Connect @ Autumn Fair attracts thousands of buyers

Published on: 20th July 2023

There’s still time to sign up – buyers visiting Autumn Fair are advised to register by 9th August to take advantage of the benefits on offer.

Launching at Autumn Fair 2023, Connect @ Autumn Fair is a brand-new way for the retail community to connect and collaborate. The new connections programme will give exhibitors more visibility than ever before, and buyers the opportunity to plan and pre-schedule double opt-in meetings before the show opens. Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Blue Diamond, Hillier Garden Centres, Card Factory, Coney’s, Robert Dyas, Walt Disney Co., Holland & Barrett, Wilkies, Artistic Gift Boutique, Avon Cosmetics, Sterling Home, and Moonpig are amongst the thousands of leading retailers who have already registered.

Autumn Fair, taking place from the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham, launched Connect @ Autumn Fair to transform the buying experience, making it more efficient and effective. For the first time ever, exhibitors can view the profiles of 3,000+ buyers prior to Autumn Fair and see the types of products they’re searching for with the Connect @ Autumn Fair online platform.

Buyers who register by 9th August here for their complimentary ticket to Autumn Fair receive a host of benefits including being able to easily browse and filter, based on their specific criteria, over 600 exhibitor profiles from product categories to minimum orders and show offers. They can make pre-show connections and pre-schedule meetings to take place at the show, all of which are double opt-in ensuring both parties want to meet. Connect @ Autumn Fair also gives buyers an opportunity to see special offers, discounts or announcements exhibitors are making ahead of arriving onsite at the show, and exclusive perks include access to the new Connect VIP Buyers Lounge while at the show.

Over 150 new exhibitors will be launching new products and collections alongside leading names. Nicola Meadows, divisional managing director, Hyve Group, commented: “When we launched Connect @ Autumn Fair, we knew it was the obvious and much-needed next step to revolutionise the trade show experience, and we’re delighted to see that so many retailers agree. Save time, skip the queues, plan ahead, and enjoy the convenience of scheduled meetings rather than waiting around for representatives to become available, get the exclusive benefits. It has never been easier to find your next best-seller.”

Connect @ Autumn Fair is completely free for buyers to use and there is no minimum meeting requirement. All meetings take place during the show on the exhibitors stand, so buyers can view, touch, and ask them questions about their products in person, providing the perfect opportunity to launch new products. With valuable time saved by managing their time efficiently and prioritising pre-scheduled meetings, buyers have more time to shop the show for unexpected new product finds, trends, and inspiration.

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