SOLEX organiser welcomes positive feedback for new show

The Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association's (LOFA's) new outdoor furniture show SOLEX (HW, 10 July) will not give visitor numbers but has received feedback from buyers on how the inaugural rival to Glee's outdoor furniture section went.

LOFA secretary Richard Plowman said: "I don't want to get into a numbers game but the quality was great. It wasn't the best time to launch, given the difficult market, but the feedback suggests the show was a success."

He added that the next challenge was to expand 41-exhibitor Solex to accommodate its waiting list.

Solex organisers had hoped for 3,000 visitors to the show.

Glee, which takes place on 21-23 September at NEC Birmingham, attracts 11,000 visitors with an interest in furniture. It has booked around 30 exhibitors from the Telford show.

Next year's SOLEX is set to take place on 13-15 July 2009.

VISITOR FEEDBACK

Anthony Rash, director, The Gardens Group "The show allowed us to spend more time with the exhibitors than we would normally have given ourselves."

Roger Head, Forest Lodge Garden Centre "This is the outdoor furniture show we have been waiting for."

Hazel Stephenson, Charlton Park Garden Centre "Eighty per cent of the furniture we are buying for 2009 will come from exhibitors at SOLEX."

Liz Smith, Scotsdales Garden Centre "SOLEX is definitely the right show at the right time. We've really enjoyed it."


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