The Boutique Hotelier team on the stand meeting readers and introducing ourselves to new ones who want to get their regular dose of industry analysis.
Chameleon furnishings and Giraffe solutions teamed up to host a stand at GHS'17. Chameleon specialises in offering a bespoke service for the manufacture and installation of both commercial and domestic furnishing requirements and the company caters for a wide range of sectors.
Garden Hideout was one of the more eye-catching stands on show this year. The portable 'cabin' style bedrooms can be constructed on site at a hotel and come complete with wardrobe space, bathroom and shower complex, as well as a smart looking bedroom area. The brand explained they are looking to venture into the hotel market.
Forbes Professional was showcasing both its entertainment offering and its laundry solutions this year and had a successful exhibition, having seen a range of visitors.
Rational and Frima joined forces for the first time ever at an industry exhibition and shared a stand. Frima experienced an 80% growth in the UK last year (22% worldwide) and this year is hoping to improve on this still, with a sales target of £1bn.
Tailored Image offer bespoke tailored uniform for a range of roles across the hospitality sector. Already present in and working with a number of top hotels, the company, which has been going for 22 years, is developing its reach across the UK.
Ferrero had its ever-popular brands, Ferrero, Nutella and Tic Tac on its interactive stand at GHS'17. New for 2017, is the addition of the Thorntons' brand, which the company took over last year. Soon to launch is a 'luxury chocolate flakes' product, which can be used for hot beverages, as well as sauces for desserts, great for hotels.
The Skills Theatre had a range of fast-paced competitions running throughout the day, with young chefs showing their skills and impressing a panel of top judges.
The Staff Canteen Live went live through a live-streaming service, taking each session around the world. We watched Brad Carter, from Carters of Mosley demonstrate the best way to cook scallops.
Hot topic the Apprenticeship Levy was discussed in an interesting panel session, including Sally Beck from Lancaster London, on the Business Briefing Session.
Creative Tops' new Alice in Wonderland themed range caught our eye this year. Perfect for boutique hotels, the range has been created by V&A.