As we head into Spring and gardeners around the UK get planting and digging, plans for Glee - the International Festival for Garden, Leisure and Pet being held at the NEC from 27th-29th June - are also hotting up.
This year the focus will not just be on the great outdoors, as a brandnew Home, Gift & Clothing sector is about to take shape on the exhibition floor.
Whilst Glee has long hosted key exhibitors in these categories, the 2023 show will be the first time that such a strong focus has been placed upon gifting, homeware, fashion accessories and apparel. This is testament to garden centres' success in extending their instore offerings, and also offers a significant opportunity for other retailers.
As the first trade exhibition taking place in the second half of the year, Glee offers a golden opportunity for gift shops to get ahead of the curve and secure orders before Christmas. Visitors will be able to source from top-flight suppliers offering products that range from candles, toys and crafting kits to greetings cards, giftwrap and stationery, whilst specialists in hats, scarves, gloves, boots and other winter woolies will help retailers get set for the festive season.