Charlie Cracknell will take up his new role from April 2019, assisting in shaping the strategic direction of the show.
Spring Fair, the UK’s largest source of gift and home decor in the UK, announced last week that it will undergo its first major re-edit in eight years for the 2020 show. This year’s Spring Fair took place at Birmingham’s NEC (3rd-7th February) with over 2,000 exhibitors showcasing their offerings across 15 distinct show sectors.
Next year, the exhibition, now in its 69th year, will have a renewed look-and-feel, which will reinvigorate the way buyers source products and connect with exhibitors.
Julie Driscoll, Spring & Autumn Fair’s new managing director, commented: “Charlie has a wealth of experience in shaping wider business strategies, leading global projects and helping to implement best practice. He will be reporting to me, and the team is very much looking forward to him starting in his new role.”
Charlie added: “I’d like to thank Julie and the team at Spring Fair for the opportunity to take up a role at such an exciting time for what is one of the most established and respected brands in the business. It’s fantastic to be involved, and I’m already planning a concierge matchmaking programme for the show, aimed and finding and matching buyers with the ideal exhibitors. I’m thoroughly looking forward to making my mark in a re-edit year that will see some real innovation and bold changes for the brand.”
The investment programme that supports the re-edit follows the acquisition of Spring & Autumn Fair by ITE Group.