Lapping Up The Taste Of Freedom At Harrogate Home & Gift

As the first trade show in the gift sector for a year and a half, there was much anticipation about how Harrogate Home & Gift (which took place from last Sunday July 18 until Wednesday July 21) would pan out and how retailers and suppliers would interact.

What was very clear from the off was just how much everyone enjoyed seeing one another, with little evidence of mask wearing and much evidence of big smiles.

PG Buzz shares a flavour of the show…

Above: The show was the official launch of the Henry and Co home fragranced collections – a diversification for retailer, Penmark. (Left-right: Bob Harper, Kat Kaminski, Mark Rees, Jo Stubbs and Steve Powell). (https://www.pgbuzz.net/penmarks-transformation-includes-a-wholesale-launch-into-home-fragranced-products/). “It has been fabulous to have had such positive feedback to the launch face to face,” said Mark Rees, md of the company.
Above: The show was the official launch of the Henry and Co home fragranced collections – a diversification for retailer, Penmark. (Left-right: Bob Harper, Kat Kaminski, Mark Rees, Jo Stubbs and Steve Powell). “It has been fabulous to have had such positive feedback to the launch face to face,” said Mark Rees, md of the company.
Above: “We are so delighted to be here as we feel like we are part of an industry again!” exclaimed Janet Hartree (right) and Sara Baines of Ewe & Me and Ewe Two Grantown on Spey.
Above: “We are so delighted to be here as we feel like we are part of an industry again!” exclaimed Janet Hartree (right) and Sara Baines of Ewe & Me and Ewe Two Grantown on Spey.
Above: “I was a bit apprehensive before the show as to how people would react, but that very quickly turned to happiness with so many retailers thanking us for exhibiting. It has been quite humbling,” said James Mace, sales and marketing manager of The Art File (who is pictured here with Karen Mace, his mother, co-founder of the business on the stand).
Above: “I was a bit apprehensive before the show as to how people would react, but that very quickly turned to happiness with so many retailers thanking us for exhibiting. It has been quite humbling,” said James Mace, sales and marketing manager of The Art File (who is pictured here with Karen Mace, his mother, co-founder of the business on the stand).
Above: “I didn’t have high expectations, but I have had an amazing show. Roll on PG Live next week!” said Helen Walters (left) of Schmunki Verse, who enjoyed a catch up with the GCA’s Amanda Fergusson.
Above: “I didn’t have high expectations, but I have had an amazing show. Roll on PG Live next week!” said Helen Walters (left) of Schmunki Verse, who enjoyed a catch up with the GCA’s Amanda Fergusson.
Above: “It has been great that everyone has been so positive. We’ve taken lots of orders, and they were larger than expected!” commented (right) David Fielder, co-owner of 2 To Tango to PG’s Warren Lomax.
Above: “It has been great that everyone has been so positive. We’ve taken lots of orders, and they were larger than expected!” commented (right) David Fielder, co-owner of 2 To Tango to PG’s Warren Lomax.
Above: Celebrated potter and expert judge on BBC 2’s The Great British Throw Down, Keith Brymer-Jones was there doing demonstrations on the Forma House stand.
Above: Celebrated potter and expert judge on BBC 2’s The Great British Throw Down, Keith Brymer-Jones was there doing demonstrations on the Forma House stand.
Above: “It’s been good. There are fewer people here, but everyone who has ordered has gone big,” said Sarah Heycock, owner of Penny Lindop.
Above: “It’s been good. There are fewer people here, but everyone who has ordered has gone big,” said Sarah Heycock, owner of Penny Lindop.
Above: Meg Garrod was delighted by her first every trade show debut.
Above: Meg Garrod was delighted by her first every trade show debut.
Above: Cardzone managing director Paul Taylor enjoyed a catch up in the sun at the end of the show with Karen Ebers, owner of Something Special in Edenbridge.
Above: Cardzone managing director Paul Taylor enjoyed a catch up in the sun at the end of the show with Karen Ebers, owner of Something Special in Edenbridge.
Above: “It has been quite emotional, in a very good way,” admitted Steve Davies, md of Joe Davies. “Customers have been so happy to be here. It is great to feel normal after such a long time.” Steve (second left) is pictured with Max Publishing’s Ian Hyder (far right) and Greg (far left) and Miranda Warrington of Sourcing Support Asia.
Above: “It has been quite emotional, in a very good way,” admitted Steve Davies, md of Joe Davies. “Customers have been so happy to be here. It is great to feel normal after such a long time.” Steve (second left) is pictured with Max Publishing’s Ian Hyder (far right) and Greg (far left) and Miranda Warrington of Sourcing Support Asia.
Above: Woodmansterne’s Caroline Lawson (right) with PG’s Jakki Brown, about to enjoy a free G&T, courtesy of Harrogate Tipple which was served on the lawn outside the DP marquees every day of the show from 5pm.
Above: Woodmansterne’s Caroline Lawson (right) with PG’s Jakki Brown, about to enjoy a free G&T, courtesy of Harrogate Tipple which was served on the lawn outside the DP marquees every day of the show from 5pm.
Above: Neela Chatakondu (left) of Deva Glass took a break from her part time job as a GP to exhibit at the show. Pictured here with GCA ceo Amanda Fergusson.
Above: Neela Chatakondu (left) of Deva Glass took a break from her part time job as a GP to exhibit at the show. Pictured here with GCA ceo Amanda Fergusson.
Above: Matt Bates of The Pier Gifts and Home in Blackpool with fellow Lancasterian indie, Andrea Pinder of Presentation in Barrowford.
Above: Matt Bates of The Pier Gifts and Home in Blackpool with fellow Lancasterian indie, Andrea Pinder of Presentation in Barrowford.
Above: “It’s been great. Instead of retailers taking catalogues and saying they will be in touch, they ordered there and then,” David Thomson, owner of Two Little Monkeys told PG Buzz.
Above: “It’s been great. Instead of retailers taking catalogues and saying they will be in touch, they ordered there and then,” David Thomson, owner of Two Little Monkeys told PG Buzz.
Above: It was a resounding “Cheers” from Coulson Macleod. “We have had an amazing show – so great to see people,” said Hannah MacLeod enjoying a drink after the show with her partner (in life and business), Mark Coulson.
Above: It was a resounding “Cheers” from Coulson Macleod. “We have had an amazing show – so great to see people,” said Hannah MacLeod enjoying a drink after the show with her partner (in life and business), Mark Coulson.

Above: People enjoying catching up at the end of the show last Monday evening.

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