ONE of Harrogate Conventions Centre’s longest-running trade shows enjoyed record-breaking sales and footfall in January following an expansion last year.
Christmas & Gift Fair has been a regular event on the Convention Centre’s
calendar for almost 70 years and was expanded in 2017 into the venue’s Hall Q. Many
of the 50 exhibitors in the 3,300sqm hall reported big successes over the four
days of the most recent show, which ran from January 14 to 17.
Cornelius, of long-standing exhibitor Playwrite Group, said: “We had one of our
best years ever at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. Orders were up nearly 50 per
cent on last year and we have a large number of high quality enquiries to
follow up on. We are very much looking forward to next year.”
other areas of the show, exhibitors reported record levels of business.
Simon Lightbown, of Sincere Floral, said: “We’ve been coming
to the show for 17 years and we’ve actually had our best ever year for orders
taken and new customers gained. It’s been really great.”
Meanwhile one of the show’s biggest exhibitors, Festive
Productions, also reported a best-ever performance. Sales director James
Marshall said: “This year has been a record show for us in terms of, footfall,
physical orders and quotations.
“The Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair is probably the
most important show of the year for us. Our customers prefer Harrogate.”
Continuing the growing trend of recent years,
the Christmas & Gift Fair has continued to diversify into the growing
Halloween market and gift-led ranges including aromatherapy products, candles,
jewellery and personalised novelties.
Michael Nicholas of Luxa London said: “We
come to Harrogate Christmas & Gift because all of the big buyers and
suppliers attend – it’s a one-stop-shop and you will find everyone here.”
Bookings for the 2019 Christmas & Gift
Fair, which runs from January 13 to 16, open on March 1. For more information head