I went to Glee yesterday, had it been open Sunday that would have suited me better. Last year it took me thereabouts the whole day to get round it all, this year saw me round in about three and a half hours.
I don't know if it was smaller this year or not but it seems to me it was.
Apart from researching some products to add to my seriousgardener
website, (small light, and easily posted) I had a nose round at the ironwork, apart from one british firm there, it was mostly of Chinese or of Indian origin. Haddonstone make their own ironwork which is good quality, though I think a little expensive but they didn't have anything there.
A talked to a few stand holders, those I talked to had mixed views of their responses, there wasn't the look of desperation about any of them that I noticed on some stands at the autumn fair. A lot of the stands seemed smaller than last year, I understand it is an expensive show to exhibit at, though I haven't enquired, when you add other costs to the stand prices, unless you have very deep pockets you need to be very confident it will work for you.
I was surprised that nobody offered me a catalogue on a CD or memory stick, with some of the catalogues larger than yellow pages, it would be pretty useful I think. Some very savvy visitors had equiped themselves with wheeled shopping baskets to collect literature.
I found some bits and pieces there that may be useful for my daughter who teaches early years at a primary school, there are quite a few products at the show made from recycle plastics which has got to be a step forward.
There show did seem to be fairly busy although Petindex was being held at the same time, I didn't look at that.
I have had it suggested to me by some of my clients that it would be a good place for me to exhibit my garden products, looking at the competition there, our garden arches
and other plant supports would do well in terms of quality. Pricing against far eastern products in terms of price without consideration of other factors, weight of materials, durability, quality and strength, would disadvantage us though the market we would find is probably different.
I am hoping to exhibit at the LJN show next year and am confident that it should work well for us.