A delegation of French diy manufacturers have a stand at the DIY Show for the first time.
Under the French Embassy banner, representatives of six companies took the opportunity to showcase their products to UK retailers.
These included garden sweets, bespoke garden gloves and precision glass.
On the eve of the show they went on a study tour where they visited Homebase and B&Q stores in the area.
They also listened to presentations from DIY & Garden Show and Totally Tools sales director, Paul Grinsell, and publisher of DIY Week and HGR, Colin Petty.
Mr Grinsell gave a rundown of the show and its extra features, including the seminars, New Products Zone, New Products Live and Show Super Deals.
Mr Petty provided an overview of the diy market in the UK and the trends which affect the sector.