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Harrogate Home and Gift (Buyers’ Festival) is open for business!

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Today is the first day of the Harrogate Home and Gift trade fair, which runs until Wednesday the 20th of July.

The trade fair has been given a new name, and is now the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, possibly with a nod to the fun atmosphere Harrogate provides, which helps it stand out from other trade events and makes it so popular with both exhibitors and visitors!

Yes, there is plenty of Yorkshire Tea drunk, but the Pimms bar is also incredibly popular ūüôā . There are four product trails to follow around the trade fair, the Eco Trail, Best of British Trail, New Product Trail and Christmas Trail.

We’re not exhibiting at the Buyers’ festival, an exhibitors stand is a little out of our price range (as they say in Yorkshire “‘Ow Much?!”), and if you can’t make the trade fair either but would like to discover some fabulous British made greeting cards and gifts for yourself, have a look at the trade and wholesale page on the Chiggs website, and get in touch with us!

Chiggs trade fair

The Great Northern Retail Forum takes place over three days of the fair (Sunday to Tuesday) with a line-up of retail experts and speakers offering various talks in The Forum next to Hall D.

Home and Gift Buyers Festival 2016 Opening Times:-

Sunday 17th July 9am – 6pm

Monday 18th July 9am- 6pm

Tuesday 19th July 9am- 6pm

Wednesday 20th July 9am- 4pm

Harrogate Nursery Fair consumer day has been scrapped

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Harrogate International Nursery Fair announced in November that the final day of the trade fair, Tuesday the 22nd of March would be open to both trade and public visitors.

I wrote a post about this decision at the time, reporting that the idea of a mixed trade and consumer day had initially proved controversial, but that the show’s organisers had said that following the uncertainty about how such a day would work, exhibitors were backing the idea. Well, possibly not, as it has now been announced that the public day has been scrapped, and as with previous years the final day of the show will be trade only.

Harrogate International Nursery Fair is the UK’s only nursery trade show, and takes place in March at the International Conference Centre on Kings Road in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate… a town that Chiggs is lucky enough to call ‘home’!

HIC nursery fair

 

Harrogate Nursery Fair weather update

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Tomorrow is the opening day of the biggest trade fair in the Nursery Industry’s calendar, The Harrogate Nursery¬†Fair at the International Conference Centre, Harrogate. Chiggs is fortunate to be based in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, with Chiggs HQ being a mere mile¬†up the road¬†from the conference Centre- how convenient!¬†

Harrogate Nursery Fair weather reportAlthough spring has officially sprung, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, and we seem to be in the grip of a new ice age in North Yorkshire at the moment! It snowed pretty much all day yesterday, and as I type this on Saturday morning the snow is still coming down accompanied by strong gusts of wind…brrrr!

The picture here is of our road- so you can see the volume of snow that has fallen on Harrogate in the last few hours! ¬†The local¬†roads in the area are very difficult, but the main roads in town are mostly clear. Here is a link to our local radio station, Stray Fm’s traffic and travel updates http://www.strayfm.com/trafficandtravel.php

¬†For those visitors flying in to the trade fair via Leeds Bradford Airport, however, the airport has been snow closed for periods over the last 36 hours with some delays, and it’s recommended that you check with your airline to get the latest updates- here is a link to the arrivals and departures updates on the Leeds Bradford¬†Airport website. ¬†http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/arrivals-and-departures

If you are visiting or exhibiting, I hope you have a very successful show- Chiggs doesn’t have¬† an exhibition stand this year, but if you would like any trade information and a wholesale price for Chiggs Wheels, we have a trade enquiry form¬†on the Chiggs website, or you can email us info@chiggs.co.uk and we will be delighted to send details of our unique, patented new baby gifts and greeting cards!

Nursery Fair Dates and opening times 
Sunday 24th March 2013: ¬†9:30am ‚Äď 6:00pm;

Monday 25th March 2013:¬†¬†9:30am ‚Äď 6:00pm;

Tuesday 26th March 2013 :¬†9:30am ‚Äď 4:00pm

Chiggs go Dutch

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

We’re very pleased to announce that we have secured a distributor for Chiggs Wheels covering the Benelux area. Nursery shops and greeting card retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg are able to request trade information and purchase Chiggs Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheels and Get Well Wheels¬†at wholesale rates from Babease/Verba.

Heidi, who runs Babease/Verba will be crossing the border from her business base in Belgium to exhibit Chiggs Wheels at the Pink and Blue Fair- the Dutch trade fair for baby and childrens products. Babease are on Stand BB13, and the show runs on Sunday the 25th of September (10-18.00) Monday the 26th of September (10-21.00- a long day!) and Tuesday the 27th of September (10-17.00) at Brabanthalle in Den Bosch (in Brabant, in the south of the country).

We’ve exhibited at trade shows ourselves, and know what hard work it is, so wish Heidi comfy shoes and a really successful show!

It’s hip to be square

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The Harrogate Home and Gift trade Show is over for another year. It ran from the 17th to the 20th of July, filling the whole of the International Conference Centre (and much more besides!). I’ve been attending as a visitor for the last 5 years, since I started with Chiggs, and this year seemed to be the biggest ever- they keep finding subterranean halls to open and fill with exhibitors, and I think now the whole of the underground car park has been turned into exhibitor space. I’m sure that the vast majority of residents of Harrogate have no idea about the acres of space, bustling with people, under Kings Road!

Many local hotels are also used for the Home and Gift Show, with The Cairn hosting Gitware exhibitors, and The Majestic having ‘gifts for Men’ in the hotel, a rather wonderful jazz band playing on the terrace, and its grounds filled with semi-permanent ‘marquees’ (that word doesn’t do them justice, they are better built than my first house was!)

I went to meet some Twitter friends who run businesses exhibiting there, to browse businesses supplying products Chiggs need to purchase to make our business run smoothly (display units, stationery, packaging, embellishments etc ) and to check out the trends in the greeting card and gift market (if ¬†‘bunting’ is the new ‘cupcakes’ I wonder what the new ‘bunting’ will be?!)

Another trend that struck me is ‘square’ greeting cards. Now, I didn’t set out to design only square cards, the dial that makes the cards so useful and unique, in many ways, dictated the size and shape of Chiggs Wheels.¬†¬†While some greeting card publishers have a variety of shapes and sizes in their ranges (including a few square cards), I noticed a few companies exhibiting at this year’s trade show¬†whose entire range was square. It’s hip to be square!

More info:-Chiggs Wheels are approx 13cm x 13cm square, supplied with a white envelope and sealed in a cellophane wrapper with a printed insert. They are available to buy from the Chiggs online shop, from a variety of independent retailers, and at trade and wholesale rates exclusively from Chiggs.

The (nursery) fair is coming to town!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Activity at the Conference Centre

As I whizzed through town yesterday, I noticed lots of activity at the Harrogate Conference Centre, preparing for the¬†¬†nursery industry’s favourite trade fair, which¬†starts¬†very soon¬†on Sunday the 27th of March, and continues until Tuesday the 29th.

We have exhibited our Chiggs  Baby Feed Wheels and  Baby Medicine Wheels  twice previously at the  Harrogate Nursery Fair, and both fairs have been fantastic. It is always a pleasure to get out of Chiggs Towers and meet other businesses involved in the Nursery Industry, but the best part has been meeting the people running the businesses that sell Chiggs Wheels, and gaining new stockists.

 Much of our wholesale business is done over the internet, Chiggs can process trade enquiries, orders and payments from companies without having to meet, so having an exhibition stand at a trade fair such as the Harrogate Nursery Fair gave us an opportunity to meet, sometimes for the first time, people from companies that we had been doing business with for years!

Trade shows are also a great chance for us to introduce Chiggs Wheels¬†to shops and etailers looking to stock innovative parenting products,¬†and those looking¬†to offer their customers something different:- new-baby¬†must haves, products to add to a¬†breastfeeding or bottlefeeding range¬†or new baby congratulations cards that are actually useful for the new parents. Of course, the Baby Feed Wheel and the Baby Medicine Wheels tick all those boxes (and more ūüôā )¬†and we have found many new stockists through the trade fairs we have exhibited at.

While we are not exhibiting at the Nursery Fair this year (we’re hoping to do a greeting card/ gift fair later in the year, so that we can showcase our full range of Chiggs Wheels, including the ‘Get Well Wheel’ get well soon card), I’m looking forward to visiting- I will report back!

Nursery Fair Dates and opening times
Sunday 27th March 2011
9:30am – 6:00pm
Monday 28th March 2011
9:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday 29th March 2011
9:30am – 4:00pm

Fair’s Fair.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

It’s a shame the Harrogate Nursery Fair that was scheduled for the 19th and 20th of October ’10 has been cancelled. The Baby Show for Trade due to be held at London’s Olympia earlier in the month is a little far for us- mind you, with the Harrogate International Conference Centre just one mile away from Chiggs Towers, we are rather spoilt to have access to trade shows right on our doorstep!

Chiggs has visited a fair few trade shows over the years, and we’ve enjoyed exhibiting at some of them, too.¬† We exhibited at the ¬†Harrogate Nursery Fair just after starting up in March 2006, where the Baby Feed Wheel (at the time our only product!) received an excellent response. We were thrilled to be chosen by trade mag Childrenswear Buyer Magazine as one of their ‘picks of the show’.

Display of Chiggs Wheels at trade fair

Having only just started Chiggs, we were very new to the baby goods business way back then, but we met some lovely people, and found the nursery industry to be very friendly-  fellow exhibitors offered helpful advice, and we received wholesale orders from many new retail outlets who are still ordering  Chiggs Wheels from us nearly 5 years later.

More recently, last year we exhibited Chiggs Wheels at two rather different trade fairs, the first being Card and Wrap (which was part of the Christmas and Gift fair) held in Harrogate in January. We had a stand in the lovely conservatory room in the famous Harrogate hotel The Old Swan. It really was a super place to spend 3 days (not least because our stand was next to the complementary tea, coffee and biscuits- result!)

This trade fair was aimed at¬†greeting card and gift retailers, and we had brilliant feedback about the Baby Feed Wheel as an original, out-of-the-ordinary ‘new baby’ congratulations card, and the Get Well Wheel was very popular as a get well soon card that was not only very different from the usual, but useful, too. Because all Chiggs Wheels are supplied with an envelope and sealed in a cellophane wrapper, they are perfect products for greeting card retailers, and we¬†gained many new stockists from all over the UK at that show.

A couple of months later, in March ’09 it was ‘back to babies’, and we exhibited again at the Harrogate Nursery Fair. Our daughter, Holly, was involved as always, coming down after school to help give out leaflets- a job she absolutely loves, so much so that she’s constantly asking when our next trade exhibition will be! I’m assuming this is because she loves helping with her Mummy’s business, and not because she knows that lots of stands hand out sweets, mints and other goodies!