Glee’s owners rebrand as Hyve, offering the leading garden retail exhibition advanced opportunities for further development and growth

Owners of Glee, the UK’s leading garden retail exhibition, ITE Group plc has announced a name change and new brand identity which will mark a new chapter of business growth and development for the UK’s leading annual garden trade event, as well as the newly launched Pawexpo exhibition, which will present a fresh look at pet retailing. Continue reading

Glee 2019: sustainability and retail theatre drive optimism as suppliers and retailers gear-up for a buoyant 2020 season

An atmosphere of optimism resonated throughout the halls of Glee during September’s show. Following a buoyant spring and summer season, with many garden retailers experiencing strong growth in key categories, an upbeat trading atmosphere prevailed, underpinning the garden retail sector’s resilience to economic headwinds in the run-up to Brexit. In a year of monumental change for the industry, with 145 former Wyevale Garden Centres now in the hands of new operators, it has never been more vital for suppliers to forge new relationships with buyers – and Glee played a pivotal role by providing the ultimate networking platform that enabled new garden centre owners to witness the latest in innovation and confidently place orders for the 2020 season. Continue reading

Glee Buyers Power List 2019: the winners

The 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. Voting has been open since early summer, with nominations flooding in from all corners of the market. This afternoon (Wednesday 11th September) at a special ceremony the winners were revealed. Continue reading

Ellen Mary confirmed as host of Great British Growing Awards at Glee 2019

Ellen Mary – a well-known face within garden sector – has been confirmed as the host of Grow Your Own Magazine’s 2019 Great British Growing Awards. Taking place at Glee 2019 (Tuesday 10th September, Retail Growth Theatre) these exciting annual awards will recognise all that is great within the gardening industry – from tool companies, to seed suppliers, garden writers to fruit nurseries and everything in between, as well as garden volunteers and community growing spaces. Continue reading

Glee 2019 Retail Lab sponsor interview: EKJU

Retailers seeking products of the future and the latest in-store merchandising ideas need look no further than the Retail Lab at Glee. Now in its third year, this inspirational feature area, in association with the Horticultural Trades Association, is bursting with ideas. In fact, 61% of Glee’s visitors say they will attend Glee 2019 as a result of seeing the Retail Lab last year. Here, we meet one of the sponsors of this year’s feature – Latvian timber furniture and garden accessory manufacturers, EKJU – to find out more about why they have got involved with this thriving area of Glee 2019. Continue reading