Three trade associations in the home enhancement, garden and leisure and pet product sectors are joining forces to host a conference on the theme of ‘The Future for International Trade’, ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU. BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has teamed up with Gardenex (Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers) and PetQuip (International Trade Association of Pet Equipment Suppliers) for the day-long event, which will take place on March 12 at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon- Avon, Warwickshire. The aim of the conference is to help suppliers understand and

navigate Brexit complexities and highlight the export support and opportunities available. Delegates will hear from

experts on the changes and challenges of trading internationally after the UK leaves the EU, including case studies from successful exporters in the home enhancement, gardening and leisure and pet product sectors. Also invited to participate will be service providers specialising in transport, logistics, IP and international business law, along with exhibition organisers and government advisors. BHETA housewares sector

executive director Will Jones commented: “We are confident that the programme of

T&G Woodware holds export discussion

Housewares supplier T&G Woodware recently welcomed a visit from Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox MP to its headquarters in Bristol for a round table discussion with local SMEs (small and medium- sized enterprises) on the subject of exporting. Chaired by Paul Shand, south-

west regional director for DIT (Department for International Trade), the aim of the initiative was to hear about T&G Woodware’s export journey, and understand the wider issues faced by local exporting SMEs. The company’s managing

director Patrick Gardner, head of

marketing Jenny Handley and export manager Corinne Price gave Liam and Paul a tour of T&G Woodware’s showroom. The foursome is pictured with T&G’s Woodware Ocean Collection, which is designed to raise awareness of the problems of plastic waste in our oceans. T&G Woodware makes a donation to the charity Plastic Oceans UK from the sale of each Ocean product. Commenting on the event,

Patrick Gardner said: “A very successful and interesting morning was had by all.” Dr Liam Fox added: “T&G are a great example of an environmentally

conscious business who export all over the world.”


BHETA to co-host Brexit conference

presentations will provide delegates with expert information, practical advice and inspiration, while a wide range of export service providers will give face-to-face export guidance to delegates.” To reserve places at the

conference call BHETA on 0121 237 1130, email or visit Members of BHETA can secure a preferential delegate rate of £69+vat per person. The event is also open to non-members at £149+vat per person.

L-R: Andy Dilworth and Richard Cartwright

New appointments at Stax Trade Centres

Housewares wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has announced details of two major new appointments at its Manchester branch. Richard Cartwright and Andy Dilworth have joined the company as area sales representatives. Richard is taking on responsibility for North Wales and Merseyside, while Andy is focusing on the rest of the north- west region. With particular expertise in horticulture,

Richard has recently been involved in sales of various gardening and outdoor product lines from names such as Gardman, AFK, Leisuregrow, Henri Studio and Deco Pak. Having also previously worked as a garden centre manager, he has a detailed understanding of retail operations. Andy brings a similar level of sales expertise to the 650-strong Stax team including section management and buyer roles at the Stax Leeds branch. Like Richard he also has particular experience of the garden and horticulture sector, having represented Gardman products, as well as brands such as Evergrow, Flymo and Wilkinson Sword. Stax operations director Tim Ball said: “These

L-R: T&G Woodwares’s export manager Corinne Price and managing director Patrick Gardner with Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and T&G Woodware’s head of marketing Jenny Handley

are two key appointments that will allow us to take our customer support service to the next level. Both Richard and Andy have the experience they need to hit the ground running and are a fantastic addition to an already great team. They share our passion for supporting independent retailers, so our customers in the north-west, North Wales and Merseyside will really benefit from their positive approach and their knowledge of the wholesale market.”

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