In This Issue
Focus on form, function, and the future, at Bramblecrest
High-end luxury garden furniture from Signature Weave
The Complete Outdoor Kitchen from Firepits UK
Char-Broil's Best Stand Award at SOLEX
Firmans Direct launches two new ranges
Successful show for Innovators International
New for 2024, the Extreme Lounging B-Chair! 
Visitors give SOLEX 2023 the thumbs-up
Great response from exhibitors and visitors
Date for the diary: SOLEX 2024
Cheeky Charlie Ovens are the BBQ Heroes at the SOLEX evening event
Outback International Ltd expands distribution into Europe
Helping consumers spruce up existing furniture sets
Visitors drawn to Hartman showstopper – the Crucible
W Garden Living: Luxury redefined by Woodlodge
Step into a world of innovative new collections and immersive new designs
Charles Taylor Trading celebrated 10th anniversary
Harbo Your Way: new concept in the design and sourcing
Supremo® premiered new aluminium designs and launched new sustainable brand
BeefEater Europe – Take outdoor cooking to the next level
Cabinex Pro – Bringing versatility to Outdoor Kitchens
HEX Living showcased new Sandon range
LeisureGrow launched industry game-changers as it approaches its 25th anniversary
Tramontina makes striking statement at SOLEX
Alva and Navarra join the Lifestyle line-up
Mix & match with LifestyleGarden to maximise profitability
Upgrade your outdoor living space with Pagoda
Elegance reigns at Minster Stylish Living 
SOLEX 2023 was brought to you by LOFA
LOFA partners with important charities and organisations
LANDSCAPE partners with LOFA & SOLEX for a second year
Year-round cooking with Cheeky Charlie 
New partnerships and products from KETTLER
Danson has something for everyone
Take a dip with RotoSpa
Daro promotes its Laura Ashely ranges
Quality and style from Pacific
Style and comfort from Glencrest’s Ashbury Collection
CharBroil, Bramblecrest, Lifestyle Appliances, LifestyleGarden, Tramontina and Kamado Joe are winners of the SOLEX 2023 Awards
SOLEX New Product Award entries
LOFA make £10,000 donation to Greenfingers
Picture round-up from build-up day
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Great response from exhibitors and visitors


LOFA's marketing manager Gina Hinde, who organised this year’s SOLEX exhibition, revealed she was extremely pleased with the response from exhibitors and visitors to the show. Find out what she had to say about this year’s event…


SOLEX 2023 was a fantastic show. The hall was buzzing, and it was great to see such engagement in the new ranges and products on display. 


As always, the exhibitors pulled out all the stops. The stands looked fresh and vibrant, and the furniture was plentiful, with many new designs and some exciting additions to their ranges. But it wasn't just the furniture that impressed everyone – the BBQ exhibitors were also on top form, and we couldn't get enough of the fantastic food they were cooking in the Loving Outdoor Living area. Two highlights of the show for me were the awards ceremony on Monday night and the Fire, Food & Outdoor Living Evening on Tuesday.


Visitor numbers exceeded expectations. The hall was packed with garden centre buyers and visitors eager to see the latest products from industry giants. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, and everyone was buzzing with excitement over what was on display. Everyone was blown away by all the incredible outdoor leisure products from furniture to innovative barbecues.


I have to give a special shout out to the BBQ exhibitors who provided some fantastic food in the Loving Outdoor Living area. Dodging a few raindrops they produced everything from delicious pizzas to melt in the mouth steaks, they created a fantastic festival-style vibe and great visitor engagement. 


But SOLEX is not just about showcasing new products it’s also about awarding the industry's best. The awards on Monday evening were well-attended and resulted in prizes for the best products, and innovative designs. Exhibitors went home happy, knowing their hard work and dedication to creating good quality products was recognised and appreciated by their peers and customers.


The Fire, Food & Outdoor Living Event on Tuesday evening, hosted by the BBQ Magazine, was an incredible networking event that brought everyone together. We enjoyed great food, good music, and each other's company, not to mention the BBQ competition hosted by Andy Clarke and Ian Jones. The judges, Matt Tebbutt and Jules Hudson, had a tough job on their hands, choosing between Kamado Joe, Charbroil, and GrillStream but the winner was Cheeky Charlie Ovens who stole the show with their amazing steak sandwich.


Overall, SOLEX 2023 was a huge success. We saw incredible products, met some amazing people, and had a lot of fun! We're already looking forward to seeing what's in store for SOLEX 2024 and can't wait to see what the exhibitors bring to the show next year. If you're an exhibitor, an outdoor leisure buyer, or just a visitor who loves outdoor living, be sure to put the SOLEX dates in your diary for next year - you won't regret it!



9-11 July 2024 

Hall 5, NEC Birmingham

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