Asda, Aurora and Austin Reed attend sdea Meet the Buyer event

Members of the Shop and Display Equipment Association got the year off to a flying start at the organisation’s highly acclaimed, Meet the Buyer event.  Held annually, this sell-out event attracts some of the UK’s leading retail groups and this year’s was no exception!  sdea members met and did business with senior retail display buyers including those from George at Asda, Aurora Fashion Group and Austin Reed.  In total 90 meetings were organised over the course of the day at the Design Council in London.

 

Organised by sdea for the benefit of its members, this ever popular and rewarding sales opportunity has forged many new business partnerships and delegates are anticipating substantial new business.  Speaking after the event, the Retail Design Manager for George at Asda, said Meet the Buyer was “a great way to meet potential suppliers and refresh your business contacts.”  sdea member Mark Ellis of Metal Craft Industries, a regular delegate, explains how this intensive buying format benefits his company.  “We again found it very worthwhile in securing meetings with potential new clients and networking with SDEA members”.  Fay Birtwell of Tensator continues.  “We are really impressed with the organisation of the event and feel that it was a worthwhile experience for Tensator”.

 

Nick Geaves of Geaves Surface Solutions sums up the thoughts of delegates.  “There is not a better opportunity to meet such quality retailers in such a short space of time, well done SDEA!”

 

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