With 24 amazing and innovative new products to choose from, the judges of the inaugural New Product Showcase at Glee at Spring Fair, in association with Garden Trade News, had their work cut out deciding on a winner. However, after much deliberation the winners are now confirmed!
Judged by Mike Cook of Choice Marketing, Steve Myatt, MD of Garden Retail Success, Simon Bourne of Perrywood Garden Centre, and Neil Gow, owner of Fresh @ Burcot, this year five products were selected, recognised for their unique designs, saleability and innovative approach to bringing to market products that will drive profits in the coming seasons.
The first product selected and taking home ‘fifth place’ is the Fast Fix Hook & Loop Tape from Creative Products. This tape offers a quick and easy way to secure plants, branches and young trees. Durable, waterproof, flexible and soft, it’s quick to fit and delicate on tender plant material.
New features, a great speaker line up, plenty of 'hands-on' opportunities and a bumper exhibitor and brands line-up is on the cards for next year's London Stationery Show.
Running over two days at the end of April at the Business Design Centre in London, 2018 will mark the show's eighth year. It is on target to top the 145-exhibitor, and hundreds more brands, line-up from 2017 and will include the industry's premier stationery new product awards, an engaging Creative Stationery workshop area, two days of live talks and presentations for retailers, plus a new 'On Trend' display area and new 'Trend Tours' of the show for visitors run by trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus.
"Since the show started in 2011 it has changed tremendously, moving from office products to retail and design-led stationery. So, if suppliers haven't exhibited or visited for some time we urge them to come along and find out what's changed and more about our plans for 2018," says event manager Hazel Fieldwick.
My Gifts Trade owned by Music Exchange (Manchester) Ltd are delighted to announce the completion of the acquisition of ECP Design.
Founded in 1966, family owned business Music Exchange (Manchester) Ltd is the leading distributor in the UK for sheet music and musical gifts. My Gifts Trade have developed an extensive range of home and giftware with designers including Sara Miller London, Hinchcliffe and Barber, Oscar Francis and the Woodland Trust. This year they are very proud to be launching new designer ranges from I Like Birds and artist Meg Hawkins.
My Gifts Trade will continue the legacy and ethos of ECP Design whilst together will be introducing new products and designs for each season, working with existing designers as well as recruiting fresh new talent.