017 has had a very busy start in terms of the number of exhibitions we have attended. It started in January with the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain event in Citywest, then CQMS and Hannover Messe in April and two weeks later a trip up North to the Balmoral Show. This was our second year exhibiting at Balmoral - last year was such a sunny success that we signed up straight away.
A slightly tired but enthusiastic 'Abbey Seals on Tour' team headed north for a now four day Balmoral Show. The event organisers were finally able to increase it to a four-day event incorporating a Saturday with the expectation it would increase footfall and enhance the family aspect of the show. Their expectations proved to be the reality.
With the sun splitting the stones in 2016, we couldn't keep up with demand for our fantastically orange sunglasses and a testament to how popular they were; we had people coming back to us this year looking for more. Unfortunately there were some rain showers this year but we were prepared for that and had glorious orange ponchos to give out. 'Abbey Seals - we've got you covered' could be our new slogan!
From a business perspective it was a positive event; there was lots of interest in our products, new contacts made & plenty of sales of our o-ring kits and tools also. The prospect of Brexit and speculation about how that will play out in cross-border sales was a popular conversation piece. However until the finalities of Brexit are upon us, Abbey Seals are keenly trading in Northern Ireland including having 2 Sales Engineers; Robert & Tony, servicing all areas of the North.