Giving at Glee

A series of initiatives that help our community flourish.


As part of Hyve’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy, Power of One®, we launched Giving at Glee, in June 2022.

Power of One® is an initiative to encourage retailers and suppliers to take small steps to change the future of retail. From championing eco-friendly materials to making sure workers are treated fairly, we have the collective power to make a positive impact on the world.

That’s where Giving at Glee comes in. Whether it’s making sustainable changes at our show, fundraising for charity, or using our influence to help retailers and suppliers make their own, we’re empowering change.

Here’s how we’re Giving at Glee

  • “We need to be trailblazers and a voice in the industry. We want to give our visitors and exhibitors the platform to give back to the community.”
Greenfingers Charity display at Glee

Greenfingers Charity

Every year at Glee we fundraise for the Greenfingers Charity, who build magical gardens for children’s hospices around the UK. Back in March, the Glee Team took part in a 20 mile walk and raised over £2,500! You can also join in with the fundraising at Glee. Come dressed in your brightest floral attire on Floral Thursday (12th September) and take part in our raffle.

Indoor plants at Glee plant sector

We've reduced our onsite plastic

This year, we’re no longer using badge holders. You can simply clip a lanyard straight to your badge when you arrive at the show. Plus, as always, any printer paper we use at the show is 100% recyclable.

There are watercoolers located at each hall entrance of Glee, so you can refill your water bottles throughout the day. If you have a reusable coffee cup you can also get a discount on coffee from NEC vendors.

Glee visitors walking past entrance show sign

Product trails

We understand the importance of sourcing both ethically and sustainably, so we've put together a range of filters for you to find brands who fit your business' values. From the materials used to make the products, to the packaging and production, start searching with the filters under 'onsite product trails'.

We’ve also made it easy to buy locally sourced products with the Made in Britain filter.

National Exhibition Centre red logo

The NEC focuses on three main pillars: Energy, Waste and Food Miles. Priding themselves on being a zero to land fill venue with an average recycle rate of 80%. Any non-recyclable waste is used to generate electricity for local homes and businesses through Birmingham City Council’s Waste to Energy scheme.

The NEC are all about sourcing local too. They support a wide range of small and medium sized businesses, and with the help of their in-house caterer, Amadeus, they travel no more than 30 miles to get the best produce for a show.

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