We’re quite an excitable bunch here at phil&teds but there is one event in particular that really gets our wheels spinning – It’s the Kind + Jugend trade show, the ultimate nursery event where 1,014 exhibitors come together from around the world to showcase their latest and greatest inventions. The event sees 21,000 nursery specialists from around the world head to Cologne, Germany, to be informed, place orders and forge new business relationships. It’s THE trade show of the year.
A contingent of phil&teds crew from New Zealand, Spain, France and the UK have made their way to Cologne – set to show the nursery industry what being innovative really means.
Adding to our excitement is our nomination for a prestigious Kind + Jugend Innovation Award. We’re proud to have five of these awards already and have our fingers tightly crossed for a sixth to add to our trophy cabinet. The product that we’ve been nominated for will make its grand debut at Kind + Jugend and will revolutionise how the industry thinks about buggy safety. It certainly will be ‘braking’ news.
To be nominated for this award a product must be particularly innovative, outstanding technology, have high level of functionality or an extraordinary design. Over 145 companies from 24 countries submitted a total of 183 products to be considered, and there can only be one winner for each of the eight categories. To give you a sneak insight, we’re nominated for the ‘Moving and Travelling’ category. Although we’re super proud and honoured to be a finalist, we have our fingers and toes crossed to take out the top award.
The winners are selected by a panel of international industry professionals, trade journalists and safety experts. All products must be newly developed or refined, and differ from anything else on the market. It’s all about innovation, something that we’re very good at.
The winners will be announced on Thursday (Germany time) so there won’t be much sleep here in little ole New Zealand as we await the results. Whatever the result we are extremely proud to be a finalist, and will be excited to introduce our innovative new product to the world.