Organisers of the 2014 South West Growers Show have hailed this month?s event as an excellent platform for business.
Record numbers of both visitors and exhibitors came along to the show at Exeter?s Matford Centre on Wednesday 1 October with the exhibition aisles were packed with visitors throughout the day.
David Jackson, chairman of the show?s committee said : ?It?s fantastic news that the show was so warmly received by both exhibitors and visitors.? Our key aim has always been to make sure that we encourage quality as well as quantity, that our exhibitors are able to make contacts, develop business relationships and, ultimately, take orders.? We are heartened that this proved to be the case at this year?s show.?
During the show?s 40 year history, it has gone from strength to strength having firmly established itself as a show for growers run by growers.? The second oldest horticultural trade show in the country, it offers an excellent platform for exhibitors to meet their customers.? Viewed as a key event for both business and horticulture, the show celebrates what the south west does best, ?growing plants.
Regular exhibitor Albion Plants reported an excellent show with its 5 foot fan trained photinia and large berried pyracantha attracting a lot of attention!
Brenda Huggons, owner of Albion Plants explained : ?The South West Growers Show proved to be an excellent platform for us; this year we took a lot of orders on the day and business has been brisk since! The quality of attendees is always very good and each year we enjoy touching base with our customers and reflecting on what has been a very good year for Albion Plants.?
Established in 1994 supplying shrubs and trees to local garden centres and landscapers, the company now covers more than 4 acres, specialising in the production of hardy plants including an extensive range of larger specimen shrubs, climbers and trees.? Albion Plants has also recently begun to grow roses and herbaceous perennials to offer a broader range year round to its trade customers.
This was Albion Plants 15th year exhibiting at the show.
David concluded : ?Our original aim when we took over the management of the show was to provide both exhibitor and visitor with a dedicated business forum.? The new management team which took over the event in 2009 is justifiably proud of the continued hard work and dedication that has made the show even more successful.? For the visitor, it provides the ideal venue to meet key growers and horticultural suppliers as well as sourcing the latest plant introductions and products; and for the exhibitor it offers a unique business-to-business environment.?
The 2015 show will take place on Wednesday 7 October. For further information about the event for both exhibitors and visitors, please contact Kirsty Lane on 01404 821982 or visit www.swgs.co.uk.