HortiFair exhibitors report brisk business

Companies up-beat about year ahead

Exhibitors at International Horti Fair have reported a good level of business despite visitor levels dropping by more than 3,000 to 51,227 at this year’s show, held at the RAI complex in Amsterdam. Hampshire-based agricultural growth regulator producer Mandops attended. General manager Phil Forster said: “We’ve seen a lot of interest from potential distributors, particularly from Holland, Spain and Turkey, and got a good taste of the international market.” Commercial Horticultural Association secretary Chris Wood said: “I came here with a number of new companies from the UK, all of which have indicated that they will return. They were enthusiastic about contacts and orders.” Horticulture consultant John Adlam felt that, with a high level of overseas visitors at this year’s event, it had become more of an export showcase for the Dutch industry. While he noted fewer stands than last year, he was impressed with the level of new products and services being launched at the show. Both UK businesses and foreign companies competing in the UK market were confident of good trade within the UK next year Sales and operation manager Folkert Kouwenhoven of Dutch glasshouse manufacturer Kassenbouwbedrijf Jan Knijnenburg said: “The market is slow in the UK at the moment but we are not losing business to others. Banks are being careful of the money they lend to businesses. I expect things to pick up next year.”

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