The 2023 edition of Home & Gift Harrogate, UK retail’s summer trade show for the gift and home industry, concluded on 19th July.
Held in the Harrogate Convention Centre and the grounds of the DoubleTree By Hilton, the show reports that exhibitors saw significantly higher footfall YoY, with an overall growth of +14% and a +9% increase in the individual companies that attended.
The show also benefited from a +15% increase in buyers from garden centres, a +48% increase in museum and gallery buyers, and a +63% increase in those from department stores, says organiser Clarion Events, adding: "These robust numbers indicate a strong Q3/4 ahead for the retail industry, and increased positivity for customer spending ahead of 2024."
Over 500 exhibitors took part, with more than 150 of them making their show debut.
The positivity felt by exhibitors across the show floor translated into bookings for the 2024 edition, with a record 66% of next year’s plan having already been accounted for by the show end.
Home & Gift also held a range of networking events and celebrations over the four days.
Show manager David Westbrooke concludes: “For over 60 years, suppliers and retailers alike have put their trust in Home & Gift to help grow their business, and this edition was no exception. To see such a large increase in footfall - with all the subsequent connections made and orders taken - speaks volumes about the high regard in which this show is held within the industry. The record-breaking rebook was the icing on the cake. Roll on 2024!”
Next year's event will take place from 21-24th July.