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Show floor to shop window

Autumn Fair, the UK retail's inspirational shopping destination for Home, Gift and Fashion, has announced the launch of its new campaign theme promising a celebration of newness and original products that will bring retail stores to life, putting the spotlight on the allure of the 'shop window' and the best of British suppliers. The show will take place 1st – 4th September at NEC Birmingham.

Posted: 29 February 2024

Spring Fair the launch pad for new products

Buyers highlighted their delight at their new discoveries and the feedback throughout the day was buoyant and energised. Hillary Fuller, from Attico in Bournemouth said, "We've had such a great show, and seen loads of new and innovative products. We're actually running behind schedule as we discovered two new companies that we've not bought from before and they are perfect for us, and now we're off to meet more of our regular suppliers." Stephanie Taylor Howl from Just-Tickety Boo Events, Burton-on-Trent added, "The show is amazing, it's not just an average show, it's much bigger and better! The stands really draw you in, it has been a really immersive experience. We have found it easy to navigate around the show, signage has been excellent. It's been good to meet the brands in person and make relationships directly with the sellers. I found some lovely high-end ribbon, some amazing frosted trees and some enormous wreaths which will be great for my Christmas events. We have seen some lovely new products, the quality is excellent and the prices have been competitive. We stumbled across some new suppliers, they are local to us and we never would have found them without visiting Spring Fair, which is great!"

Posted: 8 February 2024

January Furniture Show ends with a 6 percent rise in visitors and a record-breaking rebook!

The 2024 edition of the January Furniture Show (JFS) closed on a high with a 6 percent rise in visitors and a record breaking rebook for 2025.

A vibrant feel to the show was reflected in the buzz of the halls as buyers visited the NEC Birmingham with over 25 percent of these buyers visiting for more than one day.

Positivity for the show was evident, signalling the importance of JFS in reuniting the industry and embodying the show's ethos of 'building the future of furniture, together.'

With multiple opportunities at the show for networking and an emphasis on connecting with the industry, JFS brought brands, buyers, designers, architects, manufacturers, and distributors together in their passion for quality, innovative furniture.

Posted: 29 January 2024

Spring Fair announces Dame Zandra Rhodes as a speaker

Spring Fair has announced that British fashion and textile designer and pioneer Dame Zandra Rhodes will take to the Inspiring Retail Stage for a fireside chat with retail analyst Natalie Berg, exploring her remarkable journey in design, leadership, and innovation.

The Fabric of Success: Dame Zandra Rhodes on Reinventing Fashion and Retail Leadership will take place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 7th February in Hall 2 within Moda, Spring Fair's trusted fashion destination.

Delving into her origin story, the evolution of British fashion, and her role in home furnishings, discover how her style and daring collaborations shaped her brand, drove innovation and legacy.

This session is a must-watch for those interested in the intersection of retail creativity, industry advocacy and the cultivation of female leadership in retail.

Posted: 15 January 2024

Only one week till Top Drawer S/S opens!

Top Drawer, the UK's premier design-led retail trade show, is back in one week with its Spring/Summer 2024 edition, featuring a collection of over 600 hand-picked brands across 9 curated sectors. Taking place at Olympia London from 14th - 16th January, buyers will have the opportunity to discover the latest products, brands and trends, as well as network with the rest of the retail industry. This season's show is a must-visit, as it's jam packed with everything a retailer needs to start 2024 with a bang! Here are just some of the highlights to see and enjoy at Top Drawer: Bigger and Better Than Ever Following double-digit visitor growth in 2023, this January's Top Drawer has seen a 10% increase in exhibitor numbers, bringing retailers an unparalleled choice of hand-picked suppliers to explore.

Posted: 9 January 2024

Industry veteran Alison Graham joins Clarion Retail

Clarion Retail has announced the appointment of Alison Graham, who will spearhead the commercial team on flagship tradeshow Home & Gift.

Graham joins Clarion having spent more than two decades working at Spring and Autumn Fair and more recently on logistics event, Deliver, and brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the role.

Clarion Retail Show Manager David Westbrooke said: "I'm thrilled to welcome Alison to the team – having worked with her previously, I know without doubt that she is the perfect person to help drive our portfolio forward; her impressive event experience combined with strong relationships across the retail industry reinforces our campaign to deliver the best possible customer experience."

Posted: 21 December 2023

Save the date for IHGF Delhi Fair 2024

Save the date for the IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2024, taking place from 6th-10th February 2024 at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Delhi NCR, India.

The show will feature more than 3500 exhibitors in 16 Halls and 900 Mart Showrooms.

The sourcing show covers: Home, Lifestyle, Fashion, Furnishing and Furniture from India's leading manufacturer exporters.

It is a must-attend event to connect with a diverse manufacturing base and like-minded suppliers.

This five day trade event, with several curated lines and design affirmations from a cross section of exhibitors ranging from medium and small exporters, artisan entrepreneurs and designers to India's leading manufacturer exporters, is an inspirational sourcing platform for importers, wholesalers, retail chains, design professionals and others, interested to stock their reserves for upcoming seasons.

Posted: 18 December 2023

Spring Fair and Autumn Fair strengthen leadership team with new appointments

Hyve Group has announced the appointment of two new leaders to the team, Jackson Szabo as Portfolio Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair and Soraya Gadelrab as the new Event Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair.

The two senior appointments to the team will strengthen the leadership team for Retail's definitive wholesale shopping destinations, shaping the future of the industry.

Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director for the Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering Division says: "We're thrilled to introduce our two new leaders Jackson Szabo and Soraya Gadelrab who are joining our team. Their fresh perspectives and wealth of experience will undoubtedly invigorate our sector. Bringing together years of experience with a track record of innovation and success, these talented individuals will propel the team forward."

Posted: 14 December 2023

Home at Spring Fair offers new and exclusive brands

Inspiring retail's creators and curators, Spring Fair puts thousands of new products across home, gift and fashion at the forefront of UK retail.

Only available to see at the next show on 4th – 7th February at NEC Birmingham, a host of exclusive Home brands have been revealed including Coach House, Hill Interiors, Pacific Lifestyle, Garden Trading as well as the exciting new partnership between Libra and Laura Ashley.

Nick Davison, Portfolio Director, Spring Fair says, "I'm extremely excited by our Home destination for 2024. We're delighted to offer buyers some sensational exclusive brands at the show, alongside some great looking newcomers."

Posted: 4 December 2023

Spring Fair welcomes back returning brands

Registration is now live for Spring Fair, the UK's most popular, diverse, and trend led marketplace for home, gift, fashion and everyday.

The show will welcome the return of hundreds of retailer's favourite brands such as Suck UK, Oli Olsen, Paladone, Rock Luggage, Turner Bianca, Pacific Lifestyle, Garden Trading, Heaven Sends and many more, who have flocked back to the next show taking place from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham.

Attend the show to discover the new collections from all these returning brands exhibiting alongside hundreds more sought-after brands.

Inspiring retail's creators and curators, Spring Fair has brought the industry together for over 70 years so retail's people can discover the latest products and trends.

Posted: 30 November 2023