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BANTA deadline fast approaching


BANTA deadline fast approaching

The deadline for exhibitors at Harrogate International Nursery Fair to enter the BPA’s Baby and Nursery Trade Awards (BANTAs) is fast approaching – they have until 26th February to get your entry forms in!

Companies exhibiting at the show have the opportunity to gain industry recognition by entering these prestigious awards which are presented to manufacturers and suppliers which excel in the quality of their products. The judges (who are all industry experts) look at a number of criteria including innovation, marketability, safety, consumer appeal and value for money. Receiving a BANTA is a fantastic accolade and is recognised by retailers and buyers as an endorsement of a ‘must have’ line to stock.

There are eight categories to enter: Travel (pushchairs, car seats etc); Travel Accessories (sun shades, ride on boards; travel suits etc); Sleep Accessories (bedding, night lights etc); Toys; In Home (high chairs, cots; nursery furniture etc); Safety (stair gates; baby monitors etc); Feeding, Cleaning & Changing and Best New Product. Each product can only be entered into one category, with the exception of new products which can be entered into Best New Product plus one other category.

Entry forms can be downloaded HERE and must be completed and returned to Julie James at the BPA no later than 26th February 2016. A shortlist will be announced prior to Harrogate International Nursery Fair and these products will be judged at the show on Sunday 20th March and the winners will be announced at the BPA BANTA Awards Dinner which takes place at the Majestic Hotel on Sunday 20th March.

The entertainment has been confirmed as the ultimate party band HUGE (BBC Radio York claimed: “HUGE had 10,000 people dancing in the streets of York for BBC Music Live – it looked like Glastonbury!”) Tickets for the event are £40 +VAT and include a three course dinner with wine. These are selling fast so if you would like to attend it is advisable to book as soon as possible. You can complete a booking form online HERE – or download one HERE.

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Harrogate International Nursery Fair
Department for International Trade