Hyve, the organisers of the Glee and Pawexpo trade shows, says the shows will not be going ahead this year.
In an announcement today it said: “As a reflection on conversations between the organisers and the garden and pet retail market, Hyve made the decision that Glee and Pawexpo 2020 will not take place this year. Glee and Pawexpo will return as a live event at the NEC in 2021.
“The team behind Glee and Pawexpo are excited to host a virtual forum for the pet and garden retail markets this autumn, taking place on September 15-16, 2020. More information on this online event will be available on the website in due course.
Matthew Mein, event director, Glee and Pawexpo, said: “We have been listening to both our exhibitors and visitors, and the feedback from garden retailers has been incredibly supportive of Glee and Pawexpo. That has enabled us to take a fresh approach and bring the community together through the launch of a brand-new virtual forum.”
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide a new platform for interactive industry discussions and product discovery. We are also looking forward to when the industry can meet again in person both at Glee at Spring Fair in February 2021, and Glee and Pawexpo 2021 taking place September 14-16.”
Boyd Douglas-Davies, PR and communications director, British Garden Centres Group, said: “We’re delighted that Glee is launching a virtual forum. We are looking forward to fully engaging with this in September. Glee is such a pivotal point in the year, missing a year was never an option for us. We wish Glee’s virtual forum every success and look forward to meeting everyone in person again in 2021.”