HTA director general David Gwyther said that some members had expressed concern that the move from Hall 3/3A to Hall 9 could result in a loss of business.
“Obviously, the members are prepared to make the best of the situation but we are worried that business may drop off. The bigger worry is that Glee loses its plant and garden focus and retail members are expressing this view.”
Croydon-based Glee organiser TPS has defended the decision, claiming the positioning of the nursery hall between landscaping and garden care will improve crossover buying.
In a statement to HW, TPS said it has had in-depth consultations with nursery exhibitors about the move to Hall 9 and is surprised by the comments. “The new hall plan gives Glee’s core garden centre buyers a sector-by-sector route to follow as they source these core products and services. Rather than losing focus, we have tightened the show’s focus to help these very important buyers.
TPS sales director Gordon Thomas added: “I consulted the HTA in the spring 2003. Before the move to Hall 9 was finalised, I visited every key UK-based exhibiting grower and invited them to view the hall while Spring Fair was on. All that came along were enthusiastic. Now we all have to work together to educate and enthuse all the buyers.”
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