Being a member of BHETA means that you have access to not only a wide range of services and benefits, but that you are able to share the challenges of difficult trading times with other members.
Forums and seminars are booked throughout the year and will often include guest speakers that are invited to share their knowledge with members.
The benefits of BHETA networking opportunities as summarised by our members:
“I found the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event very useful as it gave me the perfect chance to get in front of the right buyer, something which can be quite difficult these days. Trade shows are fine for creating general interest, but when you need to speak face to face with no distractions a meeting is essential and this kind of event is a really good way to introduce yourself to a new retailer. The 20 minute time slot really focuses both parties on USPs and I would recommend ‘Meet the Buyer’ to any supplier.”
Andrew Kersey, Key Account Manager at Half Moon Bay
“‘Meet The Buyer’ is something we now sign up for regularly. It works on a number of levels for us especially as our De-Solv-it® specialist cleaning portfolio crosses over in to a number of different categories and being able to meet three buyers within two hours could be a logistical nightmare to organise without this kind of event.”
Max Burnham, Director Of Sales & Marketing at Mykal Industries
“If you genuinely want to understand the dynamics of the UK DIY industry and to discuss the daily challenges that it presents, with like minded people, then BHETA provides the one and only forum for doing this. Every major industry has a thriving Trade Association and the only surprise to me is the number of people who seem to believe that they can learn nothing by being involved – more fool them!”
Max Crosby-Browne, CEO. Home Decor Innovations
“The opportunity to network and exchange ideas and information within our industry is priceless. This, coupled with support and business advice, makes BHETA a valuable association for our business.”
Gordon South, CEO. Western House Limited, UK
“Like minded professionals across varied brands sharing their challenges and commercial perspectives makes you realise how much can be gained by ‘taking part’ in our very own trade’s association. I’m wiser for it and in an ever changing environment welcome the benefits that networking with each other can bring. (Aesop – “In union there is strength”)”
John Grayson, Managing Director. Fiskars
We have been members of BHETA for many years and enjoy the support the association provides in the form of guidance, advice and even training for our staff. The ‘meet the buyer’ events and other networking opportunities has paid dividends and we would have no reservation in recommending the association to businesses operating within the kitchen and tableware sectors.
Jonathan Brown, Rayware Group
“Working with BHETA members is an important tool of the industry, our events are used by an increasing amount of people to have informal conversations on many vital topics which do make a difference in our trade. More members should be active and use our own association to help network, our industry is like many others…It’s not just about product and brands but also people.”
Paul Boyce, CEO – European Operations. QEP Vitrex Ltd
“An industry the size, complexity and as challenging as DIY needs a forum like BHETA to ensure that people involved within the sector have a networking focal point allowing best practice to be discussed and a sharing of knowledge/experiences making all involved better operators within their own businesses. Knowledge is power after all!”
Nigel Fisher, Commercial Director. Yale Retail
“Communication is vital in business, for our industry the BHETA Forums are ideal “exchange” opportunities. The cross section of representation from the “Hardware Industry” enables us to network whilst attending informative presentations. This by exchanging views relative to trading conditions whether you sell pots and pans, brushes, spanners or decorative products. It’s our market and as always if you get only one good idea or better still give one we all gain…..and we make business friends.”
David Hubbard, Managing Director. Urfic UK
“BHETA has provided invaluable assistance to us by being a large voice for many small voices. As suppliers we all face the same kind of challenges within the industry and with BHETA membership there is now an opportunity to share experiences and to find that “you you are not alone.”
Jonathan Collier, Director. Monument Tools Ltd
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