Klondyke confirmed for forthcoming GIMA Buyer Connect

GIMA is pleased to confirm that the Klondyke Group will be joining the line-up of key retailers at the forthcoming GIMA Buyer Connect event (Wednesday 29th May, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium, Reading). 
The horticultural buyer from the Klondyke Group will be joining representatives from Crocus, Wayfair and Haskins Garden Centres to create a thriving speed networking event, which will see potential suppliers meet with key garden retailers in timed 20-minute appointment sessions.  The buyer representatives will be attending to meet with potential new retail partners, as opposed to existing suppliers.
About the buyers/ retailers
The Klondyke Group operates 22 garden centres throughout Scotland, England and Wales. The five Scottish based centres trade as KlondykeGarden Centres, with the 17 garden centres in England and Wales operating under the name of Strikes Garden Centres.  The horticultural buyer has expressed an interest in meeting suppliers of wild bird care, fertiliser, gloves & garden footwear, garden chemicals, propagation,tools, watering, and garden accessories.
As well as sourcing products for www.crocus.co.uk, the Crocus team also work with their affiliates at the RHS, Waitrose and Next. On behalf of these brands, Crocus run their websites, as well as manage the range selection, pricing and distribution from its warehouse and head office facilities in Windlesham. The buyers attending the GIMA Buyer Connect event will be interested to talking to suppliers of core garden (not landscaping), and gardeners’ gifting. 
As a leading online retailer, the Wayfair team is interested in meeting any potential suppliers of garden furniture, structures, sheds, garden décor, garden lighting, summerhouses.  They are not interested in machinery, tools, gloves, seeds, bulbs, fertilisers, chemicals or growing media.  Suppliers must be able to process and pack individual orders, support a supplier portal and provide regular inventory updates. 
Haskins Garden Centres operates four of the largest destination garden centres in the country and has ambitious plans to expand further over the next few years.  The Haskins buying team will be interested in meeting potential suppliers of garden furniture, BBQs, garden décor,garden lighting, water features, building materials, garden lifestyle, non-plastic outdoor pots, compost, chemicals, garden sundries such asmats, watering, propagation, gardening gloves, plant support, and hanging baskets. Supplier of garden tools and seeds are also invited to attend.  Whilst not represented at the Buyer Connect event, suppliers of pet and birdcare are welcome to attend, with feedback shared with the relevant buyer post-event. 
How to get involved
Suppliers who are interested in meeting any or all of these companies should complete the relevant application forms and return them by Friday 10th May.
The cost for non-members taking part in the above sessions will be £145 plus VAT for the first appointment, then £35 plus VAT for any extra meetings after that. GIMA members receive the discounted price of £95 plus VAT for the first meeting and an additional £25 plus VAT for subsequent appointments.
It is anticipated that there will be a lot of interest in these sessions, so interested parties are urged to confirm their applications as soon as possible.  Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis, and GIMA cannot guarantee appointments for all applicants, particularly if they are received late.
Visit www.gima.org.uk/buyer-connect or contact GIMA direct via email or telephone 01959 564947 for further information.
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