Trans-Continental showroom open days and new brand, CoSi
The grand unveiling of Transcon's full 2016 garden furniture showroom is on Monday 20th July; they are holding a 4 day trade event (open to general trade) and then booking bespoke appointments, offering exclusive visits from Friday 24th July onwards. Additionally there will be a Clearance Event on Tuesday 21st July.
The highlight will be the latest innovative brand in their 2016 outdoor furniture collection, CoSi:
The range will have "huge appeal to the style conscious customer," says Transcon. CoSi looks like and feels like indoor furniture but amazing technology makes it suitable for outdoors. Designed using high quality materials that are resistant to external elements, CoSi comes with a 3 year guarantee. Nautilex, a waterproof fabric used for equipping high quality yachts, has been selected to upholster the collection. Its stain resistant coating, ensures years of optimal use, even in extreme weather conditions. Weather changes do not have any negative impact on the interior of the furniture, which is specially constructed using water-resistant materials. These unique features result in very low maintenance.
This exciting premium, contemporary new brand was exclusively unveiled at SOLEX and was exceptionally well received; arguably the most talked about new brand at the show! Trans-Continental will be running the below styles / colours for 2016 and the full range will be available from their UK warehouse in Preston. All 5 styles are on display in their brand new showroom for 2016.
- Torino – graphite, light grey, blue
- Tom - graphite, light grey, blue
- Frekis – graphite, white, light grey, blue
- Verona – graphite, mid grey, light grey, blue
- Amsterdam, graphite, white, light grey, blue
Outdoor Trade Show 2015 Visitor Registration now open!
The countdown to the UK's largest outdoor trade show has officially begun, marked by the opening of online visitor registration for the 10th anniversary of the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS).
Taking place from Tuesday 15th September to Thursday 17th September 2015 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, OTS 2015 offers a fantastic opportunity for retailers to see a wide variety of outdoor brands presenting clothing, footwear and accessory products in the exhibition halls, at the same time as allowing camping and caravanning retailers to browse through the hundreds of tents and caravan awnings on display outdoors.
With two months still to go until the show opens, 110 companies have already signed up to exhibit, including Hi-Tec, Craghoppers, Burton McCall, Vango and Whitby & Co, as well as 2015 newcomers Regatta, Outback UK and Mountain Boot Company. A record number of 21 exhibitors have also booked space outdoors, including Kampa, Isabella Awnings, Dorema and Terra Nova.
Trade visitors can now register to attend the largest outdoor show in the UK via the new OTS 2015 website www.outdoortradeshow.com by filling in one simple online form. Once this form has been completed, visitors will receive a confirmation email with their barcode to print and take along to the show in September, to receive a badge and free entry.
OTS has come a long way since the inaugural event in 2006, where 46 exhibitors and 621 visitors were hosted in one hall at Stoneleigh Park. Last year, OTS hosted 129 exhibiting companies from all aspects of the outdoor industry along with 1399 unique trade visitors who attended the show over the three days.
For further information about OTS 2015, please visit the event's official website www.outdoortradeshow.com, follow the show on Twitter http://twitter.com/OTS2015, or like the Outdoor Trade Show page on Facebook. www.facebook.com/OTSshow
For further information about securing exhibition space at OTS 2015, please contact the show organisers, MCS, on 0161 437 4634 or visit www.outdoortradeshow.com to download the exhibitor booking form.
New Ownership and New Investment for Gardman
We are very pleased to announce that Gardman Limited has today been bought out by its management, backed by private equity fund Rutland Partners.
With renewed focus, increased financial strength, and a management team led by Chairman Jonathan Halford, Gardman is now well placed to build on its reputation as the market leading Supplier of sundries into the UK garden market.
"This deal represents the best possible future for Gardman" said Jonathan Halford. "Over the last 2 years Gardman has been through an essential but challenging period of change. Thanks to the dedication, commitment and loyalty of our Employees, Agents and Customers we have emerged a far stronger business culminating in today's announcement."
Mr Halford continued "This new investment therefore marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Gardman's future and together with Rutland's experience in delivering business transformation, provides us with the platform to deliver our ambitious future growth plans. This will include continued focus on our recently launched brands strategy, further improvements in the product range and an investment in operations to deliver higher service levels to customers."
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to invest in Gardman and back Jonathan in his strategy to improve performance and develop the business further," added Ben Slatter of Rutland. "We believe that Gardman's long established brand, much valued Agency sales force and nationwide distribution network will stand us in good stead to take the business to the next level. To this end we are very pleased to provide the immediate funding platform to support the future investment in brands, capital equipment and additional working capital."
Proud British Manufacturers
Over recent years there has been a transition in Britain. People have become more interested in keeping it British, resulting in a home-made culture of production and consumerism based on British products. We can all agree that making the decision to buy British made products is something that provides great benefit to the nation. This can create not only improvements in the quality of the product but aids growth to the UK economy. Choosing to utilise British manufacturing instead of looking overseas ensures that transportation is kept to a minimum and therefore can be of major benefit to the environment, making our nation a little more 'green'.
Hutton Garden Products manufacture from their home in Gloucestershire maintaining a strict approach to high quality workmanship, stemming from the heritage of this family business. Hutton manufactures a wide range of garden furniture, picnic tables, arbours, arches, planters, bird tables, deluxe fence panels and trellis, raised bed kits, compost bins and log stores.
"We are a proud British manufacturer, and sell to predominantly British retailers, UK manufacturing has become more fashionable as consumers choose to support products made in the UK because of premium design and quality", said Catherine Preston, of Hutton.
Garden Centre Catering
Caterleisure Group will create a successful catering solution for your garden centre, driving footfall which will result in increased sales throughout your business.
Our unique approach to client partnerships through open and honest communication will ensure the best possible agreement for you.
- Offering financial investment
- Giving you security of minimal set up costs
- Ensuring all legislation is met
- Guaranteed income into your business
For a free consultation contact Louise Hodgson on 07769 592 462, Amanda McGreavy 07419 128 274
Famous rose growers unite behind Dragonfli Roots Boost
Peter Beales Roses and Whartons Nurseries are teaming up with Dragonfli to offer the ultimate planting aid for roses.
Whartons Nurseries will market the new Peter Beales recommended Roots Boost exclusively to garden centres alongside their famous roses. Roots Boost combines 18 species of Endo and Ecto Mycorrhiza fungi, which ensures Roots Boost aids many different plant types and is combined with bio stimulants and microbes to improve plant health and help suppress soil borne diseases.
- The benefits to roses and other plants with using Roots Boost include:
- Early root establishment and increased root growth
- More efficient uptake of nutrients
- Increased water uptake and drought resistance
- Improved plant vigour and health
Available in three re-sealable pouches:
- 60g [4 plant pack],
- 250g [15 plant pack]
- 500g [30 plant pack]
For garden centre trade supply contact Whartons on 01379 606020 or email: email@example.com, or for technical advice please call Dragonfli on 01284 830400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel Bowls - New From Beco
When your customers are off on their holidays, we know that looking after their dog lovingly during the trip is a high priority. Now's the time to stock Beco Pets' unique Travel Bowl, produced by Britain's biggest manufacturer of eco-friendly pet products and accessories.
The bowls, made from silicone, come in three bright colours, green, pink and blue, and collapse completely flat - perfect for fitting in to a holiday suitcase. Whether they're shopping for a Dachshund, Terrier or Corgi (small sized bowl), or for a Labrador, German Shepherd or Husky (large bowls), this item is perfect for dogs 'on-the-go'.
Holidaymakers travelling by car or plane, camping or hiking, love these bowls which are durable, non-toxic and flexible. They're so bendable you can fold them up and put them in a large pocket or handbag. Pets need never miss a meal while outdoors. It's important to keep dogs fully hydrated, and these bowl comes in handy for a quick drink stop.
Small Beco Travel Bowl RRP - £5.99. Large Beco Travel Bowl RRP - £9.99.
Scruffs Celebrate Decade Of Trade
Manchester-based luxury pet bed specialists Scruffs© celebrated their tenth anniversary in the pet industry last month. After being established in the Spring of 2005, Scruffs© has grown to be a market leader within their sector, consistently strengthening their range with high quality products. In January, Sales Director Dubby Klyne said, "We're celebrating our tenth birthday this year, and I have to give praise to the talented and motivated staff here at Scruffs© for making these last 10 years a raging success".
Scruffs© celebrated their 10th year in style with a number of events in May; offering a '10 day giveaway' event on their Facebook along with a free Snuggle Blanket with every online Scruffs© purchase during the birthday week last month. Scruffs© also visited Manchester Dogs Home and donated a number of products to help rebuild and support the home following its tragic fire in September last year. Marketing Assistant Stephen Wooder said, "It was a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to give something back to the community of people who have supported us during our 10 years; and we're all very excited as to what the future holds". The company have recently expanded their product line-up to include licenced ranges from The Kennel Club© and Crufts© and will be looking forward to more growth in the coming years.
MyBalconia Makes Its Solex Debut For Fallen Fruits
Garden gift and furniture company, Fallen Fruits is launching a contemporary designer collection of furniture, pots, planters and giftware all aimed at balcony gardening. Called MyBalconia, the range is a clever blend of foldaway space saving, modern colours, stylish design and quirky fun and is a significant development for the Fallen Fruits brand, which is known for its combination of nature-led inspiration and the impetus to recycle and make anew.
The MyBalconia collection includes tables and chairs in grey, leaf green, white, red, blue, black and natural colourways, many of which fold away when not in use, but which extend to provide generous space for alfresco dining. Using the same colour themes the range also includes half pots, planters and watering cans for positioning against a wall and other versions which hook onto or clip over a balcony rail. There are also balcony friendly parasols, mats, lights, drinks holders and a barbecue option. Last but not least, MyBalconia boasts a range of balcony-loving gnomes which climb over or swing from the balcony edge to add an amusing and delightful finishing touch.
Garden retailers can contact Fallen Fruits for more information about this and other collections by contacting the company on:
Don’t Miss The Outdoor Trade Show
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s Outdoor Trade Show (OTS 2015) begins on Tuesday 15th September 2015, taking place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Not only do retailers have the unique opportunity of viewing clothing, footwear and accessory products inside the two exhibition halls, but over 500 tents from the industry’s leading brands will be pitched on the grass outdoors at the same time to attract a wider variety of retail visitors. Over 90 exhibitors have already booked stands to take advantage of retailers looking to diversify, including cooking equipment brands Cadac and Cobb, and leading clothing brands such as Trespass and Regatta.
OTS Organiser Marta Williams comments: “With OTS now in its tenth year, the show is well established and popular amongst both visitors and exhibitors alike, with an increasing number of retail buyers in a variety of relevant markets recognising that it is THE place to be and not wanting to miss out on a great opportunity to do some serious business. Over the years, the show has become increasingly relevant for brands that want to present their ranges to a new customer base, making OTS a must for all retailers looking for crossover products. There will be many products relevant to the garden and outdoor living market on display, from outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories to outdoor furniture and cooking equipment such as BBQ’s.”
Taking place from Tuesday 15th September to Thursday 17th September 2015 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, OTS 2015 offers a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their product ranges to around 1,300 retail visitors over the three days.
For further information about securing exhibition space at OTS 2015, please contact the show organisers, MCS, on 0161 437 4634 or visit www.outdoortradeshow.com.
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