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GLAS 2018 to be Ireland’s largest horticulture trade show

GLAS 2018 will be free for the trade to attend and will exhibit first-hand the leading businesses and professionals in the horticulture sector in Ireland and beyond. Photo: Joe Keogh.

In 2017 the event which showcased a sold-out show of 145 exhibitors focused on its core value of bringing together market and industry leading professionals.

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15 March 2018 | 0

Preparations are underway for the 2018 Garden Landscaping and Amenity Sportsturf (GLAS) trade show, scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 19, at Citywest events centre and hotel in Saggart, Co Dublin.

In 2017 the event which showcased a sold-out show of 145 exhibitors focused on its core value of bringing together market and industry leading professionals.

A range of flowers on show from a nursery exhibitor at GLAS 2017. Photo: Joe Keogh.

A range of flowers on show from a nursery exhibitor at GLAS 2017. Photo: Joe Keogh.

Coming together under one roof, just under 1,000 people attended the show from all areas of the business-to-business horticulture trade industry.

According to the exit polls from GLAS 2017: 94% of exhibitors surveyed described their participation as “worthwhile” or “very worthwhile”, while 99% of visitors confirmed their attendance as “worthwhile” or “very worthwhile”.

 Best in Show Awards

Best New Plant, Best New Product, Best in Show Trade Supplier, and Best in Show Horticulture awards will all return looking to celebrate the very best in the industry today. Changes have been made to incorporate the Best in Show Awards winners directly into the main entrance, so everyone who attends the event will first be greeted by the GLAS 2018 successful winners’ plant and product – proudly showcasing them to the entire trade sector.

Carol Marks, Bord Bia, Mark O'Loughlin, Sanctuary Synthetics, Best in Show, Trade Supplier; John McDonald, GLAS. Photo: Joe Keogh

Carol Marks, Bord Bia, Mark O’Loughlin, Sanctuary Synthetics, Best in Show, Trade Supplier; John McDonald, GLAS 2017. Photo: Joe Keogh

In 2017 Hygeia won Best New Product for their Green Force – Lawn Care product. “These trade shows and in particular GLAS, are a really nice way to get exposure to retailers that we want to reach; independent garden centres would be a really important sector for us to reach and we can do that here.” said Elisha Daniels marketing manager with Hygeia Garden Care, following Hygeia’s win at GLAS 2017.

In 2017 Kelly’s Nursery won Best New Plant for their Escallonia Laevis, Angela Slevin, sales and marketing manager with Kelly’s Nursery spoke to us at the time about what the GLAS event means to their nursery and their plans for the future.

“It is fantastic [to be at GLAS] It is great to get out and meet everybody in the industry, having a meet and greet and catching up with so many people I know from the industry is great, altogether it is a great day and there is a great buzz about the place.

Retail Merchandising Showcase

The Retail Merchandising Showcase, in association with the experts at Shop Equipment Ltd (SEL), showcased point-of-sale offerings in a specially promoted area to garden centre and retail buyers.

Participants in the Retail Merchandising Showcase at GLAS included: Westland, Whelehan Crop Protection, Unichem, Deker Horticulture, NAD, GardenFx, Norman Emerson, Hygeia and many more.

Exhibitors at GLAS 2017. Photo: Joe Keogh.

Exhibitors at GLAS 2017. Photo: Joe Keogh.

Quality retail merchandising is essential to drive strong growth in sales and profit margins. Investing in quality Point-of-Purchase (P-O-P) and Point-of-Sale (P-O-S) merchandising display equipment as a brand owner and retailer can lead to an increase in interaction from consumers and ultimately sales.

You can have the best P-O-P in the world with the best offer in the store, but if it is located at the back of the store with low traffic flow, next to the toilets, you’ll only get a great response from the incontinent. Be sure to be on top of your P-O-P and P-O-S merchandising equipment at our 2018 Retail Merchandising Showcase and secure otherwise lost sales.

The Learning Theatre

In 2017 a key feature of the GLAS trade show was The Learning Theatre. Proudly supported by Bord Bia, the learning theatre saw five industry leading professionals present lectures on a wide range of horticulture, trade specific topics.

In 2018, there will be two Learning Theatres at GLAS following on from the tremendous success of the Learning Theatre in 2017.

Sportsturf  Village & Machinery Park

The Irish Institute of Sports Surfaces Sportsturf Village – a now established feature of the event – will once again connect suppliers and specialists in this sector to a targeted list of invited sportsturf and parkland professionals.

Exhibitors at the Sportsturf Village and Machinery Park at GLAS 2017. Photo: John Keogh

Exhibitors at the Sportsturf Village and Machinery Park at GLAS 2017. Photo: Joe Keogh.

GLAS 2018 takes place July 19, from 9am to 5pm, make sure you have the date in your diary as it is set to be the biggest show yet. Don’t miss out on attending the leading Garden Landscape and Amenity Sportsturf trade show in Ireland. Attendance is free to trade visitors, you can pre register in advance on the website here. For details on exhibiting contact Eamonn Maguire at: eamonnmaguire@mediateam.ie.

GLAS is organised by Mediateam, publishers of The Irish Garden magazine, Garden.ie and Growtrade.ie websites, on behalf of Kildare Growers Group and proudly supported by Bord Bia.

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