Retail buyers reap the benefits at ‘Connections’ event.

This hugely beneficial buying event organised by the Shop and Display Equipment Association (SDEA) was once again a great success.  Held at a prestigious central London venue last month, ‘Connections’ presented members with a rewarding start to their New Year with a big sales push.  The fast paced, one day networking bonanza, sponsored by NIKI the Bulgarian shopfitting metalwork specialists, attracted some of the UK’s leading retail groups, including New Look and Paul Smith, as well as a number of leading retail design agencies including Retail Design Solutions, Resolution Interiors and 4G Design.

 

This highly acclaimed event, known to retail display suppliers as ‘Meet the Buyer’, was re-launched this year as ‘Connections – linking retail display buyers and suppliers’ to raise awareness within the retail industry and appeal directly to key retail display buyers.

 

Speaking at the end of the event the Head of Store Development at New Look said, “I thoroughly enjoyed today.  Most beneficial.  I’ve met some good contacts for future use.”  Another satisfied delegate from Retail Design Solutions reported, “It was great to meet companies who are offering innovative and cost effective services and materials.  I’m confident that we will be using these new contacts with the creation, design and delivery of new projects and clients that I am working with throughout the coming year.”

 

Overall feedback from members was also good.  Simone Breedon from Display Lighting Ltd said, “Great value day, lots of good contacts” while Martin Tellwright from Advance Display summed up the day with one word, “Brilliant!”  Mark Ellis, Sales and Marketing Director at Metal Craft Industries UK Ltd concluded, “We have been attending Meet the Buyer every year since its inception and found that this year’s event had a great balance of companies between the Design Agency and Retailer.  Another great, ‘not to be missed’ event by the SDEA!”

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