Baaah: upbeat day one at Harrogate
Sunday was a very upbeat day at The Flooring Show, with sheep at the heart of the positive mood that filled HIC.
As it opened for its 52nd edition, the anticipation was there: would there, could there be a positive getaway? What there certainly was was a wiff of an odour. It was the sheep, which, as part of the British Wool and Campaign for Wool's drive to highlight wool in carpets, were in a large pen outside the entrance to the Harrogate International Centre.
(And all day they seemed to be fine before anyone troubles the RSCPA or Harrogate's local authority).
Has TFS had sheep outside HIC before? Have TFS visitors been greeted with that aroma on a Sunday morning before? Who knows. Any smells didn't matter. Visitors loved it.
They made a beeline to Hall C to see what the wool area was all about and used the doors near the sheep rather than the traditional doorway. The result was visitors were more evenly distributed among halls and exhibitors and this cheered everyone.
And the wool area looked great, proving having a huge stand wasn't really important: what you did with it was.
All of the manufacturers and suppliers Interiors Monthly spoke to on Sunday were universally upbeat about the day: lots of footfall and high quality with it.
Monday will see a new flock of sheep outside HIC, and all the brightly coloured model ones inside HIC still intact (despite threats of sheep rustling). Will it bring more success? Based on day one it could well do.