UK makes waves with biggest-ever presence

More UK exhibitors and visitors than ever before attend International Hori Fair

Britain’s presence at this year’s International Horti Fair was greater than ever and UK exhibitors are hailing the show as a huge success. This year, more than 35 British stands took up a total of 900sq m, compared with just 250sq m five years ago. Regular exhibitors among them also noted an increase in the amount of UK visitors attending the show. Commercial Horticulture Association (CHA) secretary Chris Wood said: “This is by far the biggest UK representation we’ve given at Horti Fair. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken to has been happy with how things are going, many have taken orders and some have had direct sales.” Similar reports came from the different UK companies on display. Technical manager David Cary of pest solution provider Exosect said: “We’ve had a busy stand and created some good relationships. We’ve been getting enquiries from all over the world, which is the good thing about this show.” Terraseed investor Mike Yarrow was more than happy with the level of enquiries into the company’s physical barrier systems: “It has been fascinating. We’re meeting people from all over the world who are seriously interested in the product. Attendance has been good and we’re getting lots of attention.” Marketing manager for Chichester-based Chrysanthemum breeder Cleangro Veronica Mason said: “The UK industry is shrinking while other parts of the world are developing so we come to Horti Fair to keep our share of the market. Here we get to meet a lot of people in one place in a short time, while keeping in touch with what’s happening within the industry. Naturally, we’re also here to make new contacts too.”

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