GardenSite is off to Glee this weekend, the UK's leading garden wholesale buying event.
Anticipating what's going to be 'on trend' during 2014, sourcing new products and renewing old acquaintances are all important aspects of the show that's held at the NEC in Birmingham (15th - 17th September 2013).
We need to know what products our customers are going to be asking for next year, so that we can stock and retail them at the keenest prices.
Believe it or not, exhibitors from 54 different countries attended last year including all the industry's big brands, so Glee is the perfect opportunity to see the entire range of garden products from all over the world.
We're going to be like bees in a honey pot, working hard but enjoying all that's happening in today's gardening world. With over 500 exhibitors, it's going to be a tiring day but we don't mind if GardenSite can offer you the best and most innovative products online next year.
Particularly interesting will be the 'New Product Showcase', where they'll be a wide selection of garden related equipment that's fresh to the market. It's our job to stay ahead of the game, offering you quality products as soon as they appear.
There's also the Glee awards where merchandise in various categories is judged on innovation and design. These are prestigious awards and if they are good enough for Glee we will be bringing them to you.
Much better than using a crystal ball to foretell the future, we'll be taking time out in the The 'Innovators Zone', discovering the most exciting products and ways of thinking to hit the garden market.
The seminars we'll be attending will be addressed by well respected figures and cover a wide variety of topics. Undoubtedly the best result from listening to these industry leaders will be to offer you a better service (if that's possible!).
So a hard working few days in store but you can be certain that all the award winners and outstanding products will be available to you on GardenSite in the coming year.
Keep visiting our Glee as it happens Blog next week for our news and reviews from the show.
For more information visit the official Glee website.
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