Basic CMYKNEW DATES – Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 July. Research by the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association, (LOFA) revealed a preference among visitors for a genuine mid-week show. LOFA responded immediately and set a new trend that provides buyers and business managers with more convenient times to attend.

“We realise that for many businesses Monday is an important post-weekend day and so, with the help of the NEC, we have responded to the needs of visitors by moving the show one day to accommodate their wishes,” said LOFA Chairman Paul Bevington.


NEW LOGO – reflecting a bright future for the exhibition and the industry SOLEX brings a modern new look to the show and the brand.


NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE– A spectacular New Product Showcase will welcome visitors to the show. Purpose built and designed to provide visitors with a snapshot of what’s new and exciting at the biggest SOLEX show, ever. It is the perfect starting point in that search for the next star product.


NEW SEMINAR PROGRAMME – ‘Excellence in Customer Service’ is the backbone of every business. And it certainly takes centre stage at SOLEX. These free-to-all seminars will run every day and will be presented by Andrew McMillan, former customer service manager at John Lewis. Look out for more announcements as the schedule is finalised.



With more than 60 top suppliers signed-up, the countdown continues to this year’s premier outdoor trade show. SOLEX will take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 July 2015.

“SOLEX 2015 will be bigger and better than ever, with more exhibitors, larger stands, and some exciting new features that will guarantee visitors maximum value” said Paul Facey, Director of SOLEX.

Now in its eighth year, SOLEX is an annual 3-day trade event attracting national and international retail/contract purchasing directors and managers.  It brings together all the leading manufacturers of garden products – furniture, barbecues, gazebos, parasols, outdoor lighting– and provides a showcase for new developments in design and manufacturing.

The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) was formed in 1967. The association is engaged in a variety of activities in support of its members who currently represent more than half of the garden furniture and barbecues sold in the UK.


Enquiries about SOLEX 2015 should be directed to the show organiser, Phil Gibbs, at the LOFA Offices, on 01243839593 or