Harrogate Christmas & Gift Show
The doors to the 64th Harrogate Christmas & Gift closed last week, having paved the way for a fabulous start to 2013 for exhibitors and visitors alike with full order books and exciting new stock lines for the coming year.
Despite severe weather warnings (which fortunately didn't reach fruition until after the event), buyers confirmed that Christmas & Gift is too important to be missed regardless of weather.
John King of Krebs Glas Lausha said: "We had a very steady flow of visitors to the stand across the four days and a healthy increase in business on the previous year. The show was particularly busy on Sunday and we thought this was because buyers may have chosen to travel earlier with the prediction of bad weather. Thinking this would tail off we were pleasantly surprised when they just kept coming. This indicates that despite the weather, the Harrogate Christmas and Gift is still considered important to attend to get an early feel for the brand new product and colour trends."
A delighted John Strode, managing director of Artificial Images, confirmed this saying: "On Sunday we had trebled our figures compared to 2012 and on Monday had quadrupled them. We have some very solid enquiries from a number of major accounts and are delighted with our location in hall D'."
As well as all of the big brands which return to the show year after year such as Festive Productions, Gisella Graham, Hill Interiors and of course Premier Decorations, which filled Hall H in its entirety for the second year running; Christmas & Gift welcomed a number of newcomers to the show and all reported an excellent first time experience.
Kym Yorke, creative director of Christmas at Crumble Cottage said: "Our product range has been incredibly well received and in just a short space of time we have already taken lots of orders. We really enjoyed our first time at Harrogate Christmas & Gift and found the atmosphere very warm and welcoming - it's a really friendly show."
Simon Anslow, show organiser for Harrogate Christmas & Gift for the third year, comments: "Once again, Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2013 has exceeded all expectations and the show is definitely on the map as the UK's largest dedicated Christmas trade event. The diversity of new exhibitor ranges and product lines, which cover pretty much every occasion throughout the year as well as numerous house ware and gift lines, makes it the first port of call of the year for gift buyers from almost every sector. "