Gardenex export federation will play host to buyers of garden and leisure products from Dubai, Pakistan and Switzerland at its open day and meet the buyer event to be held on 7 December.
The event, held at the federation’s headquarters in Brasted, Kent, welcomes Gardenex member companies and potential members and forms part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
During the past year, the federation has arranged for other buyers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA to visit the UK to meet with British suppliers in one-to-one meetings.
The open day gives participants a chance to network with fellow exporters, and potential members can learn about the services and events planned by Gardenex to provide real benefits and new business opportunities in export markets.
Gardenex will also reveal its plans for the forthcoming year and providing its latest A-Z Guide to Exporting.
Dubai Garden Centre
Dubai Garden Centre is described as the largest garden and plant shop in the United Arab Emirates and the country’s first western-style garden centre.
The centre stocks fertilisers, tools, irrigation equipment, pots, fountains, lighting, statues, barbecues as well as garden and indoor furniture. While at the meet-the-buyer event, the company’s buyer will be seeking to extend the company’s range with new British garden products.
Meier garden centre - Switzerland
Meier garden centre will be the Swiss outlet at the event. Founded in 1894, Ernst Meier AG’s latest centre was opened in March this year and comprises an area of 37,000 square metres which includes a large show garden. The buyer from the centre will be seeking new products to add to the company’s range of practical garden accessories, hand tools, watering equipment, garden buildings, outdoor furniture, ponds, giftware and garden and home decorative items.
Horti Group Asia - Pakistan
The buyer from Pakistan will be from Horti Group Asia that operates three retail garden centres in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and also acts as a wholesaler supplying other nurseries, garden centres and landscaping companies across Pakistan. The company is now developing garden centres in Saudi Arabia with the first one planned in 2012 in Jeddah. Horti Group will be seeking a range of garden items, including reconstituted stone, decorative pots/water features, garden tools and machinery, wooden garden furniture/decking, plant food, compost, garden design, barbecues and seeds.
There will also be pet product buyers from Dubai and Spain at the event where they will meet with member companies of the federation’s sister company, PetQuip (the International Trade Association of Pet Equipment Suppliers).