The Hearth & Home Exhibition 5 Great Reasons to Attend
5 Great reasons as to why you should be visiting the Hearth & Home show this year
The Hearth & Home is a trade only exhibition, featuring some of the biggest names in the fireplace industry. And is one of the most prestigious fireplace exhibitions in the UK and is a must not miss for professionals within the industry.
Visitors can expect to see a diverse range of UK and European manufacturers at the show, as well as representatives from further afield. All the key areas from our industry will be featured this year.
A plethora of major appliance manufacturers such as Dimplex, Crystal Fires, Valor, Pevex Enterprises, LogFire Stoves & Flues, Evonic Fires, Town & Country Fires, Flamerite Fires, Firenzo Fires UK and ACR Heat Products are exhibiting. The flueing trade is well represented with big names such as SFL Flues & Chimneys, Specflue, Schiedel Chimney Systems, Poujoulat UK, Docherty Group and Midtherm among the chimney and flueing specialists in attendance. A number of industry associations including NACS and the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps will be present, as will Kiwa GASTEC (Find out more about regulatory bodies click here), the industry’s leading Notified Body and UKAS-accredited testing laboratory. 2014 will also see new faces such as Teddington Group, Oak By Design, Microtex Products, United States Stove Company and Roudham Trading come on board.
With stand space almost fully booked and signs of a return to business prosperity for many in our industry, this year’s Hearth & Home Exhibition is set to be one the most successful shows in recent history. Editor of Fires & Fireplaces magazine, Erica Royle, looks at the top five reasons to attend.
1. A past, present and future
There are not many exhibitions, trade or consumer, that can boast a record of that calibre. Thanks to the exhibitors and visitors that return year on year and the new faces that continually emerge within the industy, Hearth & Home has weathered the economic storm and continues to provide the only platform in the UK that brings together all things fire, fireplace, stove, flue, controls and fuel related under one roof.
2. One of a kind
Hearth & Home is the only exhibition in the UK that features appliances on live burn under cover, with Harrogate International Centre being one of the few exhibition venues that can offer this. Hearth & Home has consitently delivered the technical expertise during build up to make this happen. There can be no better way to showcase a fireplace product than to see it on live burn. Exhibitors get the chance to prove an appliance’s credentials and visitors get to fully appreciate the products on their shopping lists turning enquiries into sales.
3. Delivering sales
Vistor numbers at Hearth & Home have shown modest year on year growth in recent times and the organisers are dedicated to ensuring the best possible turn out for exhibitors. Pre-registration is already available via the Hearth & Home website at www.hearthandhome.co.uk and, as in previous years, all previous visitors will automatically receive a badge for this year’s event in the post. Exhibitors reported particularly brisk sales and feedback has consistently pointed to a high calibre of visitors that come to Harrogate to buy stock ahead of the coming heating season. For retailers and suppliers this really is an opportunity not to be missed with many exhibitors unveiling new products for the first time at Hearth & Home. Commenting on the quality and volume of sales leads, Richard Beaman of Valor said:
“Considering the current financial climate, I thought the standard of all exhibitors’ stands was exceptional and there was a great mix of products and accessories to support all aspects of our industry. If we all continue to invest at this level, the signs for our industry can only be positive. The response from our customers was phenomenal as we smashed our sales targets by close of play on Sunday!”
4. Rewarding excellence
As is now tradition, the Hearth & Home Exhibition Awards will once again form a key part of the exhibitor and visitor experience at this year’s show. Winners and finalists will be selected in 11 categories. Judged by a panel of industry experts in categories including Electric Appliance of the Year, Wood or Multi-Fuel Appliance of the Year and the top accolde of Product of the Year, the awards offer exhibitors coveted recognition in their field and give visitors as taste of what is deemed to be the best the industry has to offer for the year ahead. Looking ahead, Awards Manager Erica Royle commented: “In a return to tradition we will be hosting a formal awards presentation in the Royal Hall at Harrogate International Centre this year to recognise the best of the best. By presenting the trophies at the end of the first day, winning exhibitors can make the most of the additional publicity the awards attract during Hearth & Home.”
5. Ease of access
Hearth & Home’s timing has always proved the most effective and convenient for manufacturers and retailers alike. Outside of most school holidays and well ahead of the heating season, the Sunday to Tuesday opening hours of the show allow visitors to attend during a time when retail showrooms are typically quieter and installation diaries a little less hectic. Harrogate is easily accessible from across the UK. Conveniently located within 30 minutes of the major North to South A1(M)
and serviced by an excellent range of local bus and train options, Harrogate International Centre is also just a short distance from Leeds Bradford airport. With inbound flights from Aberdeen, Belfast City, Belfast International, Bristol, Dublin, Glasgow, Isle of Man, London Heathrow plus a number of European cities, a visit to Hearth & Home is a viable option wherever you are based. Rated by many as the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown, Harrogate is an eclectic mix of imposing historic buildings and beautiful scenery and offers a diverse range of dining and entertainment options. All in all a great place to visit.
Accommodation can be eaily arranged at preferential rates via the link on the Hearth & Home webite with an excellent mix of luxury hotels and affordable bed and breakfast venues. A purpose built 107 room Premier Inn with direct access to HIC opened its doors and a former Victorian coach house, West Park, has undergone a multi-million pound revamp bringing the total number of hotel bedrooms available in Harrogate to 2,000. Hearth & Home visitors and exhibitors have never been stuck for choice when it comes to eating and drinking either, and this year new venues are in abundance with Jamie’s Italian and The Pit just a couple of the new venues adding to Harrogate’s already eclectic dining scene.
Exhibition Director, David Spencer concluded: “Hearth & Home is the platform from which to launch new product and showcase innovation in design and manufacture. Visitors get to see new products hot off the production lines, place orders and take advantage of the special offers that many exhibitors offer. And exhibitors have the opportunity to show customers their commitment to developing their business. We look forward to welcoming you to Hearth & Home.”
Phil Cleaver editor of fireplace.co.uk said “It a very interesting, productive, and enjoyable Monday spent at the Hearth & Home Exhibition held at the Harrogate International Centre. The show was well attended by both exhibitors and visitors with a wide and diverse range of fires, stoves, fireplaces, fuels and fireplace accessories on display. It was good to meet up with some old colleagues, put faces to names, and meet new colleagues who we very much look forward to working more closely with in the future”
Conditions of Entry...
-The Hearth & Home Exhibition is a trade only show and is not therefore open to the public.
-Visitors are required to register on entering the exhibition. Badges must be worn in the halls at all times.
-Children under 13 years old will not be admitted to the halls.
-Visitors are not permitted to bring sales literature or samples into the exhibition without the express permission of the directors.
-The directors reserve the right to refuse admission to the halls.
View the Hearth & Home show website for more informationstand spaces now so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The Hearth & Home website contains all of the information you need from planning your visit to organising accommodation.
For stand space bookings contact David Spencer: +44 (0)1789 415640 or firstname.lastname@example.org and for award enquiries or editorial in Fires & Fireplaces contact Erica Royle: +44 (0)1325 720775 or email@example.com
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