14 - 16 September 2021
NEC Birmingham UK

Exclusive Content

Exclusive Content

Glee gathering

Bringing you two days full of exclusive content and industry insight. Hear expert guidance on upcoming trends, essential business tips and tricks and advice on best social media practices. With 3-4 sessions taking place each day, there's a session for you on the topics that matter to you the most. Glee will keep you up to date with the market from the comfort of your own home or office.

Check out our upcoming agenda and register below.

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12:30 – 13:30

Glee New Product Awards: Pitch the judges Part 1

The Glee New Product awards are back, albeit virtually, and hosted by Trevor Pfeiffer, Director of Garden Trade news.  This time you get to see the pitches, the product, and the panel of expert buyers as they judge the entries and question brands about their products as they try to uncover what the best new products are coming onto the market this year and next.

Host:
Trevor Pfeiffer, Director, Garden Trade News

Judges:
Andy Bunker, Director, Alton Garden Centre
Ian Hodgson, Former RHS Editor-in-Chief
Melanie Livingstone, Plant Area Manager, Fron Goch Garden Centre
Roger Crookes, Independent consultant
Nicola Pugh, Director, Pugh’s Garden Village

14:00 – 15:00

Unlocking the opportunities in garden centre retail

Whilst there is no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging time for retail, for garden retail, it has unlocked a number of new opportunities.  Spending more time at home has unlocked a new customer base and outdoor living and garden care has never been more on trend.

Join us for this discussion as we explore how garden centre retailers can take advantage this new consumer trend and ensure these new customers become your new regulars.

Speakers:
George Bullivant, Editor, Garden Forum
Alan Roper, Managing Director, Blue Diamond
Boyd Douglas-Davies, President, HTA , PR and Communications Director, British Garden Centres
Simon Bourne, Managing Director, Perrywood Garden Centres
Chris Bonnett, Founder, Gardening Express

15:00 – 16:00

Great British Growing Awards

Grow Your Own magazine’s Great British Growing Awards are returning to Glee again this September – virtually, as a part of Glee Gathering. These awards recognise all that is great within the gardening industry – from tool companies, to seed suppliers, garden writers to fruit nurseries and everything in between, and really shine a light on those who are going the extra mile. This year’s Great British Growing Awards are nominated and voted for by consumers. This highlights to the industry the favourite products and brands chose by gardeners and what will be in demand for 2021!

16:00 – 17:00

The e-commerce conundrum: Creating sustainable online operations

During lockdown many garden centres were forced to rapidly evolve their online operations. One such area is in eCommerce and online presence. With the slow resumption of normal operations, how can you develop an online strategy that is sustainable for the long-term? How can an online presence help to engage with your customers? What are the big wins of operating online? How can you set up a sustainable fulfilment operation?

Speaker:
Lynsey Swales, CEO, Social B

Wednesday 16th September

11:00 – 12:00

Protecting and supporting our most valued asset: Our people

Join us for this session as Helen Waddington, Head of Casework for the charity Perennial, talks about the impact the last 6 months have had on your most important asset, your people. It comes as no surprise that this year we have all felt more anxious and stressed, and the growing impact of uncertainty has taken its toll. However, in this session Helen talks openly about some of the key recurring issues she has seen over the last 6 months and gives you some practical steps you can take to support your people.

There will also be an interactive Q&A at the end of the session, so come armed with your questions and Helen will do her best to help you.

Speaker:
Helen Waddington, Head of Casework, Perennial

12:30 – 14:30

Glee New Product Awards: Pitch the judges Part 2

The Glee New Product awards are back, albeit virtually, and hosted by Trevor Pfeiffer, Director of Garden Trade news.  This time you get to see the pitches, the product, and the panel of expert buyers as they judge the entries and question brands about their products as they try to uncover what the best new products are coming onto the market this year and next.

Host:
Trevor Pfeiffer, Director, Garden Trade News

Judges:
Andy Bunker, Director, Alton Garden Centre
Ian Hodgson, Former RHS Editor-in-Chief
Melanie Livingstone, Plant Area Manager, Fron Goch Garden Centre
Roger Crookes, Independent consultant
Nicola Pugh, Director, Pugh’s Garden Village

15:00 – 16:00

Greenfingers Charity: Making a difference in 2020

Join us for this inspiring session as Greenfingers Charity’s Director of Fundraising & Communications, Linda Petrons, and Charity Patron, TV Gardener and Broadcaster David Domoney, fill you in on what the charity has been up to this year. Importantly, they will also talk about their plans to create even more gardens in hospices in 2021 and beyond.

Speakers:
Linda Petrons, Director of Fundraising and Communications
David Domoney, Horticulturalist, TV Gardener and Broadcaster

16:30 – 17:00

Glee New Product Awards: The Winners

Join us as we announce the results of the last two days of new product showcase pitching and judging and tell you what the best new products are for 2021!

Speakers:
Trevor Pfeiffer, Director, Garden Trade News
Mathew Mein, Event Director, Glee

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