The Commercial Horticultural Association is the Trade Association for manufacturers and suppliers of plants, products and services to commercial horticultural growers throughout the world. Set up in 1978 to represent the interests of exhibitors at British trade shows, the Association now extends its interests to shows in selected markets overseas and to answering queries and promoting its members products and services and British horticulture as a whole throughout the world. The Association`s prime functions are fact-finding, liaison and co-ordination.
'to help improve the business environment by identifying the needs of companies within the horticultural supplies sector and to help them to promote their products in the UK and overseas'
The CHA publishes an annual Buyers Guide and Members' Handbook which is circulated at horticultural shows and exhibitions in the UK and overseas as well as through overseas embassies, international journals and to individual enquirers.
Membership is open to all companies with a UK base that are involved in the supply of equipment, products and services and plant material to the commercial horticultural industry both in the UK and overseas.
Benefits of membership include discounted rates for shows and exhibitions, free entry in the printed and online Buyers' Guide directories, dedicated online contact page with links from CHA website, reports on new markets, updates on shows and exhibitions and reports on past shows. Members also have access to an Intellectual Property Protection Service, a Design Deposit Scheme, Legal Advice from Law Express and access to market intelligence and country profiles.
The CHA also negotiates discount fares and accommodation for members at major events in the UK and for members and UK exhibitors at selected trade shows abroad and provides a centralised booking service.
The CHA is managed by a Committee elected annually by the members at the Annual General Meeting.
The current Committee elected on 10th July 2014 are pictured right.