Exhibition organiser Hyve has unveiled Autumn Fair @ Home and Glee Gathering, two virtual forums in September substituting the live shows.
These forums will provide exhibitors and attendees with the opportunity to showcase and discover new products, engage with suppliers via “The Virtual Showroom”, and hear market leading content from retailers and trend forecasters on what 2021 may hold.
Autumn Fair @ Home will be held on 8th and 9th September. Glee Gathering follows a week later on 15th and 16th September.
Julie Driscoll, UK Regional Director said: “There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted retail this year, however, we believe that now is the time to help refuel retail and help our community to bounce back. We hope that the free forums that we are offering to our customers this September really help to kickstart product discovery.”
More about Glee Gathering
Participation in the event will be free for suppliers committing to exhibit at Glee 2021.
Familiar features of Glee have been preserved. GIMA Connect will be a virtual edition of the GIMA Speed networking and buyers will have the opportunity to watch a Dragons’ Den style New Product Awards.
Product show case hours
Core of the event will be the product showcase hours. Suppliers within each product category have been invited to submit 5-minute videos showing their key products. 10 brands will be featured and buyers will be encouraged watch and to set up virtual meetings with the suppliers that interest them.
In a similar fashion, suppliers will be able to request an online meeting with the retailers they wish to engage with.
The showcase videos, once broadcast will also be available on demand for at least a week, giving buyers the opportunity to catch up, or re-watch.
Gardenforum Special Feature
Gardenforum will be running a Special Feature on Products and Deals for 2021 from 3rd September. This will give suppliers the opportunity to generate interest in their highlights for next year, in advance of the Glee Gathering.
Suppliers wishing to submit editorial and images for our Special Feature can find out more on www.gardenforum.co.uk/autumn-features.