STAG announces ispo partnership

STAG, the UK’s largest sports industry buying group, has announced the formation of a partnership with global trade show brand ispo.

The deal means ispo will be exhibiting at STAG’s trade show in November as a further commitment to the new partnership, which will give STAG members a greater opportunity to enjoy access to ispo and the international sporting goods industry.

Says STAG’s joint managing director Ricky Chandler: “For some of our members this new partnership will provide their first opportunity to see what has become the world’s premium sports industry exhibition, seeing product developments and market trends first hand and enjoying the chance to network with key and emerging brands that will, ultimately, have impact on their own high street retail businesses.”

STAG membership now stands at over 400 businesses, with a combined high street presence of 570 retail outlets. January saw the addition of Trophyman Sports, Southampton; Pykes Sports, Scarborough; Angling and Outdoor, Cleator Moor; Planet Sports and Trophies, Newcastle Upon Tyne; Total Sports, Sunderland; A3 Sports, Liphook; Any Sports, Bristol; Spartacus Sports, Norwich; and Angling & Hiking Centre, Barrow in Furness.

Says joint managing director Ward Robertson: “Since acquiring STAG in July 2003, the buying group has recorded an astounding 83 per cent growth and is now one of the most dynamic retail business channels for the sporting goods industry.

“We ended 2006 with a positive focus for our members and will continue that progressive stance in the year ahead.”

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