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On with the show Trade show updates from home and abroad IHGF DELHI FAIR SPRING 2023 SET TO BE BIGGER THAN EVER IHGF Delhi Fair, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), India, is slated to be bigger in its Spring 2023 edition to be held from 15th to 19th March 2023. Resuming its earlier form and stature with each successive show, this fair will be a full capacity show. The response and revival can be attributed to exemplary growth in exhibitor participation as well as buyer attendance in the past three editions. The upcoming 55th edition is structured with a larger display with over 3000 exhibitors, theme as well as collective displays, several curated lines and design affirmations with a cross section of exhibitors ranging from medium and small exporters, artisan entrepreneurs and designers to India’s leading manufacturer exporters. A choice of over 2000 products and more than 300 trend specific design developments across 14 display segments, defines this show held at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi-NCR. In the show’s broad based segments of Home, Fashion, Lifestyle, Textiles and Furniture, the product range will feature housewares, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decorative, lamps and lighting, Christmas & festive décor, fashion jewellery & accessories, spa & wellness, carpets and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, educational toys & games, handmade paper products & stationery and leather bags. Collectively they offer a full spectrum of thoughtfully curated concepts and products at a single platform. Added attractions like Theme Pavilions, Trend Areas, Craft Demonstrations, Ramp Presentations and Knowledge Seminars, besides Buyer Lounges and Refreshment Zones would make attending the show a truly wholesome experience. This five days’ trade appointment is a sustained, proven and progressive resource for importers, wholesalers, retail chains and design professionals. Pre-registrations have already begun. IHGF Delhi Fair is organized twice every year in Spring and Autumn editions, by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the apex organization representing handicraft manufacturers and exporters in India. EPCH facilitates its 10,000+ members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. Beyond providing unparalleled business platforms to buyers and sellers, EPCH also provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers, facilitating harmonious business. London Stationery Show expands into the arts & crafts industry The team behind London Stationery Show are delighted to announce the show’s expansion into the arts and crafts industry. As the UK’s only trade event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry this is an incredibly exciting development that will see a broader range of products on offer than ever before. According to Mintel’s UK Hobbies and Interests Market Report for 2022, one in five adults have embarked on a new hobby since the outbreak of COVID-19. With people spending more time at home now than they did prior to the pandemic and a subsequent rise in concern for achieving the perfect work/life balance, more people are reaching to arts and crafts to destress and detox from the digital world. In a recent survey conducted by London Stationery Show to its database of independent retailers, art materials came out on top as the most popular product type stocked in store. This surpassed all other categories including notebooks and journals, diaries, writing instruments, and greeting cards, to name but a few. 32% of respondents also stated that arts and crafts are currently the biggest area for growth in their business, emphasising the increasing popularity of these products amongst consumers. Sandra Jervis, owner of Creative Cove in Lampeter, is a regular attendee of London Stationery Show and arts and crafts is a crucial part of her store offering: “Arts and crafts products are now my biggest sellers. My customers are increasingly falling in love with craft kits, not only because they are an opportunity to try something new, but because they represent great value for money. The products I sell have a really premium feel and make great gifts. Arts and crafts really do sell themselves!” 67% of survey respondents stated that they attend London Stationery Show to source arts and crafts products for their store, with an average of £47k being spent individually on arts and crafts stock per year. For art material and crafting companies choosing to exhibit at London Stationery Show, the demand for their products has been apparent. Paul Sacki, Director at Jakar International, and exhibitor at London Stationery Show cites: “The exhibition is an essential platform for us to showcase new art material product ranges to existing and potential customers and is always extremely successful for us. With no other exhibition in the UK catering for arts and crafts materials, London Stationery Show is a vital date in our calendar.” London Stationery Show is focused on supporting this evergrowing industry and is delighted to be a platform facilitating the connection between arts and crafts suppliers and stockists. 15 NEWS & EVENTS