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HortiTrends Weekly News - Glee 2014 Review - Don't Miss Oct/Nov Edition of Horticulture Connected - September 24th

We exhibited at Glee Birmingham this year, as an official media partner for Ireland, having previously visited the show for the last 15 years. It has always been an education and the skill you develop over time is telling the difference between real market trends and the hype. We got to meet many Irish garden retailers and distributors who in the general are positive about the event and the market in Ireland. The garden retailers are looking to fill a small gap that exists every year for new innovative products in their lines. Most big centres spend at least 2 days at the event, as its also a good occasion to get a feel for the general mood of the marketplace and speak with UK colleagues. There is a lot of ongoing networking between Irish and UK garden centres. Rachel Doyle of Arboretum is a big proponent and tells us that you cannot over estimate the value to your business. Rachel was also honoured with being one of the official judges for the 'Glee Retail Awards'. There was also lots of positive chatter about the recent IGCA congress in Ireland by those who made the trip and envy from those who didn't. Speaking to other exhibitors at the event, you also get a sense that they see Ireland as a recovering marketplace and are once again interested in the business that our market can generate. The consumer profile is very similar and the UK Trade & Investment body is advising that Ireland is a good market for manufacturers of British products.

We are currently putting together the 5th edition of the Horticulture Connected Journal for 2014 and are busy planning for 2015. If you want to connect with the recovering horticulture market in Ireland and Northern Ireland INprint, ONline & Social then please get in touch at joseph@horticulture.ie or call us on +353 87 9212044

Editor,
Joseph