After five days of showcasing their new products in front of a wide-ranging audience at Glee at Spring Fair, exhibitors have been praising the 'new' addition to the garden industry calendar.
Here's a selection of comments from those companies exhibiting in Glee at Spring Fair.
“We’ve had a very positive response, we’ve had a few orders, few pro formas already.”
Debbie Garner-Jones - Kingdom Teak
“It’s been a good day today. We’re pretty happy, we’ve got a good position here. It works. The size of the stand is good for us – any bigger, visitors would get lost and the way we build them up should remind them of a shop – if we went much bigger they’re not going to be able to visualize the concept.”
Anders Jeppersen – Bergs Potter
“We’ve only been trading since September, so to win an award at our first show is a real surprise. We knew the product was unique, we hoped the market would see what we saw – but until they come here and part with cold hard cash so that’s always a good sign. One of the judges said to us that they had been looking at pot feet for 20 years, and hadn’t seen what we saw which was an opportunity to make something a bit more interesting, to make pots glow rather than just sit under the pot. We straddle the gift and garden sectors so for us to get the award is great and we’re delighted to be here.”
Tony and Andrea Barnett - Potty Feet
“We’ve been doing Glee for six years now, it’s quite a success for us, but we find Glee @ Spring Fair works particularly because of the timing – after the winter is the perfect time to buy our plants [Bay Trees].”
Elie Devisch - Laurica
“We are from the Chinese mainland, we are a manufacturer looking to meet UK and European buyers. We are testing the water with Glee @ Spring Fair and are now looking to come to the main Glee show as well.”
Jenny Wang - Putian Newpower.
“The audience at this show is totally different to the main Glee show. A lot of smaller independents, gift shops - not so many garden centres - but we will see them at Glee anyway. First day was good for us.”
Richard Ball – Director, Charles Taylor Trading Limited
“We went to Glee in 2016, had a great reaction. We decided to come to Glee @ Spring Fair because we wanted to reinforce our presence as a new supplier in the industry, to follow through on the interest from the main show and also to find some new business as well. It was quite busy on Sunday, that was a good start and today has been steady too. So we’ve been pretty pleased.”
Jon Couch, Director of Marketing – Harrod Horticulture