GTN October 2021 - Garden Trade News, UK

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Glee-full time at the NEC

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hat a wonderful time we had at Glee! The show certainly lived up to its name this year. Aisles full of happy buyers with money to spend and exhibitors with hordes of new products for them to order. A Glee-full time appeared to be had by all. The GTN team certainly had a great Glee. The New Product Showcase and Awards had an amazing number of innovative new products that will undoubtedly ring through garden centre tills in 2022. Our readers, on-line, voted in their hundreds for the winners of the Glee Buyers Power List and what a worthy list of winners they were! And we capped it all with Floral Thursday for Greenfingers where more exhibitors and visitors then ever got involved in the FUNdraising for the charity that creates magical gardens at Children’s Hospices. All reported twice a day throughout the show by the GTN team in Glee Daily News. In this issue we attempt to give a flavour of Glee 2021 and all the happiness those who made the journey to the NEC experienced. Wasn’t it just so

In this issue...

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Vitax increases range and capacity Remembering Eddie Topping MBE Capturing the essence of Autumn at Chelsea Get Grilling with Traeger

Glee 2021 19 Glee 2021 – a special return 20 Glee Buyers Power List 22 Glee New Product Awards 26 Sustainability Award – Southern Trident

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good to be able to see people and products for real after 18 months of Zoom! In November’s issue of GTN we’ll be publishing a full directory of the products entered into the Glee New Products Showcase and Awards, so you’ll be able to make sure you haven’t missed any opportunities to buy products that could be swelling turnover next year. And now, post Glee we turn our thoughts to Christmas which has seen a slower start than the previous few years due to a mix of later Christmas openings, stock still not arriving and latterly the petrol shortages. If that is the effect of panic buying caused by the media, should we start a rumour to get panic buying of pots and pot feet? In the background we’re working out how to run The Greatest Christmas Awards for 2021. Several of you have already expressed your interest to enter and be judged. Watch this space and look out for announcements in GTN Xtra over the coming weeks. I can feel a ho, ho, ho coming on… See you again soon!

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28 Glee 2021 Gallery 34 Floral Thursday 36 GTN Bestsellers Subscription Offer 37 GTN Bestsellers – September garden centre sales analysis and charts 43 Garden Centre Books 44 HTA Column – Tales of the unexpected 45 GIMA Column – The future is looking bright

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