Garden Retail

This month we are delighted to publish an exclusive news update from Gardenex.   

Big Year Ahead for Gardenex and its Members!

With the Covid-19 vaccination rollout gathering pace, there is genuine optimism that the business world can soon start planning its recovery, including a return of International Trade Exhibitions that are so important to growth.

Gardenex, the UK’s Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers Ltd, will take a lead role in helping British suppliers to bounce back, especially in their efforts to export around the world.

Amanda Sizer Barrett, Director General of the Federation (above), discusses how Gardenex will be supporting its members throughout the recovery in 2021 and beyond.

Huge Challenges

“The past couple of years have seen huge challenges for UK businesses with the uncertainties of Brexit and the current coronavirus pandemic, but Gardenex is here to help. As members of Gardenex, companies can benefit from our support and guidance on all aspects of future exporting, and we look forward to continuing to work with businesses to help them increase International sales.

“We are looking forward to helping UK suppliers in the next months to navigate the outcome of the Brexit deal and to seize the undoubted International business opportunities that lie ahead.

Trade Deal Bulletins

“Following the announcement of the UK-EU Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which was reached by the UK and the European Union on Christmas Eve and implemented from 1st January, Gardenex launched a series of invaluable trade deal information bulletins to help UK companies navigate their way around the new rules in 2021”.

 “The series of bulletins are part of a suite of invaluable information being provided to member companies. The combination of bulletins, industry updates, webinars and the association’s online helpline is providing companies with valuable insights and practical support to help them protect and expand their international sales in a profitable manner following the UK’s exit from the EU”.

"Our webinars and virtual Meet the International Buyers events have also proved valuable to exporters during a time when business people have not been able to meet face to face. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a return to ‘live’ events in 2021 once current restrictions are lifted and we are safe to do so. 

Comprehensive Show Package

“We’re hopeful that Spoga+gafa (above) will take place on its re-arranged date of May 30-June 1 2021, where we’ll be supporting UK exhibitors as usual. We’ll be providing a comprehensive show support package for exhibitors, which includes organising space and stand build if required; advice and information on all aspects of exhibiting; excellent International PR coverage before, during and after the event.

A multi-lingual Product Innovation brochure which will be sent to international buyers drawn from our exclusive database; plus help during and following the event to maximise sales leads and guidance on converting these to new export sales.” 

“Gardenex’s comprehensive UK Pavilion and stand package is designed so that participating exhibitors can just turn up and display their products. The association’s dedicated event organisers will also help with freight, travel, accommodation and other logistics."

A-Z Guide to Exporting

“Another key and exclusive benefit of Gardenex membership is the A-Z Guide to Exporting, a comprehensive resource of exporting information, advice and practical tips. The 95-page edition provides advice on finding export customers, on working with distributors and international customers generally and explains the main kinds of export documentation and payment and shipping terms required in international trade." 

"It also contains over 400 links to websites which provide detailed information and advice on all aspects of exporting, and provides a snapshot of 10 key international markets for the garden sector.”

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