Things you may have missed at the Harrogate Flooring Show 2018...

2018 marked the 56th annual Flooring show held in Harrogate. There was plenty to see and do at one of the biggest events in the flooring industry calendar so much that you may not have gotten around to seeing it all. With that in mind we have gathered some key points on stands, talks and trends you may have missed this year.

  EGGER  were promoting the new EGGER PRO Design flooring this year, a new hard wearing hybrid LVT (available from flanagans). Though we feel EGGER may have missed a trick by not offering some EGGERmeister!

EGGER were promoting the new EGGER PRO Design flooring this year, a new hard wearing hybrid LVT (available from flanagans). Though we feel EGGER may have missed a trick by not offering some EGGERmeister!

LIVE TALKS

The talks and forums held over the course of the three day event had a low turnout, however we found they contained valuable information for high street retailers that you may have missed.

Salience’s talk was filled with practical advice on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), explaining how companies could improve their digital presence and advising on free tools to help them achieve that goal of taking offline stores online. Even though there was a last minute change in presenter, there was clearly a lot of expert advice on hand. They spoke on the importance of website loading speeds, useful content and the importance of keywords. Salience also provide free digital insights every year for flooring retailers to take advantage of and see what the competition is up to.

Michael Weedon from exp2 got to the heart of what’s really happening with high street retailers, picking apart the panic that news outlets are pushing about stores closing left, right and center. With mention to high street giants like Marks & Spencers closing stores and more importantly why that is happening. The ‘why’ when explained seemed simple, stores are closing in certain areas because footfall is now higher in others. This boiled down to bank and post office closures meaning more people traveling to different areas, mainly retail parks. Michael explained and show in data clearly how high street retailers are really growing, just not in the ways we think.

The take away was that online business aren’t stealing all the profits. Not every retailer needs an e-commerce site but the benefits of having a digital strategy and social media presence are clear. Being a one stop shop and offering services can provide more opportunities for growth.

 Michael from exp2 breaking down the data to show us where we should be focusing our marketing efforts.

Michael from exp2 breaking down the data to show us where we should be focusing our marketing efforts.

TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR

The trends section, also found in the Kings suite had some interesting insights to offer on what our future flooring may look or feel like. Pastel colours, mainly pinks and greens, grain and gold texturing and strong blues were very prominent with upcoming trends. Examples of pastel colours are found with our Opulence range of carpets & Egger’s Natural Abergele Oaks & Blue / Black Halford Oaks. Local and sustainable sources are a sought after feature for designers, though still not prominent in customers minds, especially as the costing is not yet competitive. The room layouts they had on offer gave in insight into the flooring decors that will compliment these upcoming colour and texture trends, with subtle textures as well as simple geometry shapes starting to creep in. Looking into the future to predict more bold fabric patterns and colours that may be on the way into our industry too.

 We could see some of this Colour Grain used to great affect in bars and offices.

We could see some of this Colour Grain used to great affect in bars and offices.

INNOVATIVE POS IDEAS

We are always on the look out for Point Of Sale ideas to help our customers save space while displaying as much product as possible. We are committed to our goal of helping you sell more. The Flooring Show is a great space to explore what kind of POS is on offer and look at the ingenious ways people are displaying their product. There were some clear winners at this years show, highlighting that a well designed flooring stand can draw a customers eye. There were several eye catching stands this year that we will be looking closer at to improve on for some of our own new ranges on the way.

You may not have been round the visual display software also on offer at this years show. Providing your customers with a digital way of visualising how different decors will look in a whole room will allow customers to make decisions quicker and possibly without having to take an entire pack of flooring home before making a decision, cutting down on the time between a decision and a purchase.

 We are constantly researching ways to innovate our displays and you an look forward to always reaping the benefits of our hard work.

We are constantly researching ways to innovate our displays and you an look forward to always reaping the benefits of our hard work.

We got quite a bit out of this years show and are excited to put into practice some of the ideas and knowledge that we have picked up for 2019.