With its doors set to re-open for the first time in 18 months from the 5th – 8th September at the NEC Birmingham, Autumn Fair will be the largest must-attend event for the autumn buying season crossing the Home, Gift, Fashion, Design & Source sectors. With UK Government and AEO approved Safe & Secure Guidelines in place, Autumn Fair confidently offers the definitive space for Covid-safe trading, networking, inspiration and more, as the retail industry gets back up and running.
Already the leading marketplace for the home and gift industry, the forthcoming Autumn Fair co locates with Moda; now offering visitors the most comprehensive and inspirational curated line-up of fashion, footwear, and jewellery, all delivered across easy to navigate key shopping destinations: Home, Gift, Fashion, Design & Source.
The team at a Bradford garden centre have secured planning approval for a second site as part of their ambitious growth plans.
Leeds City Council's South and West Plans Panel voted to approve Tong Garden Centre's plans to transform a former golf club into a £14m garden centre complex that will create up to 250 jobs.
Plans for the former Acanthus Golf Club site in Tingley, South Leeds include a large garden centre with a 1000m2 plant canopy and 2000m2 of outdoor sales space, a 400-seater restaurant, Grass Hoppers indoor and outdoor play and a Hearty's Food Hall. The existing golf centre building will be the hub for an adventure play area set in five acres for 6 to 14 year olds. There will also be parking for 500 cars. The centre will also be developed with sustainability in mind and will have air source heating, a solar array, rainwater harvesting tank and 50 electric vehicle charging points.
As well as bringing together all the biggest brands in stationery and gifts this autumn, the team are thrilled at the prospect of uniting suppliers and buyers for the first time in over two years.
“We’re very much looking forward to bringing new and existing customers together to do business face-to-face” said Event Director, Alex Butler. “It’s been a challenging time for everyone, but as much as we’ve all adapted to a new digital world, the pandemic really has highlighted the importance of experiencing products in person before buying.”
The leading bedding firm based in Denton, Manchester, has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Nursery Bedding Design’ category, which recognises imaginative, fun and engaging products for young children.
Portfolio Home’s Kids’ Club bedding design, Animal Jigsaw is one of only four designs that made it to the shortlist for the national award and this is a huge step forwards for the Manchester-based business.
Portfolio Home’s Managing Director, Paul Callan commented; “We’re absolutely thrilled that our Animal Jigsaw design has been recognised for this prestigious national award. The Loved By Parents Award is one of the largest and most trusted parenting awards within the UK and reflects consumer credibility as every entry is tested and voted by parents.”
A new name in wellington boots is helping to drive year-round sales, whilst also showcasing new material innovation to mix up the gardener’s favourite footwear category. Introducing Leon Boots Co Ltd – the name behind the all-new ‘revolutionary’ ULTRALIGHT™ garden ankle boot, the lightest and most comfortable wellington boot to ever hit the UK market.
Every garden retailer will recognise the value of stocking wellington boots. Whether established gardeners, hobbyists or just for those consumers that want footwear that withstands days spent outside, wellington boots are a long-term proven seller. However, with several established brands largely monopolising the market, consumers are often left with little choice, faced with the same colours and designs. Until now that is.