An atmosphere of optimism resonated throughout the halls of Glee during September’s show. Following a buoyant spring and summer season, with many garden retailers experiencing strong growth in key categories, an upbeat trading atmosphere prevailed, underpinning the garden retail sector’s resilience to economic headwinds in the run-up to Brexit. In a year of monumental change for the industry, with 145 former Wyevale Garden Centres now in the hands of new operators, it has never been more vital for suppliers to forge new relationships with buyers – and Glee played a pivotal role by providing the ultimate networking platform that enabled new garden centre owners to witness the latest in innovation and confidently place orders for the 2020 season.
In fact, Glee 2019 raised the bar in terms of innovation and creativity – drawing praise for both the quality of visitors and an increasing international contingent, too. To gain a deeper insight into how this year’s show unfolded against a backdrop of seismic industry change, Glee Event Director, Matthew Mein, reveals key trends that shaped this year’s successful show.