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Published on October 29th, 2013 | by The GC Team

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Alltrade 2013 Tradeshow highlights healthy CI business

Alltrade has reported that a record number of exhibitors and close to 200 trade visitors, including retailers, aerial companies and custom installers, attended its 2013 Tradeshow, which was held this month at Gatwick’s Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel.

This is the third successive year that the distributor has held the event at the Gatwick location. It attracted 35 exhibitors, 15% more than last year, with many showing multiple product brands.

The event is aimed at trade visitors looking to capitalise on added value installation services in TV aerials, satellite, multi-room audio and custom installation.

“The 2013 Tradeshow was another very successful event,” said Steve Simper, MD at Alltrade. “New high-profile exhibitors like Linsar joined regular exhibitors such as Humax, Triax and Sonos, and the feedback has been very positive indeed.”

Visitor numbers were slightly lower than in 2012, but written business at the event was up year on year. Simper said that industrial action at schools in the area prevented some potential customers from attending, but some regular customers said they couldn’t attend as they were simply too busy. “This is a very healthy sign that business is picking up across aerial and CI trade generally,” he added.

“The number of CI products on display was up markedly at this year’s Tradeshow. The reduction in price point of high quality custom installation components has seen a lot of aerial installers and retailers move into this area and we are ideally placed to service these customers. With the introduction of the Linsar TV range, which is only sold through independent channels, Alltrade can now offer a complete portfolio of products and solutions for those companies wishing to enter or expand their custom installation services.”

The Alltrade Tradeshow will be back in 2014. Dates and venue are yet to be confirmed. For further details: www.alltrade.co.uk or call 0844 225 2700.

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