Agenda of the Conference on the Future of International Trade announced


The agenda for The Future for International Trade on March 17, 2022 at the Stratford Manor Hotel has been confirmed, with its keynote speaker, Shelley Boyle, Business Development Manager at online retailer ManoMano. This popular event is sponsored by three of the leading trade associations in the garden and recreation, pet products and home improvement industries. This year, special measures are being put in place to ensure that the venue and the day’s activities are secure against Covid.

The event opens with registration at 9:30 am and details for the morning session are as follows:

– Presentations

– Keynote Speaker – John Arnold – UK Government Lobbyist

– Export procedures and compliance – Where are we now? – Tim Hiscock – Fort and Herd

– Global Economic Forecasts – Olivia Merrick – Rathbones

There will then be a question-and-answer session with speakers, chaired by Gardenex and PetQuip CEO, Amanda Sizer Barrett, followed by refreshments and an “Ask the Experts” networking session before the morning ends. with two other speakers:

– International trade legalities for companies – Andy Hood – Fieldfisher

– Global Retail Trends – Miles Agbanrin – CP Euromonitor International

Lunch and further networking with “Ask the Experts” will be followed in the afternoon by a series of six export case studies, as well as a question-and-answer session with speakers, chaired by Will Jones, COO of BHETA.

Case studies will be presented by exporters from the housewares, gardening, DIY and pet products industries:

  • John Langford – Croydex
  • Jonathan Collier – Monument Tools
  • Steve Turner – Spear & Jackson
  • Dan Robson – Grow Sow Simple
  • Ben Braithwaite – ChickenGuard

The afternoon break will be followed by opening remarks by Shelley Boyle of ManoMano. The conference ends at 5.15 p.m.

Will Jones, COO of BHETA, said: “The industry is already very interested in this high level export conference thanks to the quality of the agenda and the ideas, inspiration and practical advice. that the speakers will give to the delegates. As joint organizers and sponsors, BHETA, Gardenex and Petquip are working with the site to ensure that all necessary safeguards are in place with respect to Covid to ensure that the conference is secure and that speakers and delegates can enjoy it with confidence.

Gardenex and PetQuip Managing Director Amanda Sizer Barrett confirmed, “The Future for International Trade conference is always a lively and informative opportunity focused on retail trends in international markets, the practicalities of logistics. export, compliance and inspirational case studies from some of the UK’s top exporters. This is about helping UK businesses follow their best routes to secure international sales, especially in a changed world after Brexit and with the continuing impact of the pandemic. ”

Seating for the conference can be obtained by contacting one of the organizers. Contact Gardenex or PetQuip by sending an email to [email protected]; or visit Contact BHETA by sending an email to [email protected] or visit Gardenex, PetQuip, CHA and BHETA members can benefit from a preferential delegate rate of £ 69 per person at the conference. The event is also open to non-members at £ 149 per person (both plus VAT).

The Future for International Trade conference will operate as a secure Covid event and all invitees are required to provide a Covid vaccination certificate (downloadable from the NHS app prior to the arrival . Anyone unable to provide a certificate in advance will be required to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test (no more than 24 hours prior to the event) upon arrival at the site. This policy will be updated as needed based on any changes to government directives.

About Gardenex

Internationally recognized, Gardenex is the British federation of garden and leisure manufacturers. Its role is to help and support UK suppliers to export worldwide and to encourage international trade buyers to source UK gardening, leisure and pet products, as well as equipment and commercial horticultural plants.

Founded in 1961 as a not-for-profit trade association, the Federation now provides convenient and efficient international trade services to members of its three associations: Gardenex, PetQuip and the Commercial Horticultural Association. The Federation has a busy calendar of events and activities each year and provides its members with exclusive industry-specific research and international sales leads.

Its dedicated and experienced team works closely with the UK Government’s Department for International Trade and is a government-accredited Trade Challenge Partner to the highest standards to deliver practical, cost-effective and efficient initiatives and services to encourage and develop the country’s exports from the United Kingdom.


Formed in 1958, BHETA is the UK’s premier trade association for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in the home improvement market, including home improvement (DIY), garden , household items and small electrical appliances.

BHETA has over 300 members, representing £ 15.5 billion in retail sales and 15,000 employees. It is also a Trade Challenge Partner of the DIT to support and develop the international and export aspirations of its members.


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