Glee Tradeshow Outdoor Living and Garden on Display

Glee Tradeshow Outdoor Living and Garden on Display

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Glee is an outdoor living and garden tradeshow of its kind. It’s the best way of discovering top market products while sourcing unique products from various categories on show, perhaps to set yourself apart from your rivals and be inspired by the best. Glee is a great place to view hundreds of fresh products new in the market while discovering the future trends of buyers and meeting more than 500 suppliers from around the UK and beyond. Glee Birmingham 2016 will take place at the NEC Birmingham in the UK from the 12th of September to the 14th.

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Why visit the Glee tradeshow

If you’ve been to a garden trade display before, you probably haven’t seen anything like Glee, if the i2i Event Group organisers are to be believed. The event brings together over 500 top international and leading wholesale suppliers of garden products, showcasing new developments in their thousands to help you set your range as apart as possible from any competition. The event also allows attendees to see the latest trends, including highly innovative products already selling. Concurrently, you can also receive guidance and advice to boost your business by challenging the prevailing trading constrictions and varying conditions.


One of the best things in any tradeshow is to learn from the best experts and specialists, even as you enjoy seeing great products and items. At Glee, there’s always a good number of experts in different industries offering insights and giving advice. For instance, in Glee 2016, Ann-Marie Powell will feature the founder of Ann-Marie Powell Gardens, a television gardening presenter, award-winning gardening designer, author, and journalist. She’s also an RHS Chelsea Gold winner in 2010, 2011’s Silver Flora, and RHS Hampton Court 2015 medallist. She has designed some of the most creative and eye-catching display gardens for the British Heart Foundation, Green and Black, and Macmillan Cancer Research. She’s currently the selected specialist in designing the Royal Horticultural Society’s RHS Garden, officially for Chelsea 2016.

Another includes the Diarmuid Gavin Designs founder, Diarmuid Gavin, a Royal Dublin Society, twice gold medal winner for a garden design that appeared in 1995 and 1996 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Diarmuid also appeared in BBC’s Diarmuid’s Big Adventure in 2004, a documentary series on him as he created and planned gardens.

Glee show features

The show has so many highlights that finding quality, best and bright product suppliers is not hard. One of the highlights is that the Green Heart section has been growing more than ever. Glee 2016 is expected to welcome additional growers than Glee 2015’s event. The Green Heart will be creating a grand greenhouse based at the Atrium. There you’ll find many things on display, from Christmas trees, shrubs, labels, plants, benches, houseplants, bedding plants, ornamentals, herbs, display systems, and accessories.

Another feature and highlight are the retail inspiration insights and advice at the seminar theatre, a partnership between the Horticultural Trade Association and Glee. As a result, prominent speakers in the industry will provide various seminars and relevant, insightful content. The inspiring talk allows attendees to learn from experts and peers in open forums and case studies. Glee 2016 will see diverse presentations and workshops on attracting younger shoppers to experience Garden Centre while converting young shoppers to enjoy the unique retail experience presented to them.

Catering and food area

Around the food area, you’ll come across diverse food suppliers and catering ideas, great for anyone considering setting up a cafe or an excellent catering spot.

Connecting with buyers

Glee tradeshow seeks to bring attendees and key suppliers together. Through a partnership with GIMA, the event now has a GIMA Business Lounge creating an excellent place for meetings and attendees to take a much-needed break and catch up with key people in the industry and suppliers. The Lounge also holds a unique speed networking event where selected exhibitors will meet visitors in the show for ten minutes to engage in special power-networking sessions.

Global buyers connect

Through a partnership with Gardenex, Glee also offers an International Buyers Connect event. This brings together buyers in the tradeshow to attend ten-minute introductory meetings with possible new suppliers, email facilities, cloakroom access, and complimentary refreshments.

Innovation zone

Most innovators have great new products everyone should see and only need a platform to showcase them. The Glee tradeshow is incomplete without events geared towards the industry’s growth. Through the Innovators Zone, the event offers start-ups new in the industry or recently launched to the gardening world a chance to market themselves.


The Glee 2016 tradeshow will feature thousands of exhibitors exhibiting thousands of products from international and UK wholesale garden suppliers. Some of the exhibitors include Smart Trading EU Ltd, Belstane Ltd, The Pot Company, Southalls, Algon Organics, Allsorted Ltd, Alex Brands Juratoys, Anglo Aquatic Plant Company Ltd, Apta, Artefactos Pereira, Artevasi, Artform UK Ltd, Bathgate Horticulture, Bbq Gourmet Ld and Beefayre among others.

Travel and Accommodation

Glee tradeshow happens at The NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK, easily reachable via direct flights from different global and European cities. The NEC has the Birmingham International Railway connection, where trains departing London Euston station leave every 60 minutes to Birmingham. With a good map, you’ll find the NEC signposts across the motorways, while the National Express Coach will take you directly to Birmingham from various airports and cities around the UK.

During the duration of Glee are diverse accommodation options to suit all budgets inside Birmingham City Centre or close to the NEC.