DERBY HOUSE REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CREDITORS

Derby House creditors agreed to the retailer’s proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) at a meeting yesterday (26 January).

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


NEW "BOUTIQUE" OUTLET FOR CHESHIRE

Equiport is to open a retail shop in Allostock, near Knutsford, Cheshire on Saturday, 11 February.

The official opening of the “extensive showroom” will take place at 1.30pm with consumers offered the chance to win prizes courtesy of Horse First supplements plus 1o% off all bespoke rug and saddle cloth orders placed in store between 11 and 25 February.

Over the past 18 years, Equiport has developed an own brand range of upmarket competition jackets, show rugs, saddle cloths and stable apparel, all manufactured in-house. Other brands to be stocked include HV Polo, Gersemi, Roeckl, De Niro, Veredus and Samshield.

“Equiport has an established retail website and presence at major equestrian shows throughout the year. This has led to demand from our customers for a boutique shopping location, where they can browse through our extensive range,” said managing director Ashley Gaynon.


DERBY HOUSE PROPOSES 'VOLUNTARY ARRANGEMENT' TO CREDITORS

Troubled retailer Derby House has appointed three new directors – Martin Turley, Mark Reeves and Chris Storr - as part of its revival plan.

Nigel Cayzer, who was appointed a director in 2002, remains in place.

The Lancashire based company has also proposed entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement subject to approval at a creditors’ meeting scheduled for 26 January.

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


THIEVES HIT ZEBRA PRODUCTS FOR £150,000

Thieves got away with around £150,000 (at retail) worth of luxury leather riding boots and saddlery when they broke into Zebra Products’ Flint, north Wales premises overnight on 17/18 January.

Managing director Simon Middleton has appealed for information from anyone in the trade who is offered any of the distinctive goods. .

“The criminals must have a ‘route to market’ to enable them to be able to turn these goods into cash,” he said.

Zebra Products is insured.

The premises, from which Zebra distributes high-end European brands to the UK and Ireland, were broken into with great force by what police believe were highly professional thieves who knew what they wanted. Stolen items include leatherwork, saddles, long riding boots and whips.

“They took around 28 pairs of Veredus Guarneiri boots (pictured), all our Konig riding boot stock which at cost was around £40k and lots of Equipe and Amerigo bridlework plus around 15 saddles,” Simon told ETN.

“The saddles they took were mostly our ‘white elephant’ ones - cancelled orders or misfits. They also took Fleck whips, particularly driving whips.”

The offices were ransacked with a laptop and Blackberry stolen. The computers were not touched. .

“We had CSI here all day yesterday, finger-printing the premises and analysing footprints and tyre tracks. My staff were very upset about the incident but we are determined our customers will not be effected,” said Simon.

“I would be really grateful if all UK and Irish retailers could keep a close eye and ear out for any of these products being offered for sale in the marketplace. The Amerigo and Equipe saddles and Konig and Guarnieri riding boots are only sold through a limited amount of retailers so I am sure any sightings of stolen goods appearing on the market will become quite obvious.”

Contact Zebra Products on 01352 763350.


PEGASUS IN DISTRIBUTION DEAL

Pegasus Health’s re-launched own brand supplements are now available to the trade through Battles.

The simple, yet effective range of ‘no frills’ herbal supplements will also be exhibited for the first time at next month’s BETA International 2012.

With immediate effect, Battles is stocking MSM, LiveAid, PegaVite, Biotin PLUS, Glucosamine, Yea-Sacc 1026, NatureBute and PurforMSM from the new collection of Pegasus Health products.


BUFF FOR BABIES

Every season, the Spanish manufacturer of Buff multifunctional headwear creates new designs.

Spring/summer 2012 sees the introduction of its first High UV Protection headwear collection especially to fit babies and children up to three years old.

The range includes 11 designs in Headband Buff, 22 new prints and patterns in the existing simple tubular High UV Protection Buff as well as the first High UV Protection Buff headwear for babies.


BETA DRIVES EXPORT MISSIONS

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has secured £85,000 of funding from UK Trade & Investment for the 2012/13 financial year as part of the government department’s plan to direct resources towards “developing markets”.

The money, from UKTI’s Trade Access Programme (TAP), will be used to subsidise BETA’s programme of trade missions, including exhibiting at two new shows – Equist, at the Istanbul Expo Center, in Turkey (13 to 15 April), and the China Horse Fair, in Beijing (13 to 15 October).

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


NEW SHOW FOR LONDON

A new equestrian consumer show is coming to London in November.

With a shopping and demonstrations format, Horse World Live takes place at ExCel, the exhibition centre and Olympic venue, on 16-18 November.

Read the full story in the February issue of ETN.


NEW SPONSOR'S NEW BRAND TO BE UNVEILED AT BETA INTERNATIONAL

Vale Brothers, famed for its 225-year history of manufacturing grooming brushes, is the new sponsor of the Champagne & Seafood Bar at BETA International 2012. Managing director Peter Wilkes said that the sponsorship was part of an initiative to raise the profile of the company’s new KBF99 brand, which will be unveiled at the show.

“We expect this new range to grow the value of the equestrian market, rather than replacing older product sales with newer lines,” he said. “Patents have been applied for and designs will be registered for this range of simple products backed by complex technology. BETA International presents us with a prime opportunity to share this exciting development and we would like to encourage visitors to come along to our stand to find out more.”

Claire Thomas, commercial manager of Equestrian Management Consultants, organiser of BETA International, added: “We are very pleased that Vale Brothers – a company with whom we have enjoyed a long and successful relationship over the years – is to support the show in this way. Choosing to reveal its exciting, new brand at BETA International is a huge endorsement for the trade fair’s position as an international business platform.”

The Champagne & Seafood Bar brings a sense of occasion to the show and provides the perfect place for visitors to relax over drinks with friends and colleagues. BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing and pet products markets. Its 2012 show takes place from 19 to 21 February at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. Entry is free on pre-registration at www.beta-int.com