The Home & Gift Buyers Festival brings buyers and exhibitors from varied areas for four days in Harrogate International Centre along King’s Road in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The 2016 event will run from July 17th to July 20th. Among the products to be showcased include glassware, kitchen accessories, interior products, bags, rings, scarves, necklaces, jewellery and fashion as well as giftware. Most of these products are from diverse industries such as Home Textiles, Home Furnishings, Handicrafts and Gifts, Gifts, Home and Consumer Appliances.
What awaits you?
At The Home & Gift Buyers Festival visitors will discover one of the most comprehensive and better ways of carrying out their business in the most sociable manner. Each year in July the festival brings together thousands of new and trendy product launches. Those with stores and want them to stand out as much as possible during the busiest seasons and way after that will have their desires met.
The festival takes place in a beautiful and appealing town known as Harrogate. It hosts thousands of exhibitors across five main edited sectors from fashion and jewellery, gift, greetings and stationery, new designers to interiors.
The festival has a new component introduced in 2015 known as the Great Northern Retail Summit Forum. The educational and inspiration content programme brings together different industry experts ready to provide attendees the practical advice they need to grow their business in a changing and competitive world. Presented at the event are an array of inspiring launches of new products and lots of advice on retail taking place in the most unique of sociable atmospheres in England.
The Home & Gift Buyers Festival in a nutshell
Apart from providing visitors with an exceptional opportunity to buy products, there’ll be thousands of products to make the impending seasons the most profitable with diverse range of popular, favourite and new products from more than 850 brands present. About 240 brands are new to the festival have enrolled in the festival for the 2016 event for the first time.
The festival offers a chance to attendees to learn from the crème de la crème of the industry, experts sourced from diverse professional and expert areas at the Great Northern Retail Forum. Lots of retail insight, priceless knowledge hitherto unknown by many is now on the menu, particularly in the 2016 event where experts will include John Lewis from Google among others.
The show is unique and probably one you might remember for ages due to the buying experience presented. Organisers define it as combining your day’s work in the sun with the most appealing BBQ. There are those who’ve been attending the event for about eight years in a row to enjoy the lovely environment, great people from all walks of life, expert advice and make great business deals.
One of the most popular show sectors in the Home & Gift Buyers Festival is Giftware. It’s not just the largest of the sectors in the event but also offers lots of things people need all the time from design-led, contemporary, and quirky to traditional gifts. There’s a likelihood of finding those perfect products you need to replenish your store across the marquees and halls of the event. Some of the exhibitors in this sector include Alice Caroline, Artcuts, Dartington Crystal, ECP Design, Joe Davies and Febland Group, among others.
Jewellery and Fashion
This sector contains all the chic, casual, classic and contemporary articles of fashion and jewellery you can think of. Whatever online or in-store items you need the event probably has more than you need. There’re well-established and new brands exhibiting their products from bags, scarves, necklaces, rings, assorted accessories among others to provide the most fantastic and vast range to select from. Some of the brands include Elrand, Abbacino, Tempest Designs, Melissa McArthur Jewellery, Cool Trade Winds and C’est Beau Bags among others.
Interior and Accessories
Those intending to furnish their stores with the most vast and beautiful interior product collections will find this sector very appealing. Halls will always be filled with lots of items fit for the interior, from glassware, kitchen accessories, and candles to cushions. In fact, the Harrogate event allows you to plan ahead as you want through the provided exhibitor list to maximise your time at the festival by finding what you want, fast. Some of the brands in this category include Baa Stool, Hill interiors, Creative Tops, Voyage Decoration, Culinary Concepts and Tweedmill Textiles, among others.
Greetings and Stationery
Stores in search of the perfectly designed greeting cards and creative stationery in vast arrays will find it here. These include slogans, patterns and prints including artists, licenses and occasional content on display at the event. There’re lots of accompanying notebooks as well, including gift wraps, pens, calendars, diaries and lots of other unique stationery. Exhibiting brands include Leonard Smith, Amy Louise Design, Two Little Boys, Pink Pig, Jessica Hogarth Designs, and Megan Claire among others.
The Great Northern Retail Forum
Considering every attendee in the Home & Gift Buyers Festival has left their precious stores and taken time to be at the event, making every moment worth it is critical. One of the ways of accomplishing this is by attending the Great Northern Retail Forum that many who last attended the festival up to 2014 might not be familiar with. Introduced in 2015, the three day forum blends expert advice and inspiration from keynote speakers and experts such as Tom Kerridge and John Lewis.
Even if you don’t want to remain in the forum for a long time, the schedule and timetable easily allows you to choose which talk to attend that could impact your business forever. For the 2016 event, keynote speakers include Katherine Owen Fowler from John Lewis Partnership York and a DM Fashion and VM, Tom Kerridge, renowned TV host and expert chef and Google’s Retail Industry Manager David Green.
Others include Warren Knight, an author and social media strategist, Jenny Spivey a small business and retail consultant and Tile Fire Ltd founder Andrew Cousins, Laura Perryman a materials and colour design and insight and trends forecaster, Yeshen Venema a photographer, web consultant and film maker among a dozen more.
Home & Gift Buyers Festival is organised by Clarion Events Ltd, which creates a platform for buying events for all types of retailers as well as organising e-commerce events for diverse professionals and multichannel retailers.