Garden Living fair section is a hit

Exhibitors praise changes at Spring Fair's Garden Living section

Changes to Spring Fair’s Garden Living section this year have paid off for exhibitors. The show, which took place earlier this month at Birmingham’s NEC, saw increases in business for many of the exhibitors in the Garden Living hall, some of whom have been taking part since the creation of a garden hall three years ago. “This is probably our best Spring Fair,” said managing director Richard Chapman of Pro-Team Sports & Leisure. “The show has been very good for us. We have been very successful with garden products, as well as home security and solar lighting. “We have been exhibiting at the fair for 15 years. We came into this hall three years ago, when it was brand new and half full. But we persevered and the other exhibitors now fit in very well with us.” Briers south-west of England territory manager Neil Burton said: “The footfall has been excellent. There have been a lot of written orders and we have opened a lot of new accounts as well as seeing existing customers. We seem to have done very well with buyers from Scotland and Ireland. Our clogs and floral wellies have gone well.” Partner Robert Ripley of Euro-meed International said “We are very impressed with Spring Fair. This is the third time we have been here and this has been the best show for us. “We are now considering whether we should come to Autumn Fair as well. We have four companies altogether and this is the smallest, but I think the Monday or Tuesday of this show was the best day that either of us on the stand has experienced with any of our companies at any exhibition,” he added. The latest figures show that there were 71,759 UK visitors and 8,180 from overseas, giving a total of 79,939. This is very slightly down on last year’s total of 80,065, due in part to a drop in international visitors from 8,216 in 2004.

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