Welcome to the second issue of Fresh Inspiration

A warm welcome at Glee 2014Glee’s dedicated free digital product guide. With Glee 2015 now just a few weeks away (16 days and counting!), we hope the guide will provide some essential insight into some great products launching at the show. Consider it a sneak-peek before seeing them live at the NEC next month.

In this issue we have asked two industry buyers their thoughts on great products. In fact this issue is even bigger and better than issue one – we hope you enjoy it! To find out more simply follow the link below:


Fresh Inspiration is fully interactive, with links to all of the featured exhibitors profiles and websites. Future editions – available throughout the following weeks – will each primarily focus on one specific area of the garden retail spectrum. Do keep your eyes peeled for them landing in your inbox soon!

I invite you to look through these pages and discover the freshest and most inspiring products, available now or being launched exclusively at this year’s event.

Local furniture retailer, Cousins, enjoy successful 30th anniversary celebrations

AF3A4485Last weekend one of the most iconic local furniture retailers, Cousins, celebrated its 30th anniversary in true style! Bringing the 80s well and truly back, both its Dudley and Tyseley stores were a hive of activity including special anniversary discounts, face-painting and classic party games for the children, as well as Smooth radio in-store keeping the party theme going with classic tunes.

A true family-business, the Cousins team were on hand throughout the weekend to help customers make the most of the celebratory atmosphere.  Company founder Robert Shotton, said: “What a weekend!  Turning 30 is such a significant milestone, so it was great to see so many people taking the time to come out to celebrate with us. Footfall was strong throughout the weekend, sales were being made and the stores were filled with laughter from the children who were greatly enjoying the face painting, balloon animals and pass the parcel games. Our thanks go to all those who helped celebrations go with a bang!”

Dedicated to supporting the local community, the Cousins team also used their anniversary to help make a difference to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a special balloon launch. Over the weekend 500 balloons were sold and another 500 are expected to be sold during this weekend’s trading. Together these 1,000 plus balloons will be launched on Tuesday 1st September, providing a poignant moment to remember those loved ones and to help raise further funds and awareness of the tireless and vital work that the hospital undertakes every day.

Robert added: “We’re not quite done with the celebrations just yet. Throughout the Bank Holiday weekend we will have even more exciting special discounts. So if you were unable to join us last weekend, why not pop in this coming weekend for a glass of bubbly!”

Glee Top 100 Products: a barometer for key trends

gleeGlee 2015 will be home to thousands of new product launches once the exhibition doors open next month (Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th September, NEC Birmingham). But Glee is not just a three day show; it is also an unrivalled 365 day resource, providing inspiration and access to the latest supplier news and product information. This is best represented by the newly introduced Top 100 Product chart, which is housed at www.gleebirmingham.com. This live chart showcases the top products that buyers are viewing right now, offering an unrivalled insight into future trends and bestsellers.   Continue reading

Glee Buyers Power List 2015: the shortlist

PrintThe inaugural Glee Buyers Power List has been set-up to recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference within the garden retail industry this year. Launched to the market in May the nominations have been flooding in, and details of those shortlisted have been announced by Glee’s organising team at i2i Events.  Continue reading

Forest’s Take Me to The Till: a proven retail tool

TMTTT Squircle Stand with Header Board2015SMBeing market-leading suppliers means more than just getting the product right. Supporting retailers with merchandising and POS support is just as vital, and helps leading brands such as Forest to cement long-term and profitable relationships with its customers. One merchandising concept which has helped the company to highlight its ongoing commitment to providing the best possible tools is Take Me to The Till (TMTTT). Continue reading

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Annual Summer Garden Party 2015

Harrison Clark Rickerbys Garden Party  (1024x683)Guests at Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Annual Summer Garden Party enjoyed great company, good wine and excellent entertainment in a traditional garden setting.

Using its Worcester head office as a venue, one of the UK’s leading law firms entertained clients, contacts and friends who represented a variety of business sectors from around the region and beyond. Over a glass of wine and some excellent canapés guests chatted, reconnected and exchanged business stories while gentle summer jazz drifted through the buzz of conversation.

Jonathan Brew, Senior Partner, who officially welcomed the guests, said of the event; “Our Summer Garden Party is one of our favourite events of the year. It’s an opportunity for us to say thank you to businesses which have supported us over the last 12 months. Seeing familiar faces here each year confirms to us the strength of the lasting relationships that we have built within the community. It was also great to welcome many new faces, showing that our influence in the County is stronger than ever”.