The British Home Enhancement Trade Association?s (BHETA) ?Meet the Buyer? event with Homebase which took place on 26 November was declared ?invaluable? by members of the Homebase buying team.
Caroline Bacon, buying manager at Homebase, said: ?BHETA has enabled us to find suppliers we were looking for whom we could potentially not have found any other way. The Meet the Buyer concept is really good and today has been very successful in terms of opportunities for us to find new products.?
Forty-five suppliers attended the BHETA Meet the Buyer day, taking part in 66 appointments with seven members of the Homebase buying team. The event took place in Milton Keynes and focused on homeware categories.
Each appointment comprised a product demonstration and a 20-minute interview. The emphasis was on innovation with a number of suppliers earmarked for follow up with a view of listing.
Will Jones of BHETA commented: ?Many BHETA members have secured business through the Meet the Buyer format ? with buyers and sellers under immense time pressure, this format is a win-win for all parties. We are delighted by today?s results which yet again prove that these events are a genuine opportunity for both BHETA members and for the retailers who take part.?