Future of International Trade Conference agenda announced


The agenda for The Future for International Trade conference on March 17, 2022 at the Stratford Manor Hotel has been confirmed, along 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 hobby, pet products and home improvement sectors and this year special measures are in place to ensure that the venue and day activities are Covid safe.

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

– Presentations

– Keynote Speaker – John Arnold – UK Government Lobbyist

– Export Procedures and Compliance – Where are we? – Tim Hiscock – Strong and Herd

– Global Economic Forecast – Olivia Merrick – Rathbones

There will then be a Q&A with guest speakers, chaired by Gardenex and PetQuip General Manager 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 Business – Andy Hood – Fieldfisher

– Global Retail Trends – Miles Agbanrin – PR 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 the speakers, chaired by Will Jones , COO of BHETA.

Case studies will be presented by exporters from the household goods, gardening, DIY and pet products sectors:

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

The afternoon break will be followed by the opening speech by Shelley Boyle of ManoMano. The conference ends at 5:15 p.m.

Will Jones, COO of BHETA, said: “There is already considerable industry interest in this top-level export conference thanks to the quality of the agenda and the ideas, inspirations and practical advice that the speakers will give to the delegates. As joint organizers and sponsors, BHETA, Gardenex and Petquip are working with the venue to ensure that all necessary Covid safeguards are in place to ensure the conference is safe 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 occasion focusing on retail trends in international markets, practical aspects of trade logistics, export, compliance and inspiring case studies from some of the UK’s leading exporters. This is to help UK businesses find the best avenues to secure their international sales, particularly in a changing world post-Brexit and with the continued impact of the pandemic.

Seats at the conference can be obtained by contacting one of the organizers. Contact Gardenex or PetQuip by emailing [email protected]; or visit www.gardenex.com. Contact BHETA by emailing [email protected] or visit www.bheta.co.uk. Members of Gardenex, PetQuip, CHA and BHETA are eligible for a preferred 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 Covid secure event and all guests are required to provide a Covid vaccination certificate (downloadable from the NHS app https://www.nhs.uk/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 (passed no more than 24 hours prior to the event) upon arrival at the venue. This policy will be updated as necessary in accordance with any changes in government guidelines.

About Gardenex

Gardenex is the internationally renowned UK 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, hobby and pet products and equipment and plants for commercial horticulture.

Founded in 1961 as a non-profit trade association, the Federation now offers 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 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 successful initiatives and services to encourage and develop the British country’s exports.


Established in 1958, BHETA is the UK’s leading trade association for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in the home improvement market, including home improvement (DIY), garden, housewares 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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