Events and Show

Pet product winner

Twenty-two companies in the pet care industry were honoured on Sunday 24 September 2017 at the PetQuip Awards Dinner & Party, which took place in the Ludlow Suite at the Telford International Centre, in association with PATS Telford.  


Also presented was a Lifetime Achievement Award for Terry Brown, the founder and current chairman of Pedigree Wholesale Ltd, one of the UK’s largest wholesalers in the independent pet and aquatic trade.


In front of a packed UK and international retailer and supplier audience that represented all sectors of the pet…

PetQuip Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

PetQuip Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 Introductory speech by Amanda Sizer Barrett, MBE director general of PetQuip


The winner of this year’s PetQuip Lifetime Achievement Award is the owner of a family business founded in 1926 by his grandfather as boarding kennels, a farm was acquired and the business expanded again into breeding farm livestock. 

Our award winner, the founder’s grandson, helped out on the farm from an early ageand on the day he passed his driving test he was sent by his father to work at the kennels.

In 1963 the…

scotland garden centre

MEMBERS of The Garden Centre Association (GCA) in Scotland and Northern Ireland are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening yesterday (Thursday, September 7, 2017) at Klondyke Mayfield.


In Scotland The Mains of Drum Garden Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the Year in the Garden Centre (GC) category and Simpsons Garden Centre in the Destination Garden Centre (DGC) category. In Northern Ireland the award for Garden Centre of the Year (GC) went to Creative Gardens Donaghadee.


Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “The…

colourcare range

Liberon, the leading woodcare brand, is bringing a splash of colour to the garden with its new Garden ColourCare range. Featuring four products, all benefiting from the same advanced formulations as Liberon’s standard exterior woodcare range, the new collection has been developed to introduce a choice of colours to any exterior wood, from decking to garden furniture.


Garden ColourCare Decorative Furniture Oil

Ideal for teak, exotic wood or pine, the Garden ColourCare Decorative Furniture Oil can revamp all exterior woodworks and garden furniture.…


The team from the Gardenex and PetQuip associations will be promoting and supporting Glee in 2017 with a wide range of activities to help boost business for Glee’s UK exhibitors. 


The Gardenex and PetQuip team will be based on the International Buyers’ Centre which is located in Hall 18 (StandM60/N61).  The facility provides a hub for visiting buyers who attend the show from around the world.  As well as meeting with international buyers and addressing their UK product sourcing enquiries, the team will be available throughout the show to meet with existing member…

Garland/Worth Gardening launches over 70 new products at Glee

Garland / Worth Gardening will be making a major statement with the launch of over 70 new products on its Stand Hall 18H10-K11 at Glee in 2017.


New products to be launched include:

  • A self-watering grow pot tower that has an 11ltr planting capacity.It stands 1.5m high and has an aluminium tube top frame with four plastic rings that fit securely into the main base pot.The towers are ideal for growing tomatoes, peppers sweet peas etc.
  • Hanging basket liners, consisting of capillary matting and universal liners.…

Vintage Posy

RHS and licensees out in force at major UK garden and outdoor living trade event


This year’s GLEE — the UK’s most valuable garden and outdoor living trade show for the retail industry, taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 11-13 September — will see a major RHS undertaking to raise awareness of its home and gifting offering to the gardening products retail trade.


Glee 2016

The growth of the Garden Lighting category shows no sign of abating. This continued increase is, in part, due to the enduring trend to invest in outside spaces, treating them as an extension of the home. More recently however, it has been fuelled by the dynamic expansion of lighting options made available to consumers, in particular solar lighting where there are no cables or connectivity issues.


Smart Solar – the market leading brand from Smart Garden Products - has a rich heritage in the design and manufacture of high quality solar powered lighting, and at Glee 2017 …

Glee 2016

Joining Glee’s keynote roster in 2017 will be well-known naturalist, film maker, author and co-designer of several award-winning garden wildlife products, Simon King OBE.


Simon will be presenting a special off-one session on Tuesday 12th September (2:10 – 2:30pm within Glee’s seminar theatre, Retail Lab) entitled ‘The Secrets to a Successful Wildlife Garden’. 


Never before has there been such a wide choice of products to help attract and support wildlife in your garden. Whether you have a square metre in the heart of the city or a rambling spread in…

Glee Pets

This year Glee will be home to its strongest pet contingent for many years. From the PetQuip Business Village that has doubled in size, to the wealth of UK and international exhibitors and the newly introduced Buyer Connect event, pet buyers and garden retailers will be spoilt for choice.  


With a recent report suggesting that 70% of UK garden centres now feature a dedicated pet care section, it is clear that the UK’s love for their pets shows no sign of slowing.  In fact, total spending on pet care in the UK reached a record high of around £5.08bn last year as the role…

David Nicholson

One of the most innovative features at the annual Glee exhibition, the Retail Lab @ Glee – new for 2017 - has secured backing from a wide range of leading suppliers, who have come on board as ‘Preferred Supplier Partner’ and ‘Selected Supplier Partner’ of the Retail Lab’s four trend-lead areas.  Here, ‘Preferred Supplier Partner’ Elho’s Sales Manager UK & Ireland, David Nicholson tells us more about Elho’s plans for the Retail Lab @ Glee.


Can you tell us more about what products you will displaying?

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Glee 2017

On Monday 11th September, Glee will be welcoming award-winning gardening journalist and TV presenter, Nick Bailey, to the stage as this year’s keynote speaker.


Leading not one, but three sessions as part of Glee’s ever-popular seminar programme, Nick’s keynote speech will focus on the latest emerging trends in gardens, how garden centres can utilise garden shows as a way of promotion, and the diverse ways that the younger generations can engage with horticulture.


With 25 years’ experience under his belt, Nick has carved out a career within both the…