Looking ahead to Glee 2019

As the leading trade show for the garden and outdoor leisure sector, Glee is a key date in the calendar.

With five months to go until the doors open on the 2019 event (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham), the show’s organisers confirm that this year’s exhibition will be a bigger and more vibrant showcase of the best the industry has to offer.

Glee prides itself on delivering a format for business growth, be that through locating new product innovation, sourcing new supply partners or simply through unrivalled networking and educational opportunities. The 2019 show will continue to build on this success, with the richest selection of content available at any garden retail exhibition.

Each year the show delivers in excess of 7,000 UK and international visitors, with a strong focus on senior level management and decision makers. At the 2018 event, over 60% of visitors had direct purchasing power, and over 70% placed orders either at the show, or post-event. This level of purchasing power is expected to increase as garden retailers continue to find a point of difference for their product offering ahead of the 2020 season.

To date, over 75% of the Glee 2019 floorplan has been reserved, with big name brands such as Westland, Evergreen Garden Care, Fiskars, Burgon & Ball, Apta, EP Barrus, Smart Garden Products, Kelkay, Tildenet, Woodlodge and Handy Distribution making their home within Glee’s central main thoroughfare, creating a central point of interest for visiting retailers from independent and multiple garden centres, DIY retailers, high street and department stores and online retail giants.

Away from the main boulevard, Glee 2019 will be a hotbed for the widest range of brands and innovators. From home and gift suppliers, to celebrated growers, suppliers of retail and business support services, and the best new and proven sellers from landscaping and garden décor, outdoor entertainment, and garden care brands. Over 550 exhibitors are expected to fill NEC halls 6-8, and 19-20, providing the biggest pool of engaged suppliers anywhere in the UK.

The show’s dedicated Pets at Glee section will be a feast for the senses as a range of pet powerhouses and unique brands come together to create the strongest showcase of this thriving sector. An area of significant growth, Pets at Glee will be THE place to source pet product suppliers, helping retailers to enjoy a slice of this £7billion industry.

Matthew Mein, Glee’s Event Director said: “Glee 2019 has been designed to pack even more of a punch. From the biggest collection of big-name brands and niche suppliers, to an unrivalled format for networking and growing businesses, there will be a reason for the whole garden retail team to visit Glee. We’re excited to share more of our development plans for the show with the industry over the coming months.”


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