Glee bows to trend with space review

Glee is to concentrate more on core gardening in 2012 after the garden trade show saw visitor numbers fall to 11,148 in September 2011 from 13,050 in 2010.

Visitors interested in pet care fell most after Glee organiser EMAP moved the pet care hall and faced competition from the Aqua and PATS events.

But garden care space at the 700-exhibitor NEC show was up by 1,000sq m. Garden design, home and gift and retail services were flat. The revamped planteria will be tweaked to give it a more intimate feel in 2012.

In garden leisure, Glee said core exhibitors do well, despite sector show Solex being in June and multiples buying early in China.

New seminar concepts are set to keep visitors closer to exhibitors rather than in separate lecture theatres.

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