In This Issue
SOLEX 2019 hailed as great success
Organiser happy with response to her first SOLEX
Was Solex 2019 the tipping point from weave to modern contemporary garden furniture?
LifestyleGarden wins Best New Product Award at SOLEX
Best Small Stand Award goes to Barlow Tyrie
Kettler win Best Large Stand Award at SOLEX
Altons and Baytree win Greatest BBQ Sales Team Award
Blue Diamond, Scotsdales, Whitehall Lacock and Baytree set the gold standards in GTN’s Greatest Outdoor Leisure Sales Team Awards
LOFA make £15,000 donation to Greenfingers Charity
Norfolk Leisure unveiled new blue version of popular Florenity range
Zest 4 Leisure celebrates SOLEX success
Tom Chambers' major success on return to SOLEX
New Kadai Log Store creates huge interest
Kettler launch two new brands at SOLEX
Great response to the Garden Grill Company range of BBQ accessories
Riley Outdoor Pool Diner is a big hit at SOLEX
LeisureGrow fires up BBQ market with new Hybrid Gas and Charcoal Grillstream System
RotoSpa showcased new marketing displays
Pacific Lifestyle cover all areas at Solex
Hartman encourage younger people to invest in garden furniture
Charles Taylor unveil new style of wooden seating
Daro wow SOLEX with new products and industry-changing ideas
Outback launch charcoal cooking on gas
New additions to top-selling Barlow Tyrie range
Outdoor kitchens draw visitors to the BeefEater stand
Katie Blake Garden Furniture continues exciting growth
Mercer Leisure launch biggest range of garden furniture
The best of last week's garden retailing news
Char-Broil showcased its BBQ range for all sizes of outdoor spaces
All options covered by Garden Impressions
Lots of interest shown in BBQ Rubs and Sauces
GLATZ – the leading worldwide parasol experts
Urban Barbecues are on the UP with Cadac
Unique glass fronted heater from Lifestyle Appliances
Extreme Lounging intoduce their new B-bulb
New products for next season by Pagoda on show
Marble Stone and Ceramic table tops from Europa Leisure create a point of difference
A taste of Brazilian hospitality from Tramontina
See all the pictures from Build-up Day
If you enjoyed Solex Sun, get your own copy of GTN Xtra every week
Latest SOLEX news
SOLEX launches super new website

SOLEX has launched its very own website to help visitors to register and attend the event...

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Do your cushions comply?

Over the last three years LOFA have been working with FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) and HTS (Hertfordshire Trading Standards) on an initiative to ensure that all cushions sold by LOFA members comply with Trading Standards and the Governments Fire Safety Regulations...

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Katie Blake Garden Furniture continues exciting growth


Katie Blake Garden Furniture is becoming one of the bestselling brands throughout the United Kingdom.

With its great reputation achieved by innovation in design and excellent service, retailers stocking Katie Blake are reporting growth, profit and, most important, happy customers!

Katie Blake operates on a strict pricing strategy across its stockists in garden retail, high street and online - discounting is not allowed! It has always been Glencrest’s policy to protect their customers, something that other brands don’t appear to value. We are able to offer superior product at such competitive prices purely on the basis that we own our manufacturing operation.

In 2019, CEO and founder Jack Whiteley reported a turnover increment of nearly 40% on the previous year. With customer retention being so high and sales continuing to increase, we are confident that the product is right.


For next season we are introducing two new ranges – a stylish Aluminium Range and a Luxurious Rattan Range branded ‘Katie Blake Elite’. Contrary to many opinions about the popularity of Rattan, sales of Katie Blake would suggest that it is still a firm favourite of the British public.

The new Elite range provides a high level of comfort with stylish design features and can come with Sunbrella cushions that can be left outdoors permanently. For outdoor use Sunbrella Fabric is far superior to other fabrics, which makes this range unique and long lasting.

Katie Blake now adopts Solution Dyeing and is achieving level 7/8 Light to Fast tests! This fabric is guaranteed not to fade for 2 years. Every set of furniture comes complete with a waterproof cover included as standard. The Katie Blake Elite Range also boasts the same 10-year guarantee, covering the frames and the Rattan weave.

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