The ceremony was attended by over 1,000 events industry professionals and the AEO reported that more entries were submitted this year than ever before.
The nomination focused on the fact that, in order to create an entirely new destination department store model for Home and Gift, the team undertook a herculean task: re-editing and moving 3,000 exhibitors across 17 halls. The move followed consultation with the market to put the buyers’ needs and customer experience at the heart of the show.
Explaining their decision to give Spring Fair International their final seal of approval, the judges commented: “Very positive – impressively positive – change was delivered on a large scale event, coupled with resounding customer compliments”.
Louise Young, i2i Events group divisional director for Spring Fair, said: “This is a very important exhibition for i2i Events Group and everyone involved can be justifiably proud that all their hard work and dedication has been recognised by their industry peers in such a way. The thanks must really go to our exhibitors who have supported us over the years and allowed us to keep on growing. We are, of course, always looking for ways to improve and innovate, which is why we are not resting on our laurels and have implemented changes recommended by our customers as we plan for next February.”