The Gardenex federation, supported and funded by UK Trade & Investment, organised the ?Meet the Buyers? event on 27 March at Lea Marston Hotel, Sutton Coldfield.? The one-day event ran alongside a free workshop, covering the European market and Top Tips on Exhibiting.? According to early feedback, ultimately all of the buyers, who represent leading garden centres, mail order companies, wholesalers and distributors, will be dealing with some of the 28 UK company contacts made during the one-to-one business meetings arranged by Gardenex.? The Federation organises a number of ?Meet the Buyers? days each year, and they have proved a successful and cost-effective way of expanding export sales for UK garden, leisure and pet product suppliers.
Pictured front of picture (left to right) are Aljo?a ?i?man of SEMENARNA, Slovenia; Amanda Sizer Barrett of Gardenex; Carles Bisbe of Digebis, Spain; Sari V?lim?ki of Tammer-Tukku Oy, Finland; and Aija-Mari Vehanen of Tammer-Tukku Oy, Finland.
Rear of picture (left to right) are Tony Dedman of Garland Products/ Worth; Jill Thomas of Suttons Seeds; Mark Dedman of Garland Products/Worth; Steve Riley of Haws Watering Cans; Erik van Diffelen of De Wiltfang/Larix Gardenware, The Netherlands; ?Charlie Parker of Gardenex; and Charles Platt of Vitax.?
The next Meet the Buyers event is to be held on 18 June 2014 at the Gardenex headquarters in Brasted, Kent. ?To date buyers from France and Sweden have confirmed that they will be attending in order to source British made garden products.? For more information contact either Theresa Swann or Charlie Parker at Gardenex.
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