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BHETA to run Meet the Buyer event with JLP – Save the Date

BHETA is to hold a Meet The Buyer event with the John Lewis Partnership on Thursday 2nd May.  JLP’s objective is to meet new suppliers, see innovative brands, and be shown sustainable materials and eco stories.  Buyers want to meet Cookshop and Utility suppliers in the following categories:

Utility – Focus on branded products, own brand suppliers are not currently relevant

  • Home storage
  • Bath accessories
  • Towels

 Cookshop –Mainly brand but happy to consider Own Brand specialism.

  • Cook & bakeware
  • Picnic
  • Food prep & gadgets
  • Barware including wine racks
  • Kitchen textiles
  • Food on the go including back to school
  • Food storage including freezer and fridge storage.

All ranges need to be scalable. Brands with less than five skus are considered too small but can be considered if from an existing supplier.

Buyers representing the product categories listed above will be in attendance. Each supplier can bring two people and will be allocated a 20-minute appointment with their relevant buyer.  Suppliers can book additional appointments if they have products relevant for other categories.

John Lewis will give preference to suppliers who come prepared with a range of products rather than just single items and any new supplier would need to generate enough turnover to warrant delisting a current supplier given the retailers one in one out policy.  All new suppliers will also be required to sign up to a contractual agreement consisting of a turnover rebate, payment terms, marketing rebate as a percentage of turnover.

John Lewis & Partners began trading over 150 years ago in 1864 on London’s Oxford Street and is a leading omni-channel retailer in the UK with 34 John Lewis shops and a growing online business – johnlewis.com.

Venue and further details are yet to be confirmed, but suppliers are urged to save the date.

BHETA’s Housewares Sector Manager, Seema Grantham commented, “The chance to pitch directly to John Lewis is obviously a great opportunity and we are expecting an excellent turn-out, so do book early.  More details will be available very shortly.”

To book or for more information contact the BHETA Member Services team on 0121 237 1130 or follow the link on www.bheta.co.uk.  More details of BHETA events which include webinars, Meet The Buyer events and networking forums with leading retailers can also be found on the BHETA website.


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