Gifts Today magazine

Successful Meet The Buyer event for the GA

The Giftware Association hosted the event at The Bond in Digbeth, a venue that is becoming a firm favourite with The GA and suppliers

The event held on 17 October attracted buyers from Choice Marketing, Not On the High Street, The National Gallery, Beales Department Store, The National Gallery, Utility, Brookfield’s Garden Centre and Ocado. Building on their ever-growing list of buyer contacts, the GA have built up a keen base of buyers who are very interested in having access to their members’ products.

Simone Rose, Business Development Manager and organiser of the events said: 'It’s very satisfying to see an event like this come together, as the planning has to be spot on so the buyers see the right suppliers. The buyers' reactions to our past events has been very rewarding as well and word has travelled amongst the buying community with more buyers wanting to take part our future events.'

The suppliers in attendance were as varied and diverse as the buyers in attendance, ranging from innovative kitchen gadgets by New Soda, to delightful card ranges from The Art File, Ezen Limited and Two Little Boys as well as newcomer Venus Bears showcasing his new handmade toy bear and Adornement by Gilli Reeves’ beautiful hand finished gifts to celebrate special occasions. There was something for all the buyers and offered them a small glimpse into how varied The GA membership base really is.

'The Meet The Buyer event was brilliant. I got more out of this event than some trade fairs. We got the opportunity to speak with buyers, which could lead to big things going forward. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I really enjoyed the event,' said Laura Sherratt Designs

Sarah Ward spoke of the success of the event: 'This is our fifth event of the year, and after each one we have been amazed by the success stories we hear back, and the thanks we receive. But importantly, we also to listen to your constructive feedback to make the events even better in the future. We have had a few teething problems which we have ironed out to create a day that works for buyers and suppliers.

'These events are such good value for money and to communicate their value is key amongst our industry and as an Association, we always have our members best interests at heart. To be guaranteed to see buyers that you might never see at a Trade Show in a more relaxed calmer environment is becoming ever more popular after the tough year some of our members have had.'

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