, are making huge steps towards a sustainable future...
Today sees the reveal of the biggest step forward in Wild Bird Care packaging innovation in years. WHM Pet Group, who will be showcasing their Marriage’s and Honeyfield’s Brands alongside their distribution partner RSPB at Glee, are making huge steps towards a sustainable future.
Honeyfield’s have already made a big environmental impact with their partnership with Fair to Nature which means that, where possible, seeds and cereals used in their feeds are sourced from Fair to Nature Farms. Now Honeyfield’s are launching brand new packaging which provides a feed offering which is sustainable from the inside out.
Plastic packaging, particularly polyolefin is featured in a lot of packaging that is used every day. This packaging has four main end-of-life scenarios of plastic materials: landfill, incineration/waste-to-energy, mechanical recycling and litter/leakage into the natural environment. This information has made the team at WHM Pet Group make a stand against plastic waste. =
The new packaging is made from 100% recycled materials which uses post-industrial recycled polythene, which can be processed as Level 4 plastic. Not only this but the new bags are 100% biodegradable within a year, a bird care industry first. This change of supply of packaging has reduced the delivery distance to within 50 miles of the packaging manufacturing facility.
The packaging has a new look, with a strong eco message alongside clearer messaging on the front of pack with a clear window to show the feed through a cut out of the Honeyfield’s bird shape. Another change is the back of the pack which showcases the Fair to Nature story with simple and clear iconography showing which habitats and animals can be helped by the Fair to Nature Farm dedicating at least 10% of their land to wildlife areas.
Honeyfield’s are giving 100% for the season ahead with packaging that is 100% Recycled, 100% Recyclable and 100% Biodegradable. Visit stand 7B51 to see the reveal in person!
Bloomin Amazing is a firmly establish bestseller
Bloomin Amazing was first distributed in March 2018 and was officially launched at Glee in September 2018, since when it’s become firmly established in the growing media sector as the leading organic soil enricher and mulch...
Bloomin Amazing was first distributed in March 2018 and was officially launched at Glee in September 2018, since when it’s become firmly established in the growing media sector as the leading organic soil enricher and mulch.
From a standing start just three years ago, Bloomin Amazing is now found in more than 340 garden centres across the UK and regularly features in the GTN Best Sellers lists.
It’s a great British success story and we caught up with Nick Finding, Managing Director as he prepared for Glee 2021 to ask him how he’s achieved such remarkable success in such a short time.
1. Where did the idea for Bloomin Amazing come from?
Our anaerobic digester (AD) which produces green gas for the town of Poundbury, was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2012, who takes an active interest in the project. Sustainability has always been key to all of us, and we wanted to look at ways we could make effective and sustainable uses of our by-products. We have always used the digestate by-product very successfully on the farms as a fertiliser to replace artificial imported fertilisers, and also by using its organic qualities as a soil conditioner. However, after also using it with enormous success in our own garden, and in a friends’ garden who was hosting a wedding, it gave us the confidence to develop it for home gardeners too.
2. How is it produced and what gives it such a good sustainability profile?
The AD plant is fed with green crops grown within a few miles, so the raw materials are entirely natural and local. The crops are fed into the digester which behaves just like a huge cow’s stomach creating methane, and we were the first in the UK to clean the biogas produced from the digestion process for the biomethane to be extracted and injected into the national gas network to heat local homes - 7500 in winter and over 100,000 in the summer. What’s left after the gas is extracted is a rich, moist and crumbly by-product of entirely organic material, loaded with nutrients – the perfect soil conditioner, mulch and plant feed.
3. How did you come up with the brand name?
Initially ‘Bloomin Amazing’ came from discussing it with my wife in a hot tub in the mountains! However, then we spent quite a long time researching the market and reviewing all the information and, of course the competitors. It was quite helpful being new to the garden category because we found that lots of people didn’t really understand the technical descriptions of mulch type products. So, we needed something that was memorable and distinctive, but also easy to understand the principle of what to expect when you buy a bag!
4. How did you go about designing your brand?
We started with very clear objectives, a well-defined consumer to aim at, and an understanding of the retail environments we hoped to compete in. Then we invited several experienced and respected design agencies to present their ideas – from which we selected our partners for all aspects of our graphic design. One of their clearest objectives, that pretty much sold their pitch to me, was that we had to ‘disrupt the consumer’. Since then, and after investing heavily into the black art of marketing, we’ve been very careful to stick to the brand guidelines they helped us to develop, and maintaining clear and consistent graphics has been a cornerstone of our marketing.
5. What marketing did you undertake when you launched?
Most importantly we had the good fortune to link up with our business developer Jane Lawler, who has held our hand throughout our journey, and has been critical to our success. On her recommendation we applied for GLEE 2018 which was our launch pad really, and we entered the new product awards which definitely helped our profile at the show, especially when we won the ‘Best of British’ award as well. I think the thing that really got us noticed though, was being awarded the GIMA Seed Corn Fund – which was a recognition of our work and success and such a great boost for the whole Bloomin Amazing team too.
6. To what do you put down your initial success with garden centres?
Early on we were introduced to a couple of people – as a result of rugby links - with long-established experience in garden products supply, especially in the growing media sector. Their guidance on issues like pricing, supply chain, deliveries and terms, plus an in depth understanding of the technicalities of bagging, storing and transporting bagged media were invaluable. It helped us avoid all sorts of pitfalls in the early months.
7. How do you feel about the new competitors that are now following in your footsteps?
We always knew that some of the other 100 or more biomethane injection AD plants that came after us, and the 500 odd electric generating AD plants in the UK were likely to try and follow our example, and of course it’s really good news for gardeners and garden retailers. With the need to eliminate peat, everyone is looking for viable alternatives, and there should be room for all of us to help resolve this.
8. How do they compete with Bloomin Amazing?
From a technical perspective, all crop-based digestates are quite similar with high organic content and moderate nutrient levels. However, it is important that the feed stocks used are entirely plant based if they’re going to be successful garden products. AD plants that use green waste, or food waste, or animal products for example can produce digestate with variable nutrient consistency and, occasionally, may be contaminated with plastics or worse. Waste digestate is also pasteurised which isn’t great really if you want a product that will perform best organically.
9. How does Bloomin Amazing compare on price?
We set out to use a system of market pricing from the very start. For a commercially successful product we knew that the price needed to be in line with existing competitor product. So, you’ll find Bloomin Amazing on a par with the established and brand leading products from the major suppliers. Some of the new entrants have clearly adopted a very different approach with much higher pricing both at retail and online. It’s not a strategy that we believe will drive the volumes we aspire to, and the best proof of that is probably the number of garden centres we are currently distributing to.
10. How can you be so competitive on price compared with other digestates?
Our business model is very simple and streamlined. We invested significantly at the start in fast, sophisticated filling machinery that requires the minimum of operator support and maintenance. Our plan is to continue to focus on building further efficiencies into the production and distribution of our single product – a 50 litre bag. I don’t’ believe that proliferating into lots of variants and formulations will add value, and it would certainly add complexity and therefore cost, never mind add to the plastic problems facing the industry when we should be looking more to reducing them, as we have in pioneering trials of a new biodegradable plastic.
11. Have you been able to maintain supply through the recent volatile demand?
Firstly, we have pretty much unlimited supply of raw material, and a bagging plant that can run at up to 8 bags per minute. Then we have a team that are highly motivated and happy to put in the extra hours in evenings and weekends when required for which I am very grateful. We were caught out earlier this season due to unprecedented demand and we ran out of bag film that delayed us by a few weeks, but compared with some other horrific lead times of 8 weeks or so we heard about in the industry we soon recovered and were able to get back to next day or latest 2-3 days. Lessons learnt as well, and our bag film orders are now ordered months in advance to cope with most things.
12. What are you plans for 2022?
Increase our garden centre coverage to nearer 500, we already have commitment to circa 400 for next year, and then we are doing trials to look at a blended product that should make a big impact in the market.
To find out more, catch up with Nick on 6G01.
Kin launches exciting Clever Pots propagation innovation
Whatever the size of the outdoor space, the Clever Pots range from Kin helps make pot growing easier. The Clever Pots range support the whole growing season, from propagation to plant care with products which are unique, sustainable and great value...
Whatever the size of the outdoor space, the Clever Pots range from Kin helps make pot growing easier. The Clever Pots range support the whole growing season, from propagation to plant care with products which are unique, sustainable and great value.
The latest innovation includes two new propagation products. The first, the Clever Pots Propagator creates the ideal environment for growing seeds into healthy seedlings.
Key features include:
- Easy watering with no need to remove lid
- Visible water level to prevent over or under watering
- Vented air flow
- Condensation channelled back into base tray
- Handles for easy transportation
This launch is joined by the Clever Pots Easy Release Pots and Saucers, which enable growth and removal of seedlings and young plants without damage to roots.
These are available in four sizes: mini, small, medium and large with two corresponding saucers for each option.
Key features include:
- Flexible coiled base which loosens and releases the soil and seedling from the pot without root damage
- Direct roots for health growth
- Textured surface to enable on pot labelling with pencil.
- Durable and designed to be reused over multiple seasons
- Made from 20% recycled content and recyclable
To be one of the first to see the new propagation innovation as well as the rest of the Clever Pots range visit Kin in Hall 6, stand 7C64.
To arrange an appointment to meet with us message firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylors Bulbs are once again pleased to be able to offer Giant size 44+ Amaryllis bulbs at Glee 2021.
Available as loose bulbs, these enormous bulbs are over 60% bigger than the standard sized Amaryllis and give amazing flowering performance.
Ian Clark, Business Manager, Taylors Bulbs said: “Last time we offered the giant Amaryllis bulbs at Glee, they sold really quickly, and we had reports and photos back from delighted customers with 3 to 4 stems per bulb and several flowers per stem. The huge bulbs are great for retail theatre, adding a real wow factor to bulb displays.”
Taylors are pleased to show off their new packaging design for Premium Amaryllis growing kits and bulb added value at Glee 2021.
Ian added: “The added value section of our Autumn catalogue has seen double digit growth for the last 3 years as a result of strong product development, combined with a real improvement in how customers are displaying our added value product.
"Thankfully, gone are the days when bulb growing kits were shoved at the bottom of the bulb stands on the floor! Our account managers have been strong advocates of giving them dedicated retail space separate to the main bulb area and this has given strong results.”
For more information, visit Taylors Bulbs on stand 6D02, email email@example.com or visit www.taylors-bulbs.com
READYBLAZE – A safer firewood brand
Winter fuel experts Dizmezs Ltd are showcasing READYBLAZE at Glee 2021 for the first time. READYBLAZE is a new firewood brand that combines superior performance with environmentally friendly features...
Winter fuel experts Dizmezs Ltd are showcasing READYBLAZE at Glee 2021 for the first time. READYBLAZE is a new firewood brand that combines superior performance with environmentally friendly features.
READYBLAZE is manufactured at the Dizmezs manufacturing hub in Latvia which has state-of-the-art facilities. The range consists of kiln dried hardwood split logs, ideal for use on stoves, open fires and chimineas. In addition to Birch logs READYBLAZE also offer more premium options such as Ash, which burn hotter and longer than Birch logs.
Food Grade Logs and Kindling are also available for wood fired cooking; specially prepared to reduce unwanted flavours being added to food. Also available in the range are Superheat Birch RUF Heat Logs and accessories for the fire such as Wood Wool Firestarter’s and standard Kindling.
The range packaging is well thought out with consumer packaging made from either recyclable plastic bags or recyclable cardboard boxes.
READYBLAZE is committed to sustainable sourcing of raw materials. For every 1 tree cut down from a sustainable forest, 8 additional trees are planted in its place.
READYBLAZE is also a member of the Woodsure ‘Ready to Burn’ initiative to reduce harmful air pollution. All timber is kiln dried to less than 20% moisture levels ensuring cleaner emissions and a higher burning temperature.
With 25 years’ experience of manufacturing and distributing winter fuels behind it, READYBLAZE presents an ideal brand partner for garden retailers with a concise product range and a clear sustainability pledge.
Visit the Dizmezs at Glee stand 20H01 to see the READYBLAZE offer.
Alternatively you can browse the range at www.readyblaze.co.uk.
Algon: simple to apply and gives great results
The organic way to clean paths, patios, decking, garden furniture and more. Safe for pets, wildlife, children and non-toxic. Algon has been a bestselling product for many years across garden centres, it is simple to apply and gives great results.
The organic way to clean paths, patios, decking, garden furniture and more. Safe for pets, wildlife, children and non-toxic.
Algon has been a bestselling product for many years across garden centres, it is simple to apply and gives great results. We have some great offers at Glee 2021 so come and see us in Hall 8 (Stand 8D74).
Keep the exteriors areas clean and presentable for a number of months with a simple application of Algon Organic Path, Patio & Decking cleaner. Use Algon on driveways and brighten up the exterior of homes and gardens.
Algon can be used on fence panels, brickwork, patio flags, conservatories, roofs, artificial grass and a wide range of materials. It is versatile and safe to use where animals are without waiting for it to dry into the surface due to the non-toxic ingredients and formula.
Using the organic cleaner to prevent surfaces from becoming slippery when wet and maintain them from attracting general build up on stone, brick, wood and much more.
- Easy to apply
- Safe for pets/wildlife/animals
- Can be used around fish ponds
- No need to rinse off
- Treatment can last up to a year
- All year round use
- Shelf life of decades
- 2.5 litre Algon Concentrate covers 60 square metres (RRP of £8.99)
- 20 litre Algon Concentrate covers 480 square metres. (RRP of £54.99)
Visit us at Glee 2021 Stand 8D74.
Great retailer margins, simple and effective.
Tel: 01772 823370
EKJU approaching 30 and still growing strong
Timber garden manufacturer EKJU have come a long way since their humble beginnings in 1992. In the last 30 years the company have managed to grow a great reputation for quality and introduce hundreds of functional products that consumers love to use in their gardens...
Timber garden manufacturer EKJU have come a long way since their humble beginnings in 1992. In the last 30 years the company have managed to grow a great reputation for quality and introduce hundreds of functional products that consumers love to use in their gardens.
30 years and still growing
Egons, Klauss, Juris & Uldis were the founders of EKJU, who had a vision to create Garden Furniture that is crafted with the care and attention needed to ensure the product lasts as long as it takes to regrow a new tree.
EKJU are now one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers and exporters of timber Garden Furniture. EKJU have a genuine care for the environment achieving carbon neutral status, using durable FSC timber from local forests and operating zero timber waste during manufacturing.
Spreading their roots
EKJU hero products include Picnic Tables, Garden Benches and Table Sets. Their comprehensive range of Garden Furniture provides multiple outdoor living solutions.
EKJU also produce many shapes and sizes of Raised Beds and Garden Planters, which cater for differing garden sizes. This range is constructed using the best quality FSC timber treated against wood rot and decay. Many items can also be treated in Dark Brown, Natural Green and Grey, providing neutral colours that suit many garden styles. As well as growing the product range, EKJU have spread their roots, with 98% of EKJU’s product volume being exported across Europe.
Branching out to the UK
One market that EKJU have experienced recent success in is the UK gardening market. In 2020 EKJU UK Ltd was formed, which bolstered the logistical network from Latvia to the UK. A dedicated distribution hub in a well-positioned central UK location now means there is a constant presence of stock in the UK and faster delivery lead times. Supporting the EKJU brand further there is dedicated UK resource and a UK based sales team to support regional and independent accounts.
Retailers who are looking for sustainable range of Grow Your Own and Garden Furniture can find EKJU on STAND 6H20-J21.
Visit www.ekju.com if you wish to browse the range.
One of the biggest trends for this season is taking the indoor look outside and that comes in the form of wall art, wall mirrors and wall silhouettes from Primus for 2021/2.
With 24 new additions to this range, the mirrors feature everything from the beautiful butterfly to the iconic bee and from lovable stags to fairies - all set in a choice of black metal, bronze effect metal or rusted metal for a stunning addition to any garden. What’s more, having a feature mirror in the garden can also give the effect that the garden is bigger than it actually is thanks to the reflection which will be a USP end-user customers will benefit from.
With designs available in rectangle shapes, hearts, circular and arched, the mirror collection from Primus is one not be missed this year! Easy to display in store with eye-catching designs and with the utmost attention to detail you expect from Primus, they will even look fabulous indoors too!
For those not wanting the mirror element, Primus is delighted to launch an alternative too, using the same highest quality artwork, frame and design in a choice of finish and shape to suit gardens of all sizes.
Steve Perry, Head of Marketing for Primus said: “Mirrors and silhouettes really do bring a garden to life and we are thrilled to be able to extend our range in this core offering from Primus. To further add to the appeal, all our round silhouette wall art features 100% plastic free, retail friendly packaging which is part of our commitment to being fully environmentally responsible in the next 12 months.”
Primus, the consumers first choice for garden décor supplier, is renowned for its quality and craftsmanship and the new season collection of wall art and mirrors won’t disappoint.
Find us at stand: 7B34-C35
ARS Pruning reaching new heights
Since the launching of ARS Corporation back in 1876 a lot has changed from their first “Tobacco Hocho” a knife to cut Tobacco...
Since the launching of ARS Corporation back in 1876 a lot has changed from their first “Tobacco Hocho” a knife to cut Tobacco.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Hocho does not make todays catalogue of products, but there are now 120 of the finest cutting tools available worldwide to choose from. All manufactured in Japan using the highest quality steel and all hold the traditional ARS core values from 145 years ago – Quality and innovation leading to satisfaction and deep impression.
Focusing predominantly on perfecting the more common tool such as handsaws, shears secateurs and loppers it took until 1995 for ARS to burst through the ceiling of the pruning market with the first long reach pruner. A device now so commonly used amongst professional gardeners, aspiring gardeners, and the older gardener.
The lightweight aspect and ability to cut stems cleanly and accurately, coupled with the ability to stay grounded as appose to up a 6ft ladder (or higher!) has proved as popular as dreamed.
Today the ARS range, which is founded and handed through 4 generations of the Takigawa family, is available in the UK through Sorbus International Ltd – also a family-owned business who have been working closely with ARS since 2010.
The 2nd generation of Sorbus is now coming through and is adding energy and optimism to where they can take this “sleeping giant” ARS (Always. Razor. Sharp.).
Find us at Glee – Stand: 6G23 – Hall: 6
Sorbus International - Tom Wade
Tel: 01373 475540
Yorkshire Flowerpots to showcase British made terracotta planters
Barnsley based Yorkshire Flowerpots is the UK’s only volume producer of ceramic flowerpots, producing in excess of 200,000 pots per year. It is part of the 4th generation Naylor Group of Companies, a family business which has been making ceramic products since 1890...
Barnsley based Yorkshire Flowerpots is the UK’s only volume producer of ceramic flowerpots, producing in excess of 200,000 pots per year. It is part of the 4th generation Naylor Group of Companies, a family business which has been making ceramic products since 1890.
Yorkshire Flowerpots are pleased to be attending Glee for the 26th year.
Yorkshire Flowerpots will be showcasing their range of British made terracotta planters at Glee 2021.
To find out more about the Yorkshire Flowerpots range visit stand 6H10-J11.
Yorkshire Flowerpots are:
- Made from robust Yorkshire natural red clay
- Fired to temperatures in excess of 1050 degrees centigrade
- Manufactured with a high strength blue core
- Independently freeze/thaw tested to minus 15 degrees centigrade
Also on display will be a range of imported products:
- Naylor Clough Mill – craft glazed clay conservatory pots, cylinders and bowls. The Naylor Clough Mill range of products are available in three colours – Leaf, Mist and Sky.
- Naylor Lime Tree – a wide range of handpainted wallpots, planters and wall plaques. Available in a variety of Mediterranean colours.
- Naylor Patio Pots – Italian terracotta bellpots, troughs and planters.
Tel 01226 794059
Fax 01226 794130
HJ Hall unveils its first Loungewear range
British sock manufacturer, HJ Hall, is thrilled to unveil its first ever loungewear range - a first for the brand. Fusing 135-years of sock making expertise and innovative design, HJ Hall’s all-new Loungewear range lands just in time for relaxing at home during the colder seasons...
British sock manufacturer, HJ Hall, is thrilled to unveil its first ever loungewear range - a first for the brand. Fusing 135-years of sock making expertise and innovative design, HJ Hall’s all-new Loungewear range lands just in time for relaxing at home during the colder seasons.
Available from October 2021, HJ Hall’s loungewear range proves fine socks are an essential relaxation staple. The collection includes four new styles including non-slip feet warmers for chilly days, an indulgent cashmere blend with a turn over trim, a chunky wool and cotton blend knit, and a practical two-pair-pack of fluffy socks.
Keeping feet warm all winter, HJ Hall’s Non-slip Feet Warmers allow for a sophisticated, pulled together look whilst ensuring maximum comfort when relaxing at home. These socks include non-slip pads underfoot, allowing the wearer to effortlessly potter around the house – perfect for slippery wooden flooring.
The Non-slip Feet Warmers are also insulated, with acrylic and nylon composition to keep your toes warm during those cold winter evenings. The style is available in core block shades of maroon, navy, grey, and deep lilac, elevating your loungewear looks with a bold colour accent
The Turn-Over Top Cashmere Blend fuses flexibility and style, with playful pops of colour to brighten winter afternoons indoors. The wearer can turn the trim down for the ankle length style or choose to wear them fully up to model the aesthetic rib knit.
The style, made from insulating cashmere and Merino wool, is a natural fibre designed to indulge the feet with warmth. These socks are available in four sugary sweet colours ranging from Blueberry, Toffee, to Soft Grey and Candy Pink.
All four styles exemplify HJ Hall’s talent for crafting socks with a fashion-focused finish. The Loungewear collection will be available from October 2021, priced as follows:
- Non-slip Feet Warmers - £10.00
- Turn Over Top Cashmere Blend - £14.00
- Chunky Knit Wool and Cotton Blend- £10.00
- Fluffy Two Pair Pack - £8.50
Gro Expert, exhibiting at Glee for the first time in 2021, aims to enhance innovation to the way the retail industry currently creates and sells plant nutrient products...
Gro Expert’s drive is to bring professional strength plant feeds to the home and garden market using the Gro Expert products developed for and used by professional growers in numerous counties across the world.
Gro Expert comes with an excellent pedigree as the latest division of the Engage Agro Group, renowned for excellence in professional plant nutrient products and innovation in regenerative plant nutrition and plant health support products.
After a successful launch in 2020, which saw the division generate an online presence and superb response from RHS shows in 2021, Gro Expert launch three new product ranges at Glee 2021, as an introduction to the industry and prospective partners.
A new ‘All in One’ concept delivers multiple product packages specifically created for plant types such as Vegetable, Tomato, Berry, Flower and Lawn and are designed to support the nutritional and health requirements of plants.
A new range of ‘Professional’ strength feeds is showcased and directly taps into the professional feeds their parent company sells and Gro Expert’s unique ‘Speciality’ range of feed highlight some of the new innovative exciting new technologies they will bring to the home and allotment gardeners.
In line with consumer demand for improved product quality alongside sustainability, Gro Expert products include seaweed, organic elements, recyclable/reusable packaging, water saving technology and reduced pest pressure ingredients.
Starring TV role for Protek products
Over the past year Protek have been busy supplying all the key TV garden makeover shows with their fabulous wood stains and paints.
Over the past year Protek have been busy supplying all the key TV garden makeover shows with their fabulous wood stains and paints.
With over 100 colours to choose from, it is no wonder they have become the destination for TV shows.
Of course, the fact that they manufacture from their Somerset base, has meant that they have managed to supply wood stain to customers, timber businesses, Influencers and TV shows throughout the pandemic, which has been no mean covid feat!
This Autumn Protek will be on your TV screens, look out for: ‘A Year in Prue’s Garden’ after 46 years in the same house Prue Leith moved into a new build and a blank canvas of a garden. With clever zoning and bucket loads of colour the garden has been transformed. It is a delight to be seen.
All her garden furniture is painted in Protek Wood Stain. The show will go out on C4 at the end of September.
Protek have been a key supplier for over 10 years to the ‘Love Your Garden’ TV show. The garden transformations use colour to create something special for the recipient and inspiring for the viewers. The new series starts on ITV Mid Sept.
Finally ‘ Garden Rescue’ with Charlie Dimmock and award-winning garden designers the Rich brothers are on hand to make the most out of some of the most challenging gardens across the country. Colour is used to marry the design with any planting patterns. Latest series is on our screens now.
Visit them on STAND F36-G37 to find out more about stocking Protek Wood Stain.
Call: 01749 344697
Experience counts for EPoS specialists
As EPoS specialists for garden centres and nurseries, Davidson Richards have over 44 years’ experience and can help you manage your entire retail operation from a single cloud-based solution – reducing costs, saving time, and increasing your profit....
As EPoS specialists for garden centres and nurseries, Davidson Richards have over 44 years’ experience and can help you manage your entire retail operation from a single cloud-based solution – reducing costs, saving time, and increasing your profit.
Whether you’re new to EPoS or underwhelmed by your existing solution, they help those with single sites, multiple stores, or large destination centres. OpSuite, their cloud-based solution helps you deliver a connected experience to your customers through the EPoS in-store, stock management, order fulfilment, mobile, webshop integration and range of customer-facing apps.
Their innovative OpSuite Loyalty Scan & Go App powered by Garden Connect allows shoppers to create a digital shopping cart, scanning items on their phone whilst walking around the garden centre. Once ready, they simply pay via their phone or at a till - avoiding queues, minimising contact, and ensuring an enhanced retail experience. Davidson Richards are first to introduce Scan & Go to UK garden centres. In addition, their advanced Order Fulfilment feature will streamline the entire process from the customer placing the order, delivery status updates throughout including driver visibility and proof-of-delivery photo.
You’re in safe hands too as they already help over 80 garden centre organisations including Barton Grange, Bents, Creative Gardens, Frosts, Garsons, Groves, Longacres, Orchard and Scotsdales to name just a few. Their team includes ex-garden centre retailers who bring a wealth of real-life experience; ensuring you gain the maximum benefit from your solution now and for the long term.
They look forward to seeing you at Glee!
Find them in Hall 20, Stand H50-J51 or call 01332 383231.
Glee introduces COVID-19 Status Checks
Following the government’s recent update regarding the safe reopening of events and working in consultancy with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the NEC, it has been confirmed that this year’s Glee exhibition (14th-16th September) will ask all attendees to verify their COVID-19 status on arrival...
Following the government’s recent update regarding the safe reopening of events and working in consultancy with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the NEC, it has been confirmed that this year’s Glee exhibition (14th-16th September) will ask all attendees to verify their COVID-19 status on arrival.
Visitors and exhibitors at Glee 2021 will be asked to provide proof of completion of a full course of vaccination two-weeks prior to arrival; or proof of negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of arrival*; or proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period.
These updated safety measures have been put in place to ensure that everyone participating in Glee 2021 feels both safe and secure onsite and are part of a list of measures that together form Glee’s “Safe and Secure Guidance”.
Created by Glee’s Operations Director, Ian Solomon – who has been instrumental in working with the event industry’s associations alongside the government to create a safe and secure route to reopening events – Glee’s Safe and Secure Guidelines will take into account all elements of the show including pre-, during and post show, and will ensure that all those onsite can rest assured that all possible measures have been put in place to reduce the chance of transmission.
Wider measures onsite will include access to hand sanitiser and increased cleaning regimes particularly in high traffic touchpoints, plus 3m wide aisles to allow for more comfortable movement around the event, and contactless registration of visitors at entry points.
Additionally, building on the experience gained when constructing and operating the NHS Nightingale Birmingham facility, the NEC has upgraded all the filter media within the ventilation systems to high efficiency F7 media, which was the standard specified by University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Trust.
Glee will also be a mask friendly event. Whilst not currently government legislation to wear masks, Glee will be encouraging all exhibitors, contractors, and visitors to consider wearing masks, especially when in enclosed or crowded spaces.
Exhibitors have also been given a wealth of advice regarding how to ensure exhibition stands remain compliant, including guidance on stand layout, data capture, staffing and displaying product effectively.
All of this, plus advice on how to plan your visit to Glee and details on how NEC facilities will be working within government guidelines can be found at https://www.gleebirmingham.com/the-community/safe-secure - with regular updates added as the show approaches.
Glee Event Director, Matthew Mein said: “The safety of our visitors and exhibitors is of paramount importance and we believe that by implementing COVID-19 Status checks – despite not currently being mandated by the government – we are operating in the best way to reduce the risk of transmission within the event itself. The return of Glee as an in-person event is a key milestone for us as an industry and we want to reassure our audience that we are doing everything we can to establish a safe and secure space for all involved.”
Adding to this, Ian Solomon, Operations Director said: “We appreciate that the situation is constantly evolving, which is why we are in continuous contact with our peers, supporting trade bodies, and the NEC to ensure that our ‘Safe and Secure’ guidelines go above and beyond. Verifying COVID-19 status before entry is a pragmatic solution that is backed by the events industry as it enables exhibitions to resume but, more importantly, gives further confidence to customers that events are backed by protocols to ensure the safety and protection of all involved.”
Find out more
To keep up to date on the latest Glee news visit www.gleebirmingham.com. To enquire about exhibiting at Glee 2020 call +44 (0)203 3545 9752.
* If your proof is a negative lateral flow test and you are onsite for multiple days this will need to be retaken and reported again every 72hrs.
Glee 2021: COVID-19 measures FAQ
As the Glee team gets ready to welcome you back to the leading garden retail exhibition (14th-16th September, NEC Birmingham), they answer some of your burning questions regarding the COVID-19 measures that have been put in place...
As the Glee team gets ready to welcome you back to the leading garden retail exhibition (14th-16th September, NEC Birmingham), they answer some of your burning questions regarding the COVID-19 measures that have been put in place to ensure the event can take place safely and securely; measures that the team are confident will offer peace of mind for all those that attend.
What COVID-19 related conditions of entry are there for Glee 2021?
All attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 status on arrival at the venue, this will need to be one of the following:
- Proof of completion of a full course of vaccination at least two weeks prior to arrival
- Proof of negative Lateral Flow Test taken within 48hrs prior to arrival
- Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days from the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period
What is meant by a ‘full vaccine course’?
The UK government website defines a full course vaccination as:
“Two weeks after completing a full course of vaccination, whether that requires two doses or one dose (that is, two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine) (according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency authorised schedule).”
Will my vaccine card be enough for entry?
No. Vaccine cards will not be accepted. Instead we ask that you use the NHS COVID Pass which lets you share your COVID-19 vaccination records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.
How do I access the NHS Covid Pass?
Your NHS COVID Pass can be accessed via the NHS App (NB: this is NOT the NHS Track & Trace App).
You can access your NHS COVID Pass through the free NHS App on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 status will be shown within the NHS App.
Alternatively, you can access the NHS COVID Pass through the NHS website, where you can download or print a PDF document.
If you do not have access to a smart phone, computer or tablet, it is possible to request a NHS COVID Pass letter by calling 119 (select the ‘NHS COVID Pass service’).
If I am attending the show for the duration, will I have to keep showing proof of my COVID-19 status?
Double vaccinated people will not need to take any further action but do retain proof of vaccination for the duration of the show as checks will continue. Lateral Flow Tests will need to be repeated after 48hrs with negative results recorded in the normal way.
How do I register the results of my negative lateral flow test?
To make sure you have proof of your negative lateral flow test you must report your result to the NHS. You can do this via using one of the below options – you will need the QR Code, or the ID number from the test strip to report your result.
To report online visit: www.gov.uk/report-COVID19-result
Or telephone: Freephone 199 (England, Wales & Northern Ireland) / 0300 303 2713 (Scotland)
You can show proof of a Negative lateral flow test via the NHS COVID-19 Pass, an email or text message.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Glee will be a mask friendly event. Although it is no longer mandatory to wear masks, it is encouraged for all attendees especially when in enclosed or crowded spaces.
I am travelling from outside of England to attend Glee. What do I need to do to enter the show?
Advice for entering the UK can be found at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control. These guidelines must be followed in order to enter the country. For entering Glee, proof of vaccination status and test results demonstrated via the EU Digital COVID Certificate will be accepted.
Those travelling from Scotland, Wales and Ireland will be subject to different rules of entry which can be found via their own governing bodies (please see links), including Northern Ireland where you must supply paper proof of vaccination from your GP, or alternatively show a negative lateral flow test result.
Will my airport antigen test result be an acceptable form of entry?
Yes, providing it has been undertaken within 48hrs prior to entry to Glee. Do note, such tests only provide details of COVID-19 status for 48hrs and therefore will need repeating before expiration.
Will there be social distancing in place at Glee?
Whilst the legal limits on social distancing have now been lifted, Glee will benefit from wider three-metre aisles, which are designed to provide additional space and minimise contact with others.
Will hand sanitiser be available?
Hand sanitising stations have been installed throughout the NEC at high touch points. Exhibitors and visitors are also advised to carry additional sanitiser with them. Hand washing facilities will remain available throughout the venue’s toilet facilities.
Is there anywhere on-site to buy Lateral Flow Tests?
Lateral flow tests are available for free from the NHS website or via your local pharmacy. Attendees of Glee 2021 are advised to order their tests ahead of arriving at the show.
Why do I need to show proof of my COVID-19 status?
Current information and guidance including that following the Events Research Program, suggest that verifying attendees COVID-19 Status is an effective way of reducing the risk of transmission among large groups; a risk that provides important peace of mind for all attendees.
What do I do if I am “pinged” by the NHS Track & Trace app whilst at Glee?
If you are contacted by Track & Trace whilst at Glee you will need to follow the current government advice. This can be found here.
Do I need to take a PCR or NHS lateral flow test post attending the event and report this?
Find out more & register today
To keep up to date on the latest Glee news or to register for free entry to the exhibition please visit www.gleebirmingham.com.
Floral Thursday is back!
Time to dig out your boldest floral shirt, dainty flowery dress and everything in-between as Floral Thursday is back and ready to raise funds for the Greenfingers charity...
Time to dig out your boldest floral shirt, dainty flowery dress and everything in-between as Floral Thursday is back and ready to raise funds for the Greenfingers charity.
Taking place on Thursday 14th September – the final day of Glee 2021 – Floral Thursday is a special FUNdraising activity where it is hoped that the thousands of visitors and exhibitors at Glee 2021 will come together to show their flower power in aid of Greenfingers’ ongoing fundraising activities. Anyone that has reached for the floral clothing – from ties to socks to shirts and suits – is invited to purchase a raffle ticket which will enter them into a prize draw to win fabulous prizes whilst, more importantly, helping to top up the fundraising total of the children’s hospice garden charity.
In 2019, when the first Floral Thursday took place at Glee, over £1,420 was raised for Greenfingers, with the array of floral looks bringing smiles to the faces of everyone who took part. This year, Greenfingers is hoping that even more people will dress to impress, and perhaps even set a new world record for the most people in floral attire at one time!
Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising & Communications said: “We’re so grateful to Glee for allowing us to run Floral Thursday on the final day of the show. We hope that the garden retail industry will get together and embrace the Floral Thursday concept. From a flash of floral to outrageous outfits, Floral Thursday represents an incredibly easy way to show your support for our work, and we are forever grateful to every single person that next week – if 2019 is anything to go on I know we won’t be disappointed!”
Every year the Greenfingers charity builds much-needed gardens at children’s hospices across the country. From sensory gardens to memorial spaces, these gardens are a vital part of life for those children that call the hospice ‘home’, as well as providing a quiet place of reflection for families and staff alike.
The charity is currently in the process of starting the build on its 63rd garden at Ty Hafan in South Wales, with work continuing at Haven House in Essex. Forthcoming gardens will include The Nook in Norfolk, Derian House in Chorley, Demelza, Sittingbourne and Jigsaw in Carlisle
Find out more
To find out more about Greenfingers Charity, and how to get involved in a range of fundraising events please email Linda@greenfingerscharity.org.uk.
You can also join in the conversation by joining Greenfingers on social media - https://www.facebook.com/Greenfingerscharity/, @GreenfingersCha on Twitter, and @Greenfingerscharity on Instagram and LinkedIn.
New date announced for next year’s Glee
The Glee team has confirmed that the 2022 event will move to a new date in order to meet the ever-developing needs of the garden retail sector. As a result, Glee 2022 will take place 28th-30th June...
The Glee team has confirmed that the 2022 event will move to a new date in order to meet the ever-developing needs of the garden retail sector. As a result, Glee 2022 will take place 28th-30th June.
Over several months, the Glee team undertook an in-depth consultation with key stakeholders, representing suppliers, retailers and trade associations. The outcome of these discussions was that a shift to a different time of year would better reflect, and support, the ongoing development of the garden retail supply chain and associated buying cycles.
This decision received unanimous support, and it has been confirmed that the annual Glee exhibition will take place in June, effective from 2022. The first show hosted under the new date line to take place on the 28th-30th, 2022.
- Optimise profit potential of seasonal plants now - with seasonal plants being more topical than ever, the Green Heart represents an opportunity to buy high impact lines for immediate delivery and sale.
- Get inspired: see, smell & touch – the Green Heart has a wealth of content to inspire plant buyers and retailers alike. From new varieties to exciting merchandising ideas, this thriving part of Glee is a must for garden retailers who want to step up their game when it comes to plant retailing.
- Network, learn & build relationships - learn about the latest trends in plant sales and access the newest varieties and new-for-2021/22 additions whilst networking with industry colleagues in one convenient location.
- View complementary products – whilst at Glee don’t forget to visit the wider show, using the time to catch up with compost, fertiliser and chemical suppliers to ensure you are up to date with the ever-changing ranges and supporting legislation surrounding these core product categories. This year Glee will be home to 300+ brands, including 100 never before seen at the show, making for the strongest display of products under one roof within the last 18 months.
- Linked sales and cross merchandising inspiration – Exhibitors within the Green Heart will demonstrate how to link sales and create successful cross merchandising opportunities that can be quickly and easily implemented instore.
- Find new sources of supply – with an estimated three million new gardeners (HTA Retail Monitor Report, 2020) finding joy from greening their homes and gardens during the last 18 months, now is the perfect time to find new supply partners; partners that can provide access to exciting new varieties that will set your plant offering apart from your competitors and encourage customers back time and time again.
- Generate sales this autumn from instant impact, show only deals - benefit from buying ‘show only’ deals, gaining extra margin and impulse sales potential for your store this autumn and beyond.
- Brainstorm – use your time to share your ideas with growers, helping both parties to sell more plants to boost overall sales and profits.
- Look ahead to 2022 and beyond - meet with both UK and international growers to find out more about their plans for the 2022/23 season.
- 20+ plant suppliers showcasing indoor & outdoor plants – this year over 20 plant suppliers, growers and breeders will be showcasing their 2021/22 ranges and recent introductions within the Green Heart, including Key Essentials, Craigmarloch Nurseries Ltd, Porters/Happy Plants, The Bransford Webb Plant Company, Lovania Nurseries Ltd, New Leaf Plants, MNP Flowers, Pacific Nurseries and John Richards Nurseries.
The team from GTN are proud once again to be the official media partners for Glee producing the Glee Planner, the Glee Show Catalogue and the Glee Daily News...
The countdown is on to Glee making its in-person return post-lockdown as exhibitors and visitors alike, eagerly await the chance to network, share ideas and celebrate new launches.
The 2021 show will bring together hundreds of brands and thousands of exciting products under one roof, providing retail buyers with the first opportunity they’ve had in 18 months to ‘shop’ new ranges but also the chance to glean insight about top trends and consumer behaviour, helping to shape their offer and capitalise on opportunities in the market.
Here, Glee exhibitors detail their bestsellers during a year that has seen unprecedented demand for garden products, whilst sharing market knowledge to give visitors an overview of what they can expect to see showcased in the halls at Glee this September.
Growing interest in gardening
With so many people spending more time at home as a result of lockdown, furlough and remote working, Primus has observed an increase in sales of many of its products over the past 12 months, with a huge uptake in demand for garden wall art – and butterflies – in particular. Steve Perry, Head of Marketing for Primus, says: “Everything was so unsure in March, when Coronavirus hit our shores but, fortunately, we have a strong supply chain, and we were able to have most stock in our warehouse. However, with everyone at home and spending so much time in the garden, butterflies were the first thing to sell out, even though we had already doubled up our stock!” Off the back of this, the 2021 range increased massively, with mirrors and silhouette art added, along with geckos. Steve continues: “The 2022 season will see more expansion in this hugely-popular area, and we can’t wait to show everyone the new products at Glee.”
Fiskars has also noted how interest in DIY and gardening has grown, as consumers adapted to changes to their lifestyle. Many homeowners found themselves with more time and money to invest in their property, whilst gardening was lauded as a therapeutic source of relaxation and comfort during the pandemic.
As a result, there has been an increase in the number of consumers purchasing lawn repair and garden tools, with sales of the Fiskars Xact™ Weed Puller surging during 2020, as more homeowners devoted their time to looking after their lawn properly.
The state-of-the-art Xact™ Weed Puller features a robust design and is crafted using advanced manufacturing techniques and materials. Developed with the consumer in mind, it has been specifically created for optimal durability, function, and comfort. The tool is innovative and eco-friendly and allows users to remove weeds without the use of chemicals.
Consumers have turned their attention to maintaining and revamping their garden; a space they have spent significantly more time in over the past 18 months. This trend lead to a surge in customer demand from both avid gardeners and also those getting to grips with their garden for the first time.
For first-time gardeners, products that are straightforward and easy to use, such as the Hozelock Auto Reel, became must-have items. The wall mounted hose system allows a 180-degree reach for all areas of the garden, without the need to untangle any kinks. Plus, its patented automatic rewind system means that putting the hose away is simple and quick – perfect for those who don’t want to spend time manually winding in a hose. The product experienced a 35% increase in sales in 2020 due to the surge in new demand.
Bathgate has also seen a boost from the growing number of Brits taking up gardening, with sales of all of its horticultural products rocketing over the past year. The company’s Multi-Purpose Compost (50 litre and 70 litre) and Enriched Topsoil have proved particularly popular with keen gardeners. Both are premium quality and highly versatile. The Multi-purpose Compost is ideal for seed sowing, cuttings, bedding plants, plug and pot plants, and can be used in trays, pots, tubs, baskets and containers. Natural and additive free, Bathgate’s Enriched Topsoil can significantly enhance soil and be used in beds and borders, as well as on lawns.
Making a difference
For those consumers growing their own for the very first time, the challenge of preventing pests attacking their carefully tended edible crops could prove frustrating. This, naturally, resulted in a rise in pest control products. However, the new breed of gardener that has emerged over the past 18 months has a strong focus on sustainability and leans towards the use of chemical-free, eco-friendly products in their outdoor spaces, which gave a welcome boost to firms like Gardening Naturally. “Our insect netting is still one of our top-selling products, protecting fruit and vegetables from most insect pests, including the cabbage white butterfly, pea moth, cutworm, leek moth and many further species of aphids. You can feed and water through the netting too which makes life easy.
“Customers are enthused by our insect netting as it is extremely easy to simply lay over crops, hoops and cages. The netting simply ‘grows’ with the crop as it is incredibly lightweight and easy to use. Any crop can be covered with this insect netting. Use this netting all year round, not only does it protect against insects it also gives protection against heavy rain, wind and mild frosts which is ideal for our ever-changing British climate.”
The push to reduce our impact on the planet and garden more responsibly continues to gain momentum. Sipcam Home & Garden used Glee 2020 to launch its ecofective concentrated ‘Refills’ range to help reduce plastic waste. The purpose of the 200ml Refill range is to encourage users to re-use their empty, original, RTU ecofective bottle by adding the concentrated refill and topping up with water. This saves the need of throwing away the larger, RTU bottle and instead the 200ml recyclable bottle can be recycled, creating less impact to the recycling process and, ultimately, less waste for the planet. “This is a new concept within the gardening world, but we’re seeing consumers really engaging with the range,” says the company. “We believe consumers are making more informed decisions when it comes to products and the packaging that’s being used, with POS data reporting a one (refill) in seven (RTU) ratio trend across a number of the refills, meaning for every seven RTU’s purchased, one refill is purchased. We had originally expected a one in 10 ratio, so this range is exceeding our expectations.”
A new organic feed range from Vitax has also proved a hit with gardeners for the 2021 season, as they look to boost their gardens with natural feeds. Vitax Organic All Purpose Plant Food and Vitax Organic Tomato Food have become two of Vitax’s bestsellers this season, along with popular gardening brands Vitax Q4, Slug Gone and 6X.
Both feeds use 100% natural, plant-based ingredients, are child-, pet- and bee-friendly and ideal for vegan gardening. Organic All Purpose Plant Food is rich in organic nutrients and completely versatile; a perfect choice for gardeners looking for a good all-round feed which help produce stunning flowers and fabulous crops of vegetables.
Meanwhile, Organic Tomato Food is a super concentrated, high potash fertiliser that benefits from iron and naturally present trace elements. It also contains magnesium - essential for tomato plant energy to produce an abundance of juicy tomatoes. Both new feeds are packaged in a recyclable bottle which carries the Organic Farmers & Growers approved mark.
A boon for outdoor living
It’s not just garden maintenance that saw a boost during the pandemic. Brits wanted to enjoy their outdoor spaces and maximise the time they could spend enjoying the garden (even on chilly evenings) – particularly, as Government guidelines meant that any chance to see friends and family usually revolved around being outdoors.
Demand for Mercer Leisure’s stylish Amalfi Square Fire Pit Garden furniture has skyrocketed over the past 12 months. This set is designed with luxury all-weather rattan, handmade from a high-quality natural, weave with varied textures and tones. It comes with an easy-to-use integrated fire pit that provides heat and a real centre piece in any garden. The cushions are also showerproof and machine washable. The Amalfi set comes with a five-year UV guarantee and offers quality, comfort and a durable addition to the garden.
Mercer Leisure says: “We believe the Amalfi set has performed so well this year because it provides quality at competitive pricing. The impact of COVID leading to the consumer trend for better outdoor living spaces has also benefitted our sales.”
The aesthetics of gardening are just as important as what gardeners are growing, as consumers enjoy putting their stamp on their outdoor spaces, especially with a carefully curated selection of pots and planters. B GREEN has seen customers fall in love with the look of naturally-patinated pots. Building on this success, the company recently introduced a glazed line and reports that one of the best-selling items in this already-popular range is the F. Available in a variety of colours, the glazed green/blue mix has sold particularly well in the UK. The pots are handmade by a little Vietnamese pottery and burnt in small ovens, meaning that the colors and patination are unique in every batch, allowing consumers to have something unique in their garden. “When so many pots on sale in the UK have a very uniform appearance, the fact that the glazed lace-pot has variations really appeals to customers,” says a representative for B GREEN. The pots can be used indoors, as well as outside in a greenhouse or garden environment, the soft colour combination of the LACEPOT makes it a versatile piece that can easily be mixed and matched with different pots or pieces from the B GREEN range.
“Longevity, confidence, trust, beauty, enviro-consciousness, and community: These are some of the positive attributes consumers are seeking in a post-Covid world,” says Henri Studio/Stonecasters “We deliver on all fronts. Our original outdoor fountain designs have stood the test of time, enhancing gardens around the world with visual and audible appeal. As families have ‘come back home’ and invested time and effort in beautifying their surroundings, a Henri Studio fountain or garden ornament has become the crowning touch in many landscape masterpieces. Our products are naturally made of limestone, sand, cement and water; a combination that will provide decades of enjoyment for the garden enthusiast.”
Opportunities in pet products
Another huge change in consumer behaviour was the sharp rise in pet ownership, as lonely consumers or those finding themselves at home more, welcomed four-legged additions to their family. The Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association (PFMA) reported a “staggering rise in pet acquisition” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with dogs the most favoured pet, closely followed by cats.
The explosion of dog ownership during the pandemic has resulted in huge demand for toys and, as a result, the West Paw range of durable products reported a phenomenal increase in turnover of more than 250% in the UK over the past 12 months, with demand still strong. The most popular are the enrichment toys to help occupy and reward good behaviour, especially as playing with a mentally stimulating toy requires more energy than an hour’s walk in the park. The Zogoflex Toppl, Qwizl and Rumbl are the best-selling products in the range and, being made in the USA by a B-corp company, this brand ticks all the right boxes for consumers. Available in the UK from Collarways.
Goodchaps also recorded a significant rise in demand for its already-best-selling Pup’s 1st Fetch & Tug, an eco-friendly toy duo for puppies and smaller dogs. To capitalise on the trend, the company decided to launch a gift box aimed at these same consumers. Pup’s 1st Gift Box contains a set of handmade cotton rope toys, 150g of Goodchaps’ popular healthy training treats and a pocket-sized tin to keep them in.
As a leading showcase of pet product suppliers, trendsetters and emerging brands, PAW at Glee 2021 is set to be a thriving platform for any retailers wanting to optimise the ‘pet pound’.
Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our pets, PAW will provide a true destination for pet buyers who want to source the very best pet and animal products; products that are designed in response to the latest trends and consumer demands. The sector is also supported by leading pet trade associations PetQuip and the Pet Industry Federation, together providing access to a raft of information and business support for those navigating the pet sector.
Talking about the association’s support of PAW, Alexandra Baker, Chief Operating Officer at the Pet Industry Federation said: “The Pet Industry Federation is delighted to have partnered with PAW at Glee this year. As the first face-to-face trade show for the pet industry since restrictions have eased, PAW will provide a welcome platform for pet retailers and other pet businesses to browse new products and speak to suppliers from a wide range of exhibiting companies. Whether you want to find new products, pick up new tips or just get a feel for what’s happening in our industry at the moment, it promises to be an exciting event and our team are looking forward to connecting with pet businesses there.”
PetQuip’s Director General, Amanda Sizer Barrett, added: “The PetQuip team is looking forward to meeting buyers at the first face-to-face event for the sector this year. PAW and Glee are showcasing a wide variety of products and we are looking forward to seeing members and prospective members on the PetQuip stand 6C01. There pet products companies can find a wealth of information about exporting internationally, advice on emerging markets, details of our forthcoming meet the buyer events. We are also looking forward to meeting pet product buyers from the UK and internationally on the International Buyers’ Centre and in the Club (20J-50), where accredited buyers can take advantage of a range of facilities and register their pet product and garden sales leads with the PetQuip and Gardenex team.”
There is no doubt that the role of pets has changed dramatically in the last decade. Our furry and feathered friends (and everything in between) are no longer regarded as just pets, instead they are being viewed as one of the family. Even in turbulent economic times, pet owners are putting their pets’ wellbeing before their own – and that’s music to the ears of pet retailers everywhere. However, the events of the last 18 months have further cemented the importance of some themes which were just started to take shape in early 2019, with many of the brands at PAW 2021 offering products that fit these vital trends.
Pet brands both new and established are quickly developing an offering that taps into the demands of pet parents and pets alike. Whether it’s providing options to suit organic or vegan diets, finding the balance between nature and science, developing age-specific ranges and ranges that focus on the mental wellbeing of pets, or committing to reducing their ecological paw print, the pet care sector is so much more than just ‘food’ and ‘toys’.
Additionally, in stark contrast to declining High Street spending, the pet care market is buoyant as consumers spend more disposable income on luxury pet accessories and treats. No matter political or economic pressures, our pets will still need feeding, grooming and caring for, underpinning the strength of the sector and helping to explain why the pet care market in the UK is now worth an estimated £6.2billion ((Statista report, June 2021).
This ongoing expansion of the pet sector is a key reason why PAW, part of the Glee exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC on 14th - 16th September, is a vital area of the show. This year’s PAW will be a hotbed of seven sub-categories – grooming, pet food, pet accessories, wild animal wellbeing,
bird feeders, pet toys and wildlife gardening – and promises to guide buyers across all sectors to more innovative products than ever before thanks to the plethora of new and emerging brands that have confirmed their attendance at the show.
Look out for brands such as Edgard Cooper who will be making its debut at Glee in 2021, bringing with it a new range of naturally tasty pet foods, which includes its first-ever plant-based offering. Backed by sustainable packaging, Edgard Cooper will also be using Glee to tell the market more about its Zero Pawprint Plan – a special strategy to make a positive impact upon the planet by 2025.
Why not also make a beeline for Hownd. Established in 2015, Hownd has evolved into a multi-award-winning ethical lifestyle brand for dogs offering 100% plant-based health, wellness and hygiene products under one roof.
Echoing this trend for healthy and natural foods will be Kelso and Titch, whose treats are handmade using only natural human-grade ingredients, with no salt, sugar, artificial colours or flavours added.
At Vetark the company mission is to change the landscape of exotic and companion animal nutrition with its unique range of nutritional supplements and treatments. Founded in 1988 Vetark has established itself as market leaders in animal nutrition and are used and recommended by vets, universities, zoos, scientists and pet owners, offering peace of mind for retailers looking to stock the Vetark ranges.
Pet grooming innovation will be presented by Sniffe & Likkit, a brand-new pet-centric range of luxury naturally scented grooming products, fun gifts and tasty treats. Quintessentially British, the boutique collection has been specially created with a 100% natural calming aromatherapy oil scent made of a blend of cedarwood, vetivet, petitgrain, ho leaf and juniper berry essential oils, along with a natural plant-based deodorant to help waft away woofy whiffs!
Joining the grooming line-up will also be Furrish, who has developed as an at-home grooming brand with everything needed for a pleasurable home grooming experience, using trusted and gentle products for every stage of a dog’s life, and Bugalugs. Based in the Lake District, Bugalugs, offers vegan, pH balanced, shampoos, nose and paw balm, colognes, deodorising sprays, detangling and sprays, all suitable for puppies aged eight weeks and above.
Elsewhere, Scoff Paper will be launching the world’s first greetings cards made entirely for dogs to eat, whilst Collarways - an independent distributor – will be showcasing its range of high-quality accessories for dogs and cats.
Goodchaps – a passionate team of dog lovers who have created healthy, high-quality treats and toys – will also be using PAW at Glee to make more noise around its environmentally friendly practices, including sustainably sourced ingredients, 100% unbleached cotton in its toys, and its packaging which is 100% plastic-free and biodegradable, compostable or recyclable.
Another pet accessory brand retailers won’t want to miss will be Mimi's Daughter. Specialising in 100% eco-friendly pet products meticulously handcrafted with love and care by expert artisans in Nepal.
Pet tech will be on display from Weenect, leaders in the field of GPS tracking for pets, whilst Aqueos will display its collection of alcohol and bleach-free pet disinfectants, shampoo and first aid products, and PawPride will be showcasing mass appeal pet products such as cooling mats, pet travel essentials and grooming musts.
In addition to this profile of exciting brands, pet products will also be celebrated within the annual Glee New Product Awards. Shortlisted-entries will be presenting their products to the judges at 10:30am on Wednesday 15th September, with the 2021 judging panel having the tough of choosing a winner for each of the pet-related categories including Garden Wild Bird and Wildlife Products (Wild bird feeds, feeders, wildlife products etc), Pet Clothing Product, Pet Toys and Entertainment, Pet Accessories (Collars, Leads, Muzzles, Harnesses), Pet Health, Grooming and Cleaning, Pet Bedding and Travel (housing, carriers, cages, baskets), Pet Food and Treats and Pet Technology.
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With so much to see under one roof – including Glee’s wider portfolio of brands across seven other key product sectors – this year’s event is a must-attend for retailers wanting to expand their offering (and profitability!) in 2022.
Registration to the 2021 event is now live. Simply visit www.gleebirmingham.com/visitor-registration to secure your free ticket.
Glee 2021, taking place this year from September 14th-16th at the NEC, Birmingham, will once again host an invaluable seminar programme from The Stage theatre located in Hall 6.
Content will include an inspirational mix of future trend forecasts, research into consumer buying behaviour and crucial business advice, along with a series of prestigious industry awards.
Even before the pandemic struck, all aspects of outdoor living were on an upwards trajectory and this growth has accelerated over the past year and a half, greatly benefitting garden retailers. Kicking off the seminar programme on Tuesday September 14th (11:00am – 12:00pm) will be a session entitled “The changing demographics of garden retail customers”, which will explore how the industry can continue to engage with new consumers and maintain the continuous cycle of growth in years to come.
Online channels have been increasingly crucial to this growth as coronavirus changed the way we do business, driving the shift from face-to-face interactions with customers to phone calls, emails, and social media. Retailers can learn how to adapt their businesses in order to unleash and maximise their online potential on Thursday 16th September (10:30am - 11:30am) with a dedicated session “How garden centres can adapt to a sustainable and successful long-term online strategy”.
Trends are a key driver of sales both on and offline, so retailers won’t want to miss the industry “Trend Update: Outdoor living trends for 2022”, taking place on Wednesday September 15th (3:30pm - 4:45pm). This session will provide attendees with wealth of new product and merchandising inspiration to help guide their buying at Glee this year.
The Great British Growing Awards winners, as voted for by the readers of leading consumer gardening magazine, Grow Your Own, will be announced during the opening day of Glee on September 14th (2:00pm – 2:30pm); the Glee Buyers Power List Awards will be revealed on September 15th (1:00pm – 1:30pm) followed by the Glee New Product Awards later that afternoon (5:00pm – 6:00pm).
New for 2021 – the first in-person edition of Glee for two years – visitors will have the chance to see companies pitching to be recognised for the New Product Awards and answering questions from the judging panels. Series one of The Pitches will take place on the Tuesday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm, with round two taking place the following day from 10:00am – 12:30pm, ahead of the winners’ announcement later that day.
The programme will be rounded off in style on Thursday September 16th from 1:30pm – 2:00pm with Floral Thursday: The Greenfingers Charity Draw. Floral Thursday is a special FUNdraising activity where it is hoped that the thousands of visitors and exhibitors at Glee 2021 will come together to show their flower power in aid of Greenfingers’ ongoing fundraising activities. Anyone wearing an item of floral clothing – be it a hat, dress, suit, socks or shirt – will be invited to purchase a raffle ticket which will enter them into a prize draw.
Glee Event Director, Matthew Mein, said: “One of the many great things about Glee is the fantastic value-added content that is free to all who attend. This is always an important aspect of the show but now more so than ever before as the changes affecting our industry continue to accelerate at what seems like lightning speed. Retailers who want to stay ahead of the curve and ensure they don’t get left behind in the rush to realign will hugely benefit from the business advice and trend information that’s available during the show, so I highly recommend visitors try to catch up with some of this exclusive content while they’re on site with us at the NEC.
“We are also very excited about this year’s Buyers Power List Awards, now in their fourth year, which recognise the incredible efforts and achievements of retail staff up and down the country, from businesses large and small. So many staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty over the past 18 months and their recognition at these awards will be incredibly well deserved, I’m sure. I hope many of you can join us at The Stage on Wednesday September 15th to show your appreciation for our industry stars”.
The full Glee 2021 Seminar Programme can be found here. All content from ‘The Stage’ will be available to live stream via Glee Connect - the exhibition’s dedicated app for smartphones and desktop - as well as on-demand post-show.
Glee 2021 - don’t miss out!
The thousands of retailers who’ve already registered for Glee this year include such industry giants as B&Q, Bents Garden & Home, Blue Diamond Group, YTC Ltd, National Trust, British Garden Centres, Robert Dyas, Flowerland, crocus.co.uk, Tesco, RHS, Dobbies, Sainsburys Argos, Poundland, Notcutts, John Lewis, Center Parcs, TJ Morris, Pets at Home, Dunhelm and Aldi, all keen to source the latest new product innovations and secure stock ahead of Christmas and the New Year. If you haven’t yet signed up, ensure you don’t miss out by registering for your free ticket via the website: www.gleebirmingham.com
Gardenex plays host to International Buyers’ Centre at Glee
Gardenex is excited by the return of international exhibition Glee at the NEC Birmingham on September 14-16, where it will be hosting the International Buyers’ Centre in Hall 20, Stand J50, and organising meetings between international buyers and potential UK suppliers...
Gardenex is excited by the return of international exhibition Glee at the NEC Birmingham on September 14-16, where it will have a strong presence.
The team from Gardenex will be hosting the International Buyers’ Centre in Hall 20, Stand J50, and organising meetings between international buyers and potential UK suppliers.
These meetings include a Buyers Connect meeting with Green Project, a European group based in Romania that has been active in the gardening business for over 20 years. Two buyers will be visiting Glee on Tuesday and Wednesday of the show.
The company distributes around 15 leading garden brands as well as having its own production and private label brands which it sells to Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Romania and Republic of Moldova. At Glee, the buyers will be looking for interesting new garden products to complement its existing range.
This year there will be online versions of Buyers’ Connect for those international buyers unable to travel to the show, including a meeting with a leading Swedish online retailer and distributor. Wexthuset Sverige AB is a business which has grown substantially in recent years, and it has become a leading independent online store for gardening products on the Swedish market. Buyers from the company are looking for new and innovative gardening products that are not part of its standard range.
UK suppliers wishing to have a meeting with either company should email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the past 18 months of the pandemic, Gardenex has helped a number of international garden and pet product buyers to connect with UK suppliers through its virtual Meet the Buyer events.
Here are some of the comments that the association has received from international companies:
- “Very interesting and beneficial meetings”
- “Always well organised and researched”
- “We found the meetings to be extremely beneficial”
- “All positive feedback from us”
The International Buyers' Centre at Glee will also be the perfect meeting place for international garden product buyers to find out more about Gardenex members and services. Facilities will include refreshments, cloakroom, free WiFi and charging points.
Visitors to the Buyers’ Centre will be able to find out more details about the services provided by Gardenex, including the new edition of its exclusive A-Z Guide to Exporting,which provides member companies with a comprehensive resource of exporting information, advice and practical tips.
There will also be details of a series of invaluable trade bulletins, designed to give member companies information about how to deal with exporting outside the EU. The combination of bulletins, industry updates, webinars and the association’s online helpline is providing companies with valuable insights and practical support to help them protect and expand their international sales in a profitable manner post-Brexit.
Gardenex will be joined at Glee by the PetQuip trade association, which has a stand (6B04) in the pet section of Glee. Pet product suppliers will be able to discover the many ways in which PetQuip helps its members secure valuable UK and international sales, as well as recognise excellence within the industry through the prestigious PetQuip Awards. Buyers are welcome to visit the stand to find out more about the many innovative companies which are members of the association and to collect their copy of the recently published PetQuip Buyers’ Guide.
Amanda Sizer Barrett, Director General of Gardenex and PetQuip, said: “We’re extending a warm invitation to Glee exhibitors and visitors to join Gardenex at the International Buyers’ Centre, where our expert team will help them with their specific queries. Buyers will find information on innovative UK products and suppliers; and we’ll demonstrate how our expert team helps suppliers navigate through exporting to the EU and beyond, as well as giving them access to sales leads, international market research and potential buyer contacts through our exclusive international buyer database and helping them to identify business opportunities for their products around the world.”
Gardenex and PetQuip have got some exciting plans for future events, including co-hosting a conference on The Future for International Trade at Stratford Manor Hotel on 25th November 2021. The associations will also be organising the British group of exhibitors to international trade exhibitions during the next 12 months, including Zoomark (10th-12th Novermber 2021), Interzoo (24th-27th May 2022) and spoga+gafa (19th-21st June 2022).
For more information about Gardenex and PetQuip and the benefits of membership visit www.gardenex.com, www.petquip.com or email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) announced at Glee today that The Blue Diamond group of garden centres has donated £10,000 to provide a set of horticultural scholarships.
The awards will be in addition to the foundation’s existing scholarships, which support horticultural students as they target careers in the UK’s ornamental horticulture industry.
Blue Diamond CEO Alan Roper (second from right) is pictured shaking hands with DCF trustee Stuart Lowen, watched by fellow trustees, Caroline Owen of Scotsdale Garden Centre and broadcaster and writer Peter Seabrook (right) and Neil Gow.
Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Glee this week...
- Exhibitions are back - Glee 2021 represents the first in-person garden retail event to take place anywhere in Europe within the last 18 months! With the absence of exhibitions felt so significantly, Glee 2021 is here to fill the void. Get up close and personal with new products, place orders for the coming season and meet with suppliers both new and existing.
- 300 brands and counting - This year Glee will welcome over 300 brands to the exhibition roster, together covering eight core product sectors – Garden Care, Landscaping & Garden Decoration, Outdoor Entertaining, Plants, Home, Gift & Clothing, PAW (Pet & Animal Wellbeing), Retail Services & Experiences, and Food & Catering. With so many brands under one roof, retailers can expect to see the biggest profile of new products and innovation as thousands of new products are earmarked to exclusively launch ahead of the 2022 season at this year’s Glee event.
- Welcome to 100+ debut brands - Newness at Glee doesn’t just take the shape of product, however. Look out for over 100 brands never before seen at the show. Covering everything from pots to growing media, pet care accessories to footwear, these new brands can offer your business the chance to diversify and build customer loyalty in the year ahead.
- The return of big brands - Glee 2021 will also be welcoming back several brands that have not exhibited for a number of years. These brands, including Norfolk Leisure, Regatta & Craghoppers, Landmann, Apollo Gardening, Kettle Interiors and Azpects are back at Glee with an exciting story to tell and are ready to build new relationships with retailers.
- Network, network, network - Zoom, Teams and Skype may have stepped up to the plate when it was needed most, but after 18 months of only seeing each other on the screen, we can perhaps all agree there is no real substitute for face-to-face. At Glee this year there will be plenty of opportunity to network like you’ve never networked before, so why not bring your whole buying team with you to cover more ground and make sure you don’t miss out on finding your dream supply partner!
- Get connected - Let the Glee Connect app help guide you to new products. Designed to provide an unrivalled matchmaking solution to help suppliers and retailers get the most out of their time at the show, Glee Connect, is a pocket-sized interactive guide to the show. Built using intelligent AI- functionality, visiting retailers using Glee Connect will be able to better measure – and even increase - their ‘Return on Time’ spent at the show, through personalised exhibitor recommendations, and an easy-to-use meeting scheduling function.
- Education & celebration - As always, Glee will offer visitors a free, three-day seminar programme organised in conjunction with the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association), providing an enriched programme of expert business and garden retail advice to help grow your business through challenging trading conditions. This content will be derived from extensive industry research and is set to tackle key talking points, struggles and successes. In addition, the Glee New Product Awards and Buyers Power List will celebrate the best our industry has to offer.
- Get ahead of the curve – With over 300 brands, thousands of new product launches, an unrivalled seminar programme, and leading trade association support, Glee is the place to come to see exactly what trends are shaping consumer demand. A day spent at Glee will provide detailed insight into the trends, colours and issues that are shaping garden retail and what will keep the tills ringing the year ahead.
- Access trade association support - As the central networking hub for the garden retail industry, Glee will once again play host to vital trade associations including GIMA, HTA, Gardenex, GCA, PetQuip and Pet Industry Federation, all of which will all be welcoming existing and potential new members for the duration of the show, offering invaluable advice and expertise to those who need it.
- Be safe and secure – Glee’s return is only possible due to the incredible work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the show remains safe, secure and compliant with government Covid guidelines. From showing proof of Covid-19 status to increased cleaning regimes, wider 3m aisles, access to hand sanitiser and being a mask-friendly event, attendees can rest assured that the organisers have gone above and beyond to minimise the risk of transmission. Further details regarding Glee’s Safe & Secure measures can be found at www.gleebirmingham.com/the-community/safe-secure/guidelines-for-exhibitors
Excited to be back at Glee - GTN September, Glee Preview Issue, on-line here
In this issue of news and information for garden centre professionals:
- Westland Glee Preview.
- Retailers look forward to Glee, comment from Mike Burks, Gerald Ingram, Matthew Bent, Andy Bunker, Simon Bourne, Kev Turley, British Garden Centres, Julian Winfield, Carol Paris and John Birch.
- A Glee Greeting from Woodmansterne.
- Glee 2021 – GTN’s Preview.
- Glee 2021 Show Plan and Exhibitor List.
- Whats On “The Stage” at Glee 2021.
- Onduline success at Alton Garden Centre.
- New Products at Glee – a sneak preview of Glee New Product Award entries.
- GTN Bestsellers – August garden centre sales analysis and charts in sample issue.
- HTA Column – Boyd Douglas-Davies signs off as HTA President.
GTN September 2021 - Excited to be back at Glee, GTN's Glee 2021 Preview
In this issue of news and information for garden centre professionals:
- Westland Glee Preview.
- Retailers look forward to Glee, comment from Mike Burks, Gerald Ingram, Matthew Bent, Andy Bunker, Simon Bourne, Kev Turley, British Garden Centres, Julian Winfield, Carol Paris and John Birch.
- A Glee Greeting from Woodmansterne.
- Glee 2021 – GTN’s Preview.
- Glee 2021 Show Plan and Exhibitor List.
- Whats On “The Stage” at Glee 2021.
- Onduline success at Alton Garden Centre.
- New Products at Glee – a sneak preview of Glee New Product Award entries.
- GTN Bestsellers – August garden centre sales analysis and charts in sample issue.
- HTA Column – Boyd Douglas-Davies signs off as HTA President.
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