Gardenex is the UK’s Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers Ltd.  Our role is to help UK suppliers to export round the world, and to help international trade buyers to source British gardening and leisure products.  Founded in 1961 as a not-for-profit trade association, the Federation’s experienced team works closely with the UK government’s Department for Business & Trade to encourage and expand our country’s exports.

Our member companies are all UK-based and they range from small innovative businesses to leading brand names.  They supply all types of practical and decorative gardening supplies, from bio-chemical, plant care, tools and watering equipment to landscaping materials, garden buildings and outdoor leisure items.  They join Gardenex because they wish to start exporting, increase their export sales or develop sales in new and emerging international markets and distribution channels.

Our popular services to international trade buyers are free and include advice and leads on sourcing garden and leisure products from the UK, information on British firms that are exhibiting at overseas trade shows, personal invitations to Meet the Buyer/Supplier business matchmaking events in the UK and access to our annual multi-lingual Directory of British Garden & Leisure Products.

Gardenex also makes representations to Government on legislation and other matters that affect the business interests of our members; we lobby government to provide our industry sector with export funding and support.

Our association has gone through a rigorous independent assessment of its services and delivery standards and, as a result, the Department for Business & Trade has accredited us to the highest level of expertise as one of its Trade Challenge Partners.

In 2006, Gardenex established a sister association, PetQuip, to provide valuable UK business services and to promote international trade in the pet product sector.  Click here for more information.

The Federation is a founder member of Export Partners UK, a national not-for-profit organisation representing trade associations across the UK that provide export information and services to their member companies in over 50 industry sectors.  This provides the opportunity to join forces on joint initiatives and matters of common interest in exporting.