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23rd February 2018
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Record success at Sirius Buying Group's VIP Kitchen & Electrical Retail Trade Show 2016
The Sirius Buying Group, a major buying group in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry, tells us that its recent VIP Members Trade Show was the largest and most successful to date, winning a succession of kitchen retail visitors as new members to the Group.
This popular industry event took place over two days at the end of September at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Warwickshire. Proceedings were set in motion with Sirius's annual AGM which was attended by its premium bank of electrical and kitchen retail members, resulting in its biggest attendance yet at 89% capacity.
The trade show can also measure overwhelming support, boasting a 91% attendance of Sirius members and suppliers exhibiting their latest electrical and kitchen products, services and exclusive show offers and promotions. Another yardstick for the show's success is demonstrated by initial reports from suppliers who have stated that this has been their most successful trade show yet in terms of business written, new leads generated and overall footfall.
Chairman of Sirius Buying Group, Gordon Jones says: "Providing a simple, effective route to market so that independents can compete, is the foundation of our success and I believe this to be the underlying reason why our VIP Members Trade Show has continued to grow: with our biggest just gone.
"Achieving full capacity in terms of exhibition displays and visitor numbers, our annual trade show is now in a position to properly authenticate why being part of a respected group is the most viable option to retain individual market independence."
By way of further acknowledgement to its members and suppliers, Sirius finished event with its highly anticipated Industry Gala Awards: the awards are a prestigious accolade that recognises industry excellence in the electrical appliance kitchen retail sector.
2016 Sirius Award Winners:
* Manufacturer of the Year: Hoover Candy Group
* Distributor of the Year: D.A.D.
* SDA supplier of the Year: Smeg
* Medium Retailer of the Year: Hornsey Appliance Centre
* Large Retailer of the Year: Basil Knipe Electrics
* Representative of the Year: Liam Barker, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances
* Lifetime Industry and Sirius Achievement Award: Stuart Hopwood, Lingua Franca
Long time Sirius member Mark Reynolds, Budget Appliances, Beckenham, Kent, said: "It's good to get out of the business and get new ideas to take back to the business and the Sirius event does just that! It's informative, great deals on the day and always helps to build personal relationships with both suppliers and other members."
Another measure of the event's success is the fact that the group secured a host of new members and suppliers that signed up at this year's show, bringing in brands such as Fisher & Paykel, Liebherr, PJH, Swift, Ilve and AB Distributors to name a few.
Furthermore, throughout the Annual Gala Awards, The Sirius Buying Group and its members, took the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause and successfully raised over �10,000 for notable brain cancer research charity, Help Harry Help Others.
Sirius's continued bid to commit tp leading kitchen retailers in addition to its electrical retail members is more evident than ever, with the Group now in a position to boast clear market growth across both sectors.
14th October 2016