Visitor numbers at garden retail trade show Glee show uplift

Organisers of the Glee trade show have said that the overall number of retailers attending the show this year was higher than last - and included more key decision makers, buyers, and business owners.

In a statement following the show they said there was "a particularly high penetration of UK garden centres" with 98 per cent of Garden Centre Association (GCA) members visiting the show.

Event director Matt Mein said: "From the comments we have received from both buyers and suppliers, this has been the most vibrant and exciting Glee of recent years. It was clear that plenty of business was being done, new opportunities were being forged, and people were seizing the chance to network and build their professional knowledge. 

Organisers said show visitor numbers were "a few hundred more than last year".  In 2014 there were 7,000, in 2013, 7,600 and 2012, 9,000.

Among retailers to give positive feedback were Nathan Dodd, buyer at; Heidi Towse, head of buying at Homebase; and Conna Powles, buying director at Haskins Garden Centres.

Exhibitors pleased with how the show went included John MacQueen, director at outdoor cooking, heating and lighting specialist Big Fire; Des Stokes, national sales manager at natural stone and porcelain paving supplier Global Stone; Peter Darban, managing director of equipment and garden tools company Darlac; Simon Goodwin, director at outdoor heating and oven supplier La Hacienda, Outdoor kitchen products company The Alfresco Chef managing director Katey Brennand and Hedge Designer Landscape Solutions.

Glee will relaunch with revamped layouts and new product area names in 2016.

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