e-News February 2007

Dont' miss the boat...
Expozoo 18-20 March 2007
A last chance to display your brochures and a product sample at Expozoo, Paris- Nord Villepinte.
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Dont' miss the boat...
Zoomark 10-13 May 2007
There’s still time to join the British pavilion at this year’s Zoomark International and claim a £1,800 cash grant towards the cost of exhibiting
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International Trade Forum and 'Meet the Buyers' Day.
Mallory Court Hotel

This year our popular Export Forum and Export Day events are being combined and expanded to provide attendees with more time, more room, more buyer contacts... and more information! At least one representative from each member company should attend because important news will be announced about the progress, expansion and development of the Federation’s commercial export activities which should benefit every member company.

You will have the chance to:

  • discover how to open up new export markets

  • make new contacts with garden and pet care buyers

  • receive a free copy of the exclusive A to Z Guide to Exporting

  • make sure you are capitalising on everything the Federation has to offer

  • obtain advice and practical solutions to help your export development

  • find out how to raise your firm’s international profile - for free

  • ascertain whether the latest legislation on wooden packaging will affect your firm

  • learn how you can access grants to exhibit
    at overseas trade shows

  • hear the Glee organisers’ plans for a
    new-look show this year

Format of the day
The programme starts at 10.00am with the AGM, followed by presentations about the Federation’s activities and the Belgian market for garden and pet products. There will also be news of how Glee is changing for the better in 2007.

The ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions also commence at 10.00am and continue throughout the day. The following buyers have confirmed their attendance.

From Belgium
Aveve – garden centre chain/country store
Mrs Willems (garden)
Mr Van Hoof (pet)

Gamma, leading Belgian DIY retailer
Mr Van Gilbergen

Horta, central buying and marketing co-operation of garden and pet centres
Mr Diderik Devlieghere

Laroy Duvo, leading Belgian distributor to the pet sector
Mr De Somviele

Delhaize, Tom & Co pet retail stores
Mr Van Praet

From Germany
Gartenbedarf-Versand, specialist garden
mail order and online shop
Mr Richard Ward

The afternoon is an opportunity to learn more about the practical help, training and financial support available to you from a wide range of organisations. The focus will be on topical exporting issues and solutions to everyday problems.

The day culminates in key presentations from Mike Wyatt, editor of Garden Trade News and Ralf Majer-Abele, editor of PET in Europe, who will highlight retail and product trends in the international garden and pet care sectors. The proceedings are expected to conclude by 4.30pm.

How to register
Places at the AGM and International Trade Forum cost £49.50 + VAT for members of the Federation and £79.50 + VAT for non members. Participation in the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, which is exclusively for members of the Federation, will be charged at £40 + VAT per meeting. The Federation makes every effort to ensure that at least one meeting is allocated per request. However, due to the complexity of the process, we regret that cannot be guaranteed.

To reserve your place, please contact:
Theresa Swann (
Heather Chalk ( or
Kate Smith ( by email
or telephone +44 (0) 1959 565 995

Please download the
and fax back to us on 01959 565885
as quickly as possible to secure your place and to request your
place(s) on the limited one-to-one ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions.

In brief
Support for SMEs at Pet Industry Christmas Trade Show
12 - 14 October, Chicago

Backer's 41st Annual Pet Industry Trade Show and Educational Conference takes place at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois in mid October. PetQuip has secured UK Trade and Investment support through the Tradeshow Access Programme for new-to-export British SMEs who wish to exhibit at the show. Subject to meeting the terms and conditions of the grant, eligible businesses can claim a flat rate of £1,800 towards the direct costs incurred in taking part.
A reminder
Discount on space at Glee Petindex
For new and existing exhibitors at Glee Petindex who are not already receiving a discount through a sponsoring trade association, being a member of PetQuip entitles them to a 12.5% discount on stand space. In many cases that could more than offset the membership subscription.

Glee Petindex takes place from 16-18 September 2007 at the NEC Birmingham

PetQuip, The White House, High Street, Brasted, Kent TN16 1JE United Kingdom
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