Seven leading garden product buyers from Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia and Russia have accepted invitations from the Gardenex export association to participate in its next popular ‘Meet the International Buyers’ event, which will be held at the association’s head office in Brasted, Kent on 7 June 2017.
The event is the latest in a series of highly successful ‘Meet the International Buyers’ initiatives that provide UK suppliers with the opportunity of meeting overseas buyers on a one-to-one basis. During the planning of the events, Gardenex identifies the products being sought by the invited overseas buyers and then arranges meetings with UK suppliers of those products. This format has proved to be highly successful, bringing praise from both suppliers and buyers and resulting in significant export orders over a number of years.
The international garden product buyers travelling to the UK to meet with British suppliers are:
Veseys Seeds, Canada’s leading gardening mail order company that also sells online and through its retail store. The buyer is looking for practical gardening accessories to add to the company’s existing range. The company sells seeds, bulbs, plant trays/starting pots, greenhouse products, testing/measuring kits, fertilisers, biological controls, tools, clothing, bird feeders, baskets, watering products, containers, raised beds and many other practical gardening items and accessories. The company is currently working with some Gardenex member companies and has visited Glee. 1.7 million of the company’s catalogues are circulated annually.
Luka Garden s.r.o., a Czech importer/distributor of gloves, boots, children’s garden items, lighting, garden fire-pits and grills and all types of practical and decorative accessories for garden and home. The buyer is looking to expand its range of UK suppliers, ideally with well-packaged British products which are not already on the Czech market. Customers include around 80 garden centres throughout the Czech Republic including Chládek, the leading independent garden centre in Prague.
Three buyers from Germany. Two are from Gärtner Pötschke, a leading specialist garden mail order company and online shop. Its buyers are regular visitors to Glee and source products from many Gardenex members. The buyers are looking for innovative practical and decorative garden products, particularly those not already available on the German market. The company is a regular ’Meet the International Buyers’ attendee and usually sources from more than half the companies seen on the day, including firms new to exporting. The other German buyer is from Waschbär, a large mail order company and online sales business focussed on environmentally-friendly products in Germany. The buyer is looking for environmentally-friendly garden products to add to the range, as well as pet accessories such as dog leashes, toys and educational items. The company’s existing 7,000 items range from fashion, cosmetics and household goods to garden and free-time. It issues a twice-yearly mail order catalogue and also has four retail shops that sell exclusively the products featured in the catalogues. In addition, it supplies customers across Europe and has set up Swiss, Austrian and Dutch web-shops for its customers in those countries. It already imports from the UK.
The Latvian company, Cerise Ltd, acts both as importer / distributor and retailer. Products handled include garden tools, garden clothing and footwear, garden furniture and decoration, landscaping products, florists’ accessories, household products, lighting and gift items. It supplies garden centres, web-stores, other shops and chains in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, and also exports to its cooperation partner in Russia. It also has its own B2C online store and retail outlet. The company is already importing from several UK suppliers.
The Russian buyer is from Consta Garden, an importer/distributor of goods for gardeners, landscape designers and florists. Products handled include garden clothing and footwear, gardening accessories, tools and gloves. The company supplies garden centres, plant nurseries, professional landscapers, florists and large online garden shops in Moscow and other regions of Russia, as well as having its own B2C online store. It sources products from several UK suppliers.
To ensure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for 25 minute one-to-one meetings with any of the buyers on 7 June, or to find out more about future ‘Meet the Buyers’ events for both the garden and pet sectors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.