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Summer start to Xmas trading


Harrogate is not only a beautiful place, it’s also perfect for retailers to get their seasonal buying under way, right at the start of summer so they can enjoy both the setting and the knowledge of everything’s already in hand for the big sales drive


T’S JULY – who’s thinking about Christmas? Obviously everyone with any sense in retail because it’s the biggest sales point of the year and stock must be sourced. And that’s where Harrogate Home&Gift comes in as the perfect summer kick start to Christmas trading. This well-loved event is about to occupy Harrogate


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International Centre and pavilions in the grounds of the Cairn and Majestic hotels, all situated within the beautiful Yorkshire spa town. More than 1,000 exhibitors will present the best


seasonal round-up of design-led and everyday products across gifts, greetings and stationery, jewellery and fashion, and homeware. Exhibitors on the greetings front include Jonny Javelin, The Alternative Image Company, Pigment Productions, Mint Publishing, Berni Parker Designs, The Art File, Blue Eyed Sun, Artebene, Holy Mackerel, Glick, Cutback Cards and Beverston Press. Most are in Hall H, the lovely, bright and spacious


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new home of greetings and stationery, while quite a few are scattered among the eight other halls and the Design Point marquees. Along with never-seen-before stands and product launches, show organisers Clarion Events are delighted to reveal an engaging new sector, Spotlight in Hall G which is accessed via the greetings and stationery hall. It’s a showcase of the very best emerging


companies from the UK, bringing together hand- selected, never-seen-before, original products in one


location including card publishers Port And Lemon, Ohh Deer, Courgette Cards, Anstal Creations, Jo Clark Design and Perkins And Morley.


Given its position, Home & Gift typically allows


retailers to source their all-important Christmas stock and set themselves up for a more profi table Christmas. Nick Morley, director of Pyramid International,


confi rmed: “We exhibit at the Harrogate show as it’s a great start for the autumn/winter sales drive. “It enables us to reach a number of customers who


don’t travel south for the Autumn Fair and also have a regional focus on certain products.


“For this year we’ve moved halls – to Hall H – to


ensure new products like mugs, wristbands and 10x8 shadow box 3Ds are seen by the right customers.” By providing exclusive show offers, suppliers are


keen to reinforce and cultivate relationships that extend beyond this period too, enabling visitors to succeed despite tough market conditions. Top show offers include Jonny Javelin’s 10 per cent off orders, as will Cut Back Cards and Jelly And Bean, while Nkuku have a fi ve per cent offer.


After a day of buying, visitors are encouraged to


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take a break and enjoy the Harrogate surroundings. Social events will take place over the course of the show, meaning retailers can mix business with pleasure! The ever-popular Sunday Sundowners drinks will take place on July 14 from 5.30pm in the Majestic Hotel grounds. VIP cardholders will also be able to take advantage of offers throughout the town including discounts at participating restaurants and attractions such as Le Bistrot Pierre and So! Bar& Eats, visit the event website for terms and conditions. To pre-register for the show go to the website www. homeandgift.co.uk/register


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