Leekes to headline BHETA forum

The next retailer networking forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) will feature Leekes buying controller Amanda Reed.

Leekes is an independent retailer which was established in South Wales in 1897 and has six home department stores in South Wales, Wiltshire, and the Midlands. Many of its product offers are exclusive to the brand.

BHETA said: ‘Amanda will bring BHETA members up to speed on recent changes at the group, which offers housewares alongside garden and DIY products. She will outline all Leekes’ latest projects and how suppliers can support future developments and further establish trading relationships.’

Delegates at the forum will also hear from Ben Delaney, associate director – Midlands at CBI, who will present a general economic update post-Brexit; and GlobalData analysts Emily Stella and Amy Higginbotham, who will discuss the latest statistics from the home improvement market and outline the reports which GlobalData can supply to BHETA members.

The fourth speaker will be John Pierce, ceo of the Made In Britain Campaign, which supports and promotes British manufacturing, enabling buyers and consumers at home and abroad to identify Britishmade products. John will talk about how Made In Britain can help small and medium-sized British manufacturers.

BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones commented: “Leekes is very much an up-and-coming retail brand and offers many opportunities for BHETA members across all categories. This forum will provide BHETA members with a unique insight into the opportunities for trading relationships going forward.”

The event, which will be held at BHETA’s headquarters in central Birmingham on March 25, includes refreshments and a networking lunch. Registration will commence at 9.30 am. In the first instance, please register interest with BHETA’s member services co-ordinator Zara Miah on zm@bheta.co.uk.

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