BHETA export conference takes shape

Some of the leading exporters in the home enhancement, garden and leisure and pet product sectors are lining up to share their experiences with delegates at The Future for International Trade conference.

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, will take place on March 12 at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Aiming to inspire current and future exporters, four successful businesses will share their exporting experiences.

BHETA member Tony Grimshaw OBE, director of Lancashire-based housewares manufacturer What More UK, will explain how his company embarked on its 10-year journey into international trade, from first exhibiting at German trade fair Ambiente in 2009 to its commitment to increase its export total to 80 countries this year, picking up a Queen’s Award for International Trade along the way.

VegTrug has been a member of Gardenex and BHETA from the very early days of the business, and chief executive officer Joe Denham will outline the story of the company’s growth and how it has used the association’s events and services to boost sales leads worldwide. It exports its wide range of V-shaped planters and other grow-your-own products around the world.

Other speakers include Steve Turner, export director of garden and hand tools brand Spear & Jackson, which has divisions across England, France, China and Australia; and Stephen Turner, managing director of Group55: a UK-based manufacturer of pet care hygiene products and a private-label manufacturer. Established in 1999, millions of Group55 products have been sold in more than 50 countries. 

The speakers will address the changes anticipated following Britain’s departure from the EU, trends in global retailing, and highlight the export support available from trade associations and the government.

Also invited to participate will be a wide range of experienced export service providers specialising in transport, logistics, IP, international business law, along with exhibition organisers and government advisors.

BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones commented “BHETA is delighted to be working with Gardenex and PetQuip on this joint initiative, which is designed to provide insights, inspiration and practical advice for companies looking to expand overseas. We anticipate a packed house, given the immense topicality of the subject.”

Places can be reserved at the conference by contacting any of the organisers. Contact Gardenex or PetQuip on 01959 565995; email or; or visit

Contact BHETA on 0121 237 1130, email or visit 

Members of Gardenex, PetQuip, CHA and BHETA can secure a preferential delegate rate of £69 per person at the conference. The event is also open to non-members at £149 per person (both plus VAT).


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