As preparations for the UK's only dedicated trade show for the nursery industry continue, Harrogate International Nursery Fair (HINF) has announced a change to the presentation of the Baby Products Association’s annual industry awards.

Alongside the new format of a mid-week show, the BPA's BANTAs and Concept & Innovation Awards will now be taking place on the first day of the show, Tuesday 28 March 2017.

As per previous years, at close of business all exhibitors and visitors are invited to the stunning Royal Hall of the Harrogate International Centre to enjoy free drinks and canapes, sponsored by Progressive Preschool magazine.

However, in a change to previous years, The BANTAs (sponsored by Nursery Today magazine) and the Concept & Innovation Awards (sponsored by law firm 3Volution) will be taking place imediately after the reception and networking event.

“The free drinks reception has proved hugely popular with a great turn out of both exhibitors and visitors in recent years," said Adrian Sneyd, show organiser. "With the show now mid-week it makes sense to present the Baby Products Association’s awards after this event, as industry colleagues will be able to join in the celebrations without the event encroaching on the rest of their evening.”

"We're delighted to be able to bring everyone together to celebrate the end of what we're sure will be a fantastic first day," said Rob Willis, publishing director of Progressive Preschool. “The whole PPS team looks forward to sharing a drink with you all after the show."

This year there are eight BANTA categories to enter:

• Travel • Travel Accessories • Toys • Sleep Accessories • In Home • Safety • Feeding, Cleaning, Changing • Best New Product (Any new product which has been launched to market since Harrogate International Nursery Fair 2016.)

Entry forms can be downloaded from the BPA website and must be returned to Julie James no later than Tuesday 7 March 2017.