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Hurrah for Harrogate!

Doors open for 57th festival on Sunday

It's the final countdown – there are just two days to go before doors open at Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival in the lovely spa town of Harrogate.

Running from Sunday to Wednesday, July 16-19, there are thousands of new launches waiting for the second buying season of the year, with hundreds of brands new to Home & Gift in one of the four Product Collections, alongside Eco, Best Of British and Christmas.

The 57th edition of the show also boast the Great Northern Retail Forum where media personality, journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter is the keynote speaker, talking on The Importance Of Made In Britain Products.

In her speech on Monday at 11am, Janet will also be discussing why being supportive is key in a post-Brexit country, and what can be learned from countries such as Italy.

Organised by Clarion Events, Home & Gift has built a strong reputation as a very social show among retailers, designers and manufacturers and provides a friendly and professional backdrop for sourcing products as well as networking and meeting industry leaders.

This year sees a record 25 per cent of the stands new to Home & Gift at the Harrogate International Centre, and show director Cleere Scammell said: 'We’re very excited to welcome so many new companies to the show this year as they provide a fantastic complement to the returning familiar brands.

'The fact that brands return time and time again is testament to the value of the show – whether you’re a large retailer or an independent trader, we offer a one-stop-shop for sourcing great products in time for Christmas and further ahead.

'The social scene is something we’ve really actively tried to put back in in the last few years, which is why we added the word festival to the name. There will be plenty of hygge at Home & Gift – as a Dane, I feel qualified to say that! It’s a Danish concept, about the pursuit of good feeling, intelligent conversation and is all about giving life an extra glow. If an event was hygge,” Home & Gift would pretty much be it, believe me!'

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