The France Show

Our last day of the show proved to be as busy as Saturday, with lots of interest again. We discovered new business contacts with other traders who operate in the same area of Provence. We were lucky to be in good company around our stand with Arnaud's Language Kitchen, Siffler Publications and Parfum de France. Everyone had a great sense of humour and we hope to all keep in touch.

We were approached by a Chateauneuf du Pape fan who wanted to buy one of our posters.....well 'wine not!' It was the least we could do.

After a mad disassembling of our stand at the close of play, we made an early dash for the train. We had to lift all our gear up and down the platform walk over bridge and onto a crowded train to Clapham Junction where we just missed a fast one to Bournemouth! We boarded the next one half an hour later , and spent most of the journey wondering which end was going to Bournemouth and which end was splitting to Portsmouth as there was no carriage numbers, just information saying the first five were to Bournemouth! This wasn't our booked train and we were to told at Basingstoke by the conductor that we had a useless ticket and that we should be fined £90! Luckily he let it go this time.....maybe we'll take the car next year.

We would like to say thanks to everyone who paid a visit to our stand and we hope that we will see you in 2015

The France Show

Saturday 24th

Our legs are hurting now as we finish another busy day at the show. Plenty of interest again with some lovely comments from the visitors; especially from a young couple, recently married in France, who wish to broaden their horizons in the Rhone Valley. We hope that we will see a good response for later in the coming year. Our fellow exhibitors were all in good spirits today and shared a glass of Domaine de la Damase red with us at the end of business. We also had a visit from Charlottes' friends who gave us encouragement and a slice of some delicious brownies!!! Well we did give them a drink!

All in all another interesting day and tomorrow should prove to be busy too. We are networking with other trades here and our business is getting more exposure and it's nice to think that people are interested in what we have to offer. 2015 in looking good and maybe that bottle of Gigondas will be opened tomorrow!........

The France Show

The France Show, Olympia 2015

We have finally arrived at the Olympia, London after a long but smooth journey by train with all our promotional material and information for the show. (Including a bistro table and two chairs courtesy of Clare!) Our hotel...well to say "to swing a cat!" is an under statement! Although modern, clean and having a terrific shower, comfortable bed....our stand at the show has more leg room!

After finding our way to the right entrance and avoiding the 'Toy Fair'! We were able to set up in our small but functional stand. At first we pasted up all our posters.....only to find we had lost our stand! So we removed some and decided on a more minimalist approach. Our table sat neatly at the back with our brochure stand up front with a nice display of lavender, the doors opened at 10am and with leaflets in one hand and a glass of red in the other we were ready!!!
We received lots of interest throughout the day with several customers looking to making future bookings. After many attempts to log on to the Internet we are now ready to show our website and possibly take payments this weekend. We brought along a bottle of Pierre Amadieu Gigondas 2006 as a prop for our table and it will be opened on celebration of a successful show on Sunday, so if you fancy a glass, then you need to get here quick!
We are situated in good company with like minded people. Apparently, Saturday will be busier.......

Thank you to all of our friends and colleagues who helped us to prepare for this exhibition.