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BROUGHT TO YOU BY The U.K. nursery trade’s no. 1 magazine Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 NEWS DAILY


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The doors opened this morning to the 45th Harrogate International Nursery Fair (HINF)


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HINF is to view the latest new baby product launches and plan and place orders for the coming year, the show offers an all-encompassing experience with a number of networking opportunities and the chance to fi nd out


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what is happening in the nursery industry. Don’t miss the BPA’s Seminar Programme which takes place for the duration of the show in Hall G. Today at 14:00hrs leading market research company GfK will be revealing the latest sales trends for the nursery sector – which products are selling the best and also whether new mums are still buying from bricks and mortar retailers or turning to the internet. This seminar will run again tomorrow and there will also be presentations on the new European i-Size Regulation and also how blogging can be a key to the mummy market. The BPA’s Concept & Innovation Awards fi nalists also warrant a visit. These budding entrepreneurs have battled through a gruelling judging process which included nerve wracking presentations to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel in London and were chosen from hundreds of entries. The winners will be announced on the stand at 11:00hrs on Monday 24th March in the vilion.


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the show and literally hundreds of entries were received. The categories for 2014 are Child Restraints; Wheeled Goods; Playtime; Sleep Accessories; Travel Accessories; In Home; Safety; Feeding, Cleaning and Changing; and Best New Product and the winners will be announced at a veryd at a very glitzy Party and BANTA Awards night tonight at the Majestic Hotel. This is a ticket only event, so if you would like to attend, check at iser


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organising team tomorrow night from 10:00hrs to 01:00hrs for free drinks, entertainment and midnight snacks at the Majestic Hotel – everyone is welcome and it’s a great opportunity to network, let your hair down and have some fun.


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