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October 2008

Meet the Buyer Event

Notcutts Garden Centre, Solihull

Thursday 13 November 2008

PetQuip is organising a meet-the-buyer event to bring trade purchasers from Belgium and Ireland into direct contact with British suppliers of pet care products. This is a great opportunity for you to hold one-to-one meetings with overseas buyers looking for new products from the UK. It’s also a hugely cost-effective way of getting your goods and services in front of an international audience.

We have two trade buyers for you to meet on this occasion: a distributor from Belgium and a multiple retailer of pet care products from Ireland.

To request a meeting with either or both of them, please complete and return the attached application form by Wednesday 5 November. We will contact you soon after with confirmation of the meeting slots that have been allocated to you.

Format of the day

Register in the Cedar Cottage, Notcutts Garden Centre on arrival, where you will be welcomed with tea and coffee.

The meet-the-buyer sessions will last for approximately 20 minutes, commencing at 9.30am and continuing throughout the day until about 4.00pm. As far as possible, we’ll try to allocate meetings close together so that participants will not need to be at the venue all day.

Participating trade buyers

These are the trade buyers from Belgium and Ireland who have confirmed their participation in the event:

Indobel, Montzen, Belgium

Mrs Myrèse Wonner-Wirajendi, Managing Director


Indobel is a Belgian importer and distributor of unique products for garden, pets and lifestyle. Established in 1994, it is a family business, run by husband and wife team Myrèse and Jim Wirajendi. Indobel currently represents European and American manufacturers and is already importing from one PetQuip member in the UK.

Indobel’s pet care range focuses on high quality innovative products for dogs, cats, small mammals and wild birds, including training aids, snacks and all types of accessories. Indobel supplies independent pet shops and pet retail chains in Belgium and The Netherlands. In addition, it is able to supply other European countries through its links with local wholesalers. This year, the company has exhibited at Anido in Kortrijk, Belgium and Interzoo in Nuremberg.

Myrèse Wonner-Wirajendi is currently looking for all types of pet care product to add to the Indobel range.

Connacht Gold Co-operative Society Ltd, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Mr Michael Tuohy, Manager, Sligo Store


Located in western Ireland, Connacht Gold is a co-operative society with interests ranging from dairy and timber processing to property management and retailing. Established in 2000 by the merger of North Connacht Farmers' Co-operative Society and Kiltoghert Co-operative Agricultural & Dairy Society Ltd, today it has 14,100 farmer shareholders and directly employs 500 people. Sales turnover in 2007 was €320 million.

Connacht Gold’s 29 retail stores have diversified and now sell not only agricultural goods but increasingly also garden and DIY items to appeal to a wider customer base. It has five ultra-modern new concept Connacht Gold, DIY & Garden Centres located in Tubbercurry, Ballina, Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis and Ballaghaderreen and a modern DIY & Garden Store in Mohill. Further Connacht Gold, DIY & Garden Centres are planned for Sligo, Swinford, Castlebar and Westport. The 24,000sq ft Sligo store, due to open in spring 2009, will include a 6,000sq ft state-of-the-art pet department.

Michael Tuohy is seeking all types of pet care product.

The venue



The event is being held in the Cedar Cottage at Notcutts Garden Centre, Shirley, Solihull.

Situated on Stratford Road, less than a mile to the west of Junction 4 of the M42, Notcutts is easy to find by car. There is ample free parking.

The Cedar Cottage is within the curtilage of the garden centre. It can be found in the outdoor sales area directly opposite the door leading from the pet department.

Notcutts Garden Centre
Stratford Rd
B90 4EN

+44 (0)121 744 4501


How to apply

The cost per meeting is £59 + VAT for members of PetQuip and £159 + VAT for non-members. Please list in order of preference the buyers you would like to meet.

Please note that while requests for individual meet- the-buyer places will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, the meetings will also be allocated according to the product preferences of the buyers involved. PetQuip makes every effort to ensure that at least one meeting is allocated per request, but, because of the complexities of this process, no guarantees can be made.

Please return the application form as quickly as possible, either by email or fax to 01959 565885

To download a copy of the application form -

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If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to telephone Kate Smith or Neale Hutchinson at PetQuip on 01959 565995.

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