After a hugely successful Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair in January, companies are biting the bullet and securing their 2014 exhibition space early for what is becoming one the UK's fastest growing trade shows in the sector.
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.
Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift arrived in a flurry of snow this morning. However, this cold snap certainly isn't affecting footfall and the halls of the Harrogate International centre continue to bustle with business activity and order books are filling fast.
Are you already missing mince pies, mistletoe and mulled wine? Then the great news is you can have it all over again at Harrogate Christmas & Gift which takes this coming Sunday 13th to Wednesday 16th January 2013.
The Christmas and New Year festivities for 2012 are a thing of the past and most of us have arrived back at our desks refreshed and ready to tackle the coming year.
Hopefully, you have all of your Christmas preparations in place and can put your feet up this Christmas Eve ready for a relaxing festive break with family and friends.
The judges for the Greatest Christmas Awards have been busy travelling the length and breadth of the country in search of the very best Christmas displays of the season. The winners will be announced at a party night held at the Majestic Hotel Harrogate on the eve of Sunday 13th January, 2013, but here is a taste of some fabulous entries.
With just 15 days until Christmas, the recent sprinkling of snow across much of the UK has certainly made us feel festive, if a little on the cold side! If you've been brave enough to venture out you will hopefully have experienced some fabulous Christmas displays and according to the judges of the Greatest Christmas Awards - there are some pretty spectacular Santa's grottos to be seen around the country this year. We will be highlighting a few of the entries in next week's newsletter - so watch this space!
Whilst many of you opened the first door of your Advent calendar yesterday, the first day of Advent is actually today, Sunday 2nd December and the Sunday closest to St Andrew's Day. This date marks the start of the church year and it also marks the start of the Christmas season for many people in the United Kingdom.
It's just four weeks until Christmas and many families will be making the most momentous decision of the year - will it be real or artificial? According to Wikipedia, an astounding eight million natural Christmas trees are expended in the UK each year. However, retailers in the Christmas sector will be pleased to know that around two thirds of all British families still opt for artificial and consumers will soon be flocking into stores to choose the specimen which will adorn their room this Christmas.
If like the majority of gift retailers you are now in full Christmas mode, hopefully reaping the benefits of wise product choices made earlier in the year, you are probably also taking note of buying trends and planning ahead for the 2013 festive season. A not-to-be-missed date for your diary is Harrogate Christmas & Gift which takes place from 13th to 16th January - giving you the fantastic opportunity to see exciting new product launches months before the crowds arrive at trade fairs in the spring.
The nights are drawing in and the clocks going back this coming weekend certainly makes us feel that winter is with us (even though officially it doesn't begin until 21st December!). Christmas is just around the corner and supermarkets are already stocking their shelves for the festive season giving gift retailers and buyers food for thought when it comes to planning new in-store ideas for next year.
Autumn is fast approaching and buyers and retailers who attended Harrogate Christmas & Gift last January will soon be reaping the benefit of their visit, filling shelves with fabulous new products to tempt customers and bring an added bit of festive cheer to their stores this Christmas.