Suppliers enjoy Meet the Buyer Day with Wilko

THE British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held another of its Meet The Buyer retail networking days with home and hardware retailer, Wilko and welcomed 55 suppliers to West Retford Hall in Nottinghamshire for over 100 appointments with members of the buying team.

Categories represented on the day included home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning and household, seasonal and craft. The event focussed on potential suppliers who could offer a wide variety of products as well as drop ship capabilities in the garden sector. 

Wilko, which now has over 400, mostly high street stores in the UK, positions itself as providing simple solutions to help families get their day-to-day lives sorted as quickly, easily and affordably as possible. 

Commenting on the day, BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones said, “The event was a great success with the Wilko team kept busy all day. We also had very good feedback from both BHETA members and non-members who reported on some very positive meetings.”

Neil Fairhurst of Wilko added, “This was a very productive format from our point of view, enabling us to engage with a large quantity of potential suppliers in a short space of time.”

Supplier companies participating in the event were allocated a 20-minute appointment time to present credentials and cover the features and benefits of the products they were offering, including cost price proposals.

More details of BHETA’s events programme, including other retailer networking opportunities can be found on the BHETA website

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BHETA to hold Meet the Buyer Day with Wilko

THE British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host another of its Meet The Buyer retail networking days with Wilko, the home and hardware retailer which now has over 400, mostly high street, stores in the UK.

The event which will include the whole Wilko buying team will take place on 13 November in the Shelley Suite, Best Western West Retford Hall, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Wilko’s listings include all the following categories – home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning and household and stationery and craft, as well as pet, seasonal, toys and health and beauty. It positions itself as providing simple solutions to help families get their day to day lives sorted as quickly, easily and affordably as possible. At the Meet The Buyer event, Wilko buyers are looking for companies who can offer a wide variety of products. Current supplier rationalisation means that prospective suppliers must be able to offer multiple lines and garden suppliers need to have drop ship capabilities.

Commenting on the forthcoming event, BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones, said: “We are delighted to be providing members with another great opportunity to schedule face to face meetings with the key buyers for their categories. It’s also exciting to be working with a retail partner which literally spans all of the sectors of interest to the BHETA membership.”

Wilko Retail Limited, formerly Wilkinson Cash Stores and Wilkinson Hardware Stores was founded in Leicester by James Kemsey Wilkinson in 1930 and remains in the hands of the founding family today. Companies participating in the event will be allocated a 20-minute appointment time. A maximum of two people from each supplier company will be allowed and suppliers are urged to use the time available to concentrate on the features and benefits of the products they are offering, supported by cost price proposals.
 
Will continued: “This event is sure to attract a big response and there will be a limit to the number of people that can be accommodated on the day.  Interested suppliers are therefore urged to make themselves known to Helen Farnell in BHETA Member Services team as soon as possible, so that we can confirm arrangements.”

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