The beginning of the year can be a quieter time for the landscaping, horticulture and gardening industries. However this is also the perfect time to start looking ahead at trends and building relationships with the media, suppliers and fellow industry people. If you want to know more about what's already in store, take a look at some of our top event picks for the month ahead...
The Garden Press Event 2015, 12th February
The Garden Press Event 2015 will take place this week on Thursday 12th February at the Barbican Exhibition Halls in London. Organised by the company, Media Events, the Garden Press Event is designed for the Garden retail industry to showcase their products to the press.
The event, supported by GIMA, BHETA, HTA, BALI, HEA and the Garden Media Guild, has been running since 2006. It was the idea of the Chair of Greenfingers, Richard Jackson and Guy Burtenshaw, Director of Media Events, to organise an exhibition for the industry and give it exposure to key names in the press and media.
The Garden Press Event gives the garden industry an opportunity to present their products and stories to over 250 media professionals from TV, radio, National Press and magazines. Over 60 exhibitors travelling from as far as Holland, Germany and France, have already booked and spaces are filling fast. The event is already set to be even more successful than last year with bookings rising by 38%.
The UK Grower Awards 2015, 25th February
Celebrating the best in the UK production horticulture industry, the UK Grower Awards gives professionals the opportunity to showcase their achievements and congratulate staff on all their efforts and contributions.
The event taking place on 25th February will be giving British commercial growers the chance to raise their profile and show potential customers what they can offer them. Small businesses have more opportunity to take part this year due to changes being made to the entry process. To find out more about the entry process, visit the official event website.
This year you can expect to find an expanded range of categories for the fruit sector, including new categories for growers serving the viticulture and cider markets. There is heightened interest from supermarkets in sourcing UK fruit, veg and flowers at the moment due to UK food security being back on the agenda. Independent retailers are also wanting to differentiate through locally sourced ornamental stock.
The 2015 Garden Retail Awards, 26th February
Garden Retail businesses will have the valued opportunity of being able to showcase their services as well as their successes at the Garden Retail Awards. The awards are a great platform for companies to present their achievements to key industry figures and motivate their staff.
Horticulture Week, horticulture’s leading business and professional magazine, will be presenting the Garden Retail awards, and according to the magazine, they are set to create a big impact across the garden retail sector.
What about you?
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