The event will take place on January 14 at the Hilton Hotel in Chilworth, Southampton.
There will be 12 buyers available on the day and in particular, B&Q will be looking for:
- Products/kits that make the job easier for customers
- Products that sell well in other hardware retailers around the world
- Any areas where a gap in the current offerings from B&Q can be addressed
B&Q is looking to trade with companies of all sizes - including small companies - and to speed up the listing process has partnered with Birmingham Innovations to act as distributors to get suitable products into store as quickly as possible.
There will be no listing fee to get the product into B&Q. Potentially, the day will enable potential suppliers to access B&Q online in the first instance. From acceptance/approval of the product, suppliers can expect two weeks of loading the product, then a further 12 weeks to facilitate the online build before it goes live.
Suppliers may also be selected to go straight into store, with retail opportunities expected to go live by August 2016.
BHETA home improvement sector director, Paul Grinsell said: "This is a first for potential suppliers and is certain to attract a big response. There will have to be a limit to the number of people that can be accommodated on the day and I therefore urge interested suppliers to contact BHETA as soon as possible. The deadline is 5 January 2016.