Nisa looks forward to bumper annual trade show as suppliers give it their full backing

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Feb 2018

Nisa’s annual trade show has sold out.

All 240 stands for the exhibition have been snapped up by suppliers to the Scunthorpe-headquartered specialist delivered wholesaler in record time.

Booking for the event, which sees Nisa Retail members and suppliers gather over two days on April 10 and 11, went live via a special website - www.nisaexpo.co.uk – just ahead of Christmas and almost 25 per cent of the stands sold out in the first week.

Today, nine weeks before the doors open at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, all supplier stands are now sold with this year promising to be a fantastic occasion.

Nisa’s trading director Ian Martin said: “Our annual exhibition is always a brilliant event which offers our members the opportunity to meet with other retailers and suppliers as well as take advantage of some unbeatable exhibition only deals and offers.

“To have sold all our stands this far ahead of the event demonstrates how eager suppliers are to attend, meet our retailers and to be involved in what has become the best event of its kind in our sector.” 

Brands such as Coca-Cola, KP and Kellogg’s are backing it, recognising the increasingly important role convenience now plays in the retail landscape. 

Following on from last year’s 40th birthday celebration, the theme for this year’s exhibition will be the 10th anniversary of charity Making a Difference Locally.

Tickets for the grand gala dinner, held on the first night, remain on sale via the website and are available to all Nisa members as well as anyone who has booked a stand.

It is the first annual get-together since Nisa Retail members voted three to one to accept The Co-op Group’s offer to buy-out the business in a £137.5 million deal back in November, having been unanimously recommended by the board. 

It is awaiting clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority, anticipated ahead of the event, by the end of March. 

Randomly, in 2017, the Nisa-exhibited future store lay-out was snapped up by one new member, and arranged to be taken back to Gloucestershire.

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