Gift Focus - Jan/Feb 2020 (Issue 117)

71 ACE CULTURAL SHOW Magnificent finds Each year more than 600 delegat s and exhibitors gather together at the Cultural Enterprises Conference & Trade Show with one aim, to generate a greater return to cultural organisations from commercial activities The Cultural Enterprises Trade Show is the only UK show designed especially for retail buyers in the cultural sector. If you run a shop in a museum, gallery, theatre, historic house, arts centre or any other type of cultural attraction, this show is for you. With curated products and relevant retail insight to keep your buying on trend throughout the year, it’s definitely one not to miss. Tailored to the interests of the cultural sector, this show can save you time – no more hard work searching out the suppliers that are relevant to you amidst the hundreds that aren’t. And if you’re new to the sector, you can come along, see what’s out there and make the connections to get you started. The Cultural Enterprises Trade Show is free, so you can bring your whole buying team along. The show features more than 100 exhibitors offering design-led, bespoke and ethically-sourced products. These include: • Gifts & homewares • Books & publishing • Children’s books & toys • Prints, greeting cards & stationery • Jewellery, clothing & accessories • Food, wine & confectionery • Shopfitting, ticketing & consultancy The show also features a Designer Makers area, curated by Design Nation, showcasing up and coming artisan makers producing quality contemporary craft with an authentic story. IN BRIEF Show Cultural Enterprises Conference & Trade Show Organiser Association for Cultural Enterprises Where Harrogate Convention Centre When 19 th -20 th March, 2020 Website Twitter @ACEnterprises Find out more about the Cultural Enterprises Conference and Trade Show at: SHOWCASE SESSIONS As well as sourcing new products you can also hear the latest retail insights with Showcase Sessions, a series of inspiring and fast paced talks offering ideas, innovation, case studies and top tips for maximising profitability. Programme highlights include: Grow Your Sales: Turn Visitors into Purchasers By Henri Davis, retail consultant Top tips to help you create a retail offer that increases sales, conversion rate and average basket spend. Commissioning on a Budget: Product Development with Student Artists Laura Hilton, visitor services manager, Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust How a small visitor centre with a limited budget worked with Art Foundation students to create and manufacture a range of quality merchandise with a £10 and under price tag. Harrogate Christmas Windows: Retail Driving Tourism John Fox, chair of Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) The Harrogate Christmas Shop Window Competition attracts thousands of visitors to the town each year. Learn the secrets of its success. For the Love of Small Museum Shops Polly Redman, marketing and retail officer, Braintree District Museum Inspiring hints and tips to turn museum shops of any size into amazing money- making spaces. Retailism: A Fresh Palette of Ideas to Inspire the Cultural Shopkeeper Diane Williams, director, Quince Retail Consulting Discover the retail principles that will make the biggest difference to your bottom line. CULTURAL ENTERPRISES CONFERENCE The trade show is part of the Cultural Enterprises Conference, a two-day event looking at all aspects of cultural income generation – including retail, ecommerce, sustainability, commercial strategy, catering, publishing, events and venue hire. The annual conference is an unmissable opportunity for anyone involved in cultural income generation to share ideas and experience, and get inspired with new ways to grow sustainable revenue for their organisations.