Glee 2012: Seminars - Make more of Glee with new features

Guided tours by experts, trend forecasting, business guidance and more are on offer this year.

Guided tours will be one of the key highlights of this year's Glee and they will be led by garden retail consultants Andy Campbell, Roger Crookes, John Stanley, Lynda Murray, Phil Hill, John Connel and Kevin Waters.

Organiser John Connel from The Garden Works said of the newly-introduced 40-minute tours: "The Glee guided tours will undoubtedly help you get a unique perspective on this year's show.

"We believe they will make retailers' visits more insightful and relevant to the needs of their business and customers." The tours will look at consumer trends, new categories and how to make the most of meetings with suppliers.

Each tour guide will bring something slightly different to the event. Murray, for example, is a former House of Fraser visual merchandising director and currently managing director of International Visual and senior consultant with The Retailer. She will help retailers translate trends and products on display at the show.

Hill is International Visual creative director,and will be helping to identify creative ideas to stimulate visual thinkers.

Food & Catering Zone

Whether you are thinking of introducing a cafe or need ideas to reinvigorate an existing one, the Food & Catering Zone in partnership with Vision Commercial Kitchens will give you advice, information and inspiration to help you take the next step.

Trend Tunnel

Courtesy of world-leading trend forecaster WGSN, this feature is designed to offer an insight into future trends and how you can translate them into merchandising ideas, product ranges and point-of-sale displays.

Trend interpretation sessions, working with The Garden Works, are available in the Knowledge Hub workshop feature (Hall 4). Also ensure you view the seminar programme for the Food & Catering Zone. Stay ahead of the game and keep your customers spending.

Shop Window

Providing you with a unique snapshot of the best products from around the Glee halls, the Shop Window is the place where you could discover next year's best seller. Visit this fantastic feature in Hall 4.

Glee Guided Tours

Will you be making the most of Glee? With hundreds of exhibitors, a host of features and a raft of hidden opportunities, it makes sense to attend one of the free Glee guided tours and let one of our industry experts make sure that you are getting maximum value from the Glee halls.

Knowledge Hub

Business guidance is at the heart of this new feature. The hub includes a huge selection of seminars and workshops that are designed to help you improve and grow your business for the year ahead.

Timetable Seminars
A selection of expert speakers share knowledge and experience covering a
range of key subjects for the garden retail industry
Monday 17 September Time Subject and speaker
10.30-11.30am Garden Industry Question Time: Making the
Social/Local Connection
Chaired by HTA director-general
Carol Paris.
2.30-3.30pm Garden Retail: A Secure Environment
Jeremy Davies from HTA security partner B
to B Links with an update on security
in garden centres.
Tuesday 18 September Time Subject and speaker
10.30-11.30am Garden Industry Question Time: Attracting
& Retaining Younger Gardeners
Chaired by HTA director Andrew Maxted.
2.30-3.30pm Finding & Winning More High-Spending
With HTA market information manager
David Denny.
Wednesday 19 September Time Subject and speaker
10.30-11.30am Garden Industry Question Time: Selling
Like Hot Cakes
Chaired by HTA catering business
improvement scheme chair Neville Stein.
2.30-3pm Learning to be Lean With HTA Lean
consultant Neil Fedden.

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