Working with UK Trade & Investment and the show organisers, the federation will be providing a range of facilities and events for British suppliers of garden, leisure and pet products and for overseas visitors to the show.
The ‘International Buyers Connect’ meetings that were introduced at the show in 2014 will be held again this year on the first two days of the show. The 10-minute introductory exchanges between exhibitors and overseas buyers open up the possibility of more extensive meetings on the exhibitors’ stands during the show. To date, nine buyers have confirmed their participation in timed sessions on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 September. These include two German mail order / internet sales companies, a US wholesaler and mail order company, an Austrian internet sales company, a Swedish distributor, an importer / distributor and a wholesaler from Finland, a Swiss distributor and a distributor from The Netherlands. Exhibitors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further details and for appointments.
A new feature this year will be an exhibition area adjacent to the International Buyers’ Centre which will be hosted by the PetQuip association, the division of The Federation that helps pet care firms increase their international business. The PetQuip Business Village will be open to all suppliers of pet care products. There visitors can also learn more about how PetQuip helps firms increase their business internationally on the PetQuip information stand (17N66).
Gardenex diretcor general Amanda Sizer Barrett said: "Glee 2015 will provide a wide range of opportunities to help existing and aspiring exporters of garden, leisure and pet products to open up and expand sales to overseas markets. In addition to the popular and beneficial business facilities available to international buyers in the International Buyers’ Centre, we will be distributing the latest Gardenex Directory of British Garden & Leisure Products and the PetQuip Buyers’ Guide to buyers visiting the exhibition. The two multi-lingual publications are definitive directories of major UK suppliers of garden, leisure and pet products who are ready to export. These publications are used extensively by buyers in markets across the world to identify appropriate British suppliers with whom to work. In addition to distributing the directories to international buyers and distributors at various international garden and pet trade shows during the year, the Federation mails copies of the directory to its extensive database of overseas buyers, international press and to commercial staff at British Embassies and Consulates throughout the world, generating business leads throughout the year.
"UK Trade & Investment will add further support at Glee by inviting regional and international trade advisers to meet with exhibitors. The Gardenex federation will also be presenting some of the export related seminars being organised by UKTI. We look forward to meeting with suppliers of garden and pet products at Glee who are seriously contemplating exporting and encouraging them to take advantage of the many export opportunities on offer at Glee this year."