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Posted by Danielle Harvey on 15 June 2021
Following the government announcement on 14th June, 2021, Home & Gift Buyers' Festival organiser Clarion Events has confirmed the show will be going ahead as planned in July.
Co-located with Manchester Furniture Show, it is taking place from 18th to the 21st July and is set across the Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC) and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate, meaning ample space for exhibitors to adhere to the Covid-secure requirements with social distancing measures in place.
Home & Gift has the full support of the Harrogate Convention Centre and DoubleTree by Hilton venue, and the organiser is working with the local authorities and liaising closely with the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire.
The show occupies a large footprint made up of two distinct areas, the HCC and the Hotel Grounds with Marquees (DP areas) occupying both outside and indoor areas - providing many outside areas to relax and enjoy. This means visitors and exhibitors are spread out across the exhibition, and capacity and visitor flow can be controlled effectively adhering to event guidelines, not affecting visitor numbers across the four days. The marquee build will commence on June 28th and HCC build on July 12th.
Safety remains paramount, with measures such as face coverings, wider aisles, increased ventilation, an enhanced daily and deep cleaning regime being implemented. Hand sanitising stations will be available at all entry and exit points and various other points across the site. Visitors will also be asked to take a lateral flow COVID test and produce a negative result prior to arrival, or provide proof of double vaccination in order to attend.
See full info at homeandgift.co.uk/safety-info
The legendary Sundowners event will take place on the Monday 19th July, outside in the grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and renowned exhibitor party will now take place on the evening of Tuesday 20th July.
Home & Gift visitor registration is open and is currently tracking in line with previous years, with key names confirming their attendance and hotel stays as part of our VIP hosted buyer programme.
Show Director Russell Rule said, "With the backing of our key customers, venue, and local authorities, we can see that the appetite and enthusiasm is there for an in-person buying and selling event. There is great excitement from both exhibitors and visitors to reconnect in Harrogate".
Robert Philpott from Bomb Cosmetics said, "We are so excited to be returning to Home & Gift in Harrogate. It has always been our benchmark show, and it really shows us what we can expect ahead for the busy months running up to Christmas. Always our favourite show, a great atmosphere, and plenty of business!"
Cathy Headdock, from Bay Tree Gifts, said, "I am super excited to be visiting H&G this year. It will be the first trade show I've been to for over a year and I can't wait to find some new lovely goodies for the shop, and to see suppliers old and new. Holding the show in Harrogate is an added bonus as we love the town".
Visitors are invited to register to secure their free ticket to the industry's favourite show! Register here https://homeandgift.co.uk/