What do you think of the Hard Landscaping Show?

HW polled exhibitors and visitors at last week's exhibition.

"It's a new show so we didn't know what to expect. But there has been a steady flow of people.

"It has been predominantly landscape contractors who have been coming to our stand. We decided to run a competition during the show, which gives us the opportunity to take down visitors' contact details.

"We have been running Progreen for the amenity market for about two years, although we are backed by Boothmans Agriculture, which was set up in 1975, so we are exploring a new show to bring our products into the landscaping market." -

Robert Boothman, director, Progreen

"You never know until you get to a show what it will be like. It's the first year of the show so we didn't know what sort of visitors would be coming here, but we brought a couple of new garden products along that we decided to launch at the show.

"With shows, people tend to come to look more than to buy, but it is about what contacts we make. We have also done East Gro and Southern Growers, as well as having our products used on a stand at Chelsea, but you do get a mixed response from shows. However, you don't need many good leads to make it worthwhile."

Phil Cumberland, managing director, Fenland Ironworks

"It has been fairly good and I have been offering trade people samples - that always gets lots of interest.

"At this show, as well as meeting people I've seen before, I'm also meeting new people from the Midlands. The Ricoh Arena is a good venue and the organisation has been good.

"I have mostly had landscape contractors and garden designers coming to my stand. I am more interested in quality not quantity of visitors. Although it isn't heaving, that doesn't matter. Having more time at an intimate show is useful. No-one can miss you." 

Lisa Beard, managing director, Quercus Fencing

"There is quality of exhibitors at this show and although it is small, from acorns grow oaks.

"I wanted to come to talk to everyone and support the show. One of the benefits of the show for me is it is easier to talk to some of my current suppliers face to face and ideally try to get costs down for later in the year.

"I have also seen new technology at the show, which is great. One of the interesting products I have seen is a resin that you can pour into concrete and leave for a few hours to expand so there isn't the problem of vibration."

James Steele-Sargent, managing director, Arun Landscapes

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