FGHS

DUTCH ASSOCIATION OF SPORTING GOODS SUPPLIERS (FGHS)

FGHS is the Dutch industry association for sporting goods suppliers: sportswear,- shoes and -equipment in the broadest sense. FGHS currently has more than one hundred and forty members, who together represent 80% of the annual turnover of the industry. The FGHS is founded in 1950 and has offices in Leusden near Utrecht.

 

OUR OBJECTIVE

FGHS’ main objective is to be the center of knowledge,  information and inspiration for the sporting goods industry. As such we organise seminars, workshops, trainings, events and meetings with and for our members, together with i.e. retail- and consumer organizations, sport associations, research institutes, universities, Dutch government , Dutch Olympic Committee and many other actors in the field. We also help and advise our mainly SME members to develop, expand and to grow their business, in the Netherlands and abroad by supporting them to find new markets. With our own “Innovation Coach” we stimulate our members to be innovative.

We serve the interests and are the voice of our members by representing them in all kinds of forums, governmental departments and organizations and create a network. Nationally and internationally. The FGHS Academy offers skill trainings to our members, doing so we try to increase the knowledge and professionalism of our industry.

 

SUB-CLUSTERS

FGHS is divided into sub- clusters. They represent different sectors of the sports industry. This makes it easier for members and stakeholders operating in the same sector to address common concerns and challenges and to develop joint activities. The FGHS has e.g. the following sections: Winter Hardware, Running, Tennis, Golf, Fitness, Hockey, Outdoor and Equestrian.

These sub-clusters represent the specific sector. The sub-clusters identify trends and developments with regard to the specific sector (from public opinion, sectorial wishes to entrepreneurial qualities and innovations, from market information sharing , sustainability to retail trends) and act as a sounding board for the various organizations, events, studies and projects.

The sub-clusters bring together all stakeholders, from primary entrepreneur to supplier, from media to universities, from branch association and sports association to sports retailers, students, experts, companies and athletes together and accelerate the development, market approach, knowledge  and embrace new products and services.

Sub-clusters also work with each other and by each other (crossovers). By joining forces, thus they increase the competitiveness of our member companies. Furthermore they make sports more sustainable and contribute to a future-proof sports economy.

 

CONNECTING PEOPLE

FGHS and its sub-clusters are  the linking pin and provide the network  between members, private and public companies/ organizations, universities, sport associations, retail organizations, NGO’s, innovation centers, training institutes and local and national governments  abroad and in the Netherlands.

We also facilitate  in- and outgoing business missions and organize matchmaking events. All these connecting activities support and contribute to identify and explore new business development opportunities for our members, helping them with their internationalization strategy and finding new partners.

 

EVERYTHING WE DO AND THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE

In line with our current policy, we proactively provide the following range of support services:

 

Examples of recent events and highlights;

Sport innovatie congres 2020 (congress to stimulate sport, vitality & innovations for all members and stakeholders)

CIRCO track: Circular chain management of clothing and textiles    (workshop for all members)

Kansen voor NL sportindustrie in Vietnam (webinar to create conditions for Vietnamese and Dutch companies to enhance business links)

Kansen en bedreigingen van het selectieve distributiemodel (seminar for all members)

France meets Hollands; Meet & Match innovative and creative French companies (matchmaking event with Business France & Embassy)

Rechtstreekse verkoop aan de Chinese consument (seminar for all members )

Hippische Monitor 2019 (research & publication Trendpanel Paard)

Sportfocus 2019 (research & publication and congress Retail/Industry)

Winteropening Solden 2019 (test event for retail and end consumers Winter Hardware sub-cluster)

FGHS Inspiratie Tour 2018 (company visits and network event for members and stakeholders)

De running specialist in de toekomst (seminar and network event for retail, stakeholders and members Running sub-cluster)

Business mission to Rusia (business mission and matchmaking for members)

FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers
FGHS - Brancheorganisatie voor Sportleveranciers

Belangenbehartiging

De FGHS bundelt de krachten van de leden. De FGHS treedt als gemeenschappelijke belangenbehartiger op als vertegenwoordiger in overlegsituaties met onder andere vertegenwoordigers van de Nederlandse sport(detail)handel, diverse inkoopcombinaties, het NOC*NSF en de bij haar aangesloten sportbonden, ministeries, overheidsinstanties en andere nationale en internationale organisaties. Voor de internationale belangenbehartiging is de FGHS lid van de WFSGI (wereldfederatie) en de FESI (Europese federatie).

Dienstverlening

De FGHS vervult een actieve, service gerichte en ondersteunende functie. De FGHS stelt bijvoorbeeld in vijf talen Algemene Verkoop- en Leveringsvoorwaarden ter beschikking en adviseert over de wijze waarop deze gebruikt kunnen worden.

Incasso

De leden hebben de mogelijkheid achterstallige vorderingen op debiteuren door de FGHS te laten incasseren. Dit gebeurt in principe op basis van ‘no cure, no pay’, waardoor de kosten voor de leden zeer beperkt kunnen blijven.

Advies

Leden kunnen bij de FGHS terecht voor sociaal, (bedrijfs)economisch en juridisch advies en andere informatie. Regelmatig worden conceptcontracten en andere juridische vragen voor advies en/of bemiddeling voorgelegd.

Salariswijzer

Eén keer in de twee jaar verstrekt de FGHS een benchmark wat er in de sportbranche voor verschillende functies en niveaus betaald wordt.

Nieuwsbrief

De FGHS heeft 1 keer per maand een digitale nieuwsbrief. In deze nieuwsbrief staat actuele informatie over onze organisatie en nationale en internationale ontwikkelingen in onze branche. En informatie op onder andere sociaal, (bedrijfs)economisch en juridisch gebied.

Secties

Bekijk hier de secties die wij vertegenwoordigen voor onze leden.

Naar Secties

Financieel voordeel

De FGHS heeft diverse diensten in haar pakket waardoor de leden een return of investment zien.

Ledenvoordeel

 

samenwerkingsverbanden

Voor de internationale belangenbehartiging is de FGHS lid van de WFSGI (wereldfederatie) en de FESI (Europese federatie). Daarnaast is de FGHS lid van het Platform Ketendigitalisering, Europese Golfindustrie (EGIA), Fair Wear Foundation, en heeft zitting in de adviescommissie TMO, hogeschool voor Modemanagement en Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg. De FGHS behartigt zodoende de belangen van haar leden binnen allerlei verschillende organisaties en instanties en hier de stem van de industrie horen.

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