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Choice ‘Meet the Buyer’ at Spring Fair

Choice Marketing held a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at Spring Fair 2019 where 50+ gift and home suppliers had the opportunity to meet up with Choice members in an informal yet productive environment.

The event was held in the NEC Gallery Suite on Tuesday afternoon. Prosecco was kindly sponsored by Decco and The Great British Card Company and soft drinks were courtesy of ITE Exhibitions.

Attendance was free to the invited suppliers who were each provided with a 1m² table on which to display a small selection of products and sales material. Set-up and closedown were completed in less than 10 minutes providing a very efficient and professional event.

Suppliers were exceptionally pleased with the attendance, Choice members were booking orders and arranging centre visits. One member confirmed that he had placed 7 orders in just over an hour.

Michelle de Lavis-Trafford, Choice CEO, extended her thanks to suppliers for their commitment, particularly as it was scheduled at the end of a long day at the Show. She further added this type of event, which Choice has now run for a couple of years, puts members and suppliers in touch in a relaxed and friendly environment and strengthens Choice Marketing’s supplier relations.


Michael McGunnigle of the Great British Card Company said “A useful and convenient touch point for engaging with Choice members at the start of the season. Well organised and supported.“

Garden Centres who would like to know more about the benefits of membership of Choice Marketing should contact Michelle de Lavis-Trafford at

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