Autumn Fair International 2013, an i2i Events Group exhibition that took place on September 1–4 at The NEC Birmingham, welcomed over 1,500 exhibitors with 60,000 new launches and almost 30,000 retailers from 80 countries.
Visitors praised the variety of new products on offer at this essential show, which is the prime seasonal sourcing event in the British retail calendar. Independent retailer Ray Cambert was one of many who described Autumn Fair as an event that “you can’t afford to miss”.
Autumn Fair is renowned for offering a huge quantity of products that are on trend, in stock and ready for delivery. With the majority of independent retailers now buying little and often with specific occasions in mind, rather than forward planning 12 months ahead and bulk buying at the start of the year, the show has never been more relevant to the UK trade.
While retailers were spoilt for choice on the show floor, exhibitors also declared themselves pleased with the event. Paul Rylatt of Global Enterprises was one of the happiest, saying: “I’ve done business here before over the years but this is the best show we’ve ever done with a new product at Autumn Fair, the response has been tremendous. We have had overseas traders, independents, multiples, we’ve got signed contracts and orders from all kinds of retailers – I can probably sit back now and retire but I like the job too much!”
Five hundred new exhibitors and 400 overseas suppliers joined a host of UK industry bellwethers across 11 different market sectors, including: Contemporary Gift & Home, Kitchen, Dining & Housewares, Gifts, Home Interiors & Furniture, Gift, Home & Volume, Hobby, Arts & Craft, Greetings & Gift, Children’s Gifts, Toys & Gadgets, Body, Bath & Home Fragrance, Fashion Jewellery & Accessories and The Summerhouse.
A schedule of seminars and insight into future trends provided invaluable business advice to thousands of small and medium-sized companies, while some of the UK’s most influential retailers attended a series of briefings on the current retail environment hosted by the World Retail Congress. Those in attendance included senior buyers from Tesco and Harrods, with Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Hamleys, Waitrose, Clinton Cards, Amazon, BHS, John Lewis, Debenhams, TK Maxx, The Cookshop, Fenwick and The V&A also visiting Autumn Fair.
The next edition of Autumn Fair International will take place from September 7–10 2014 at The NEC, Birmingham, with the Volume Hall opening one day early. Visit the website for more details and updates at www.autumnfair.com.
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