Craft Focus - February/March 2022 (Issue 89)

31 CHSI STITCHES  CHSI STITCHES RETURNS HSI Stitches, the UK’s leading trade event for the craft industry, has unveiled its new green logo and a path to net zero theme for the February 2022 show at the NEC, Birmingham The return to physical trade shows has been long awaited, as Event Director Steve Mitchell says: “This length of time without a face-to-face trade event is unprecedented in the craft industry and we know there’s a huge appetite for meeting in person again. This is the show that brings together our industry and it’s been much missed. We’re excited to be providing craft businesses with their first opportunity for personal contact with buyers in two years. There’s a growing demand out there for craft, with much of the new interest driven by the events of the last two years.” Visitors to the show on 27th and 28th February will hear the exclusive results of the 2022 Craft Report – Going Green: Crafting to Net Zero. Providing independent research data on the crafting industry, the 2022 report will give guidance on changes businesses can make to improve their environmental impact and how to source products to reduce carbon emissions. Steve continues: “ICHF Events is playing a leading role within the wider events industry to plan how to reduce the waste and carbon footprint for each show. We know how important sustainability is to everyone and want to support craft businesses to play their part in becoming more sustainable.” Focussing on what the craft industry can do to make a more sustainable future, CHSI Stitches will have a sustainability showcase of the most ethical products at the event which will be on display at the entrance providing inspiration to visitors. ICHF Events, organisers of CHSI Stitches, have confirmed a line-up of leading retail experts and features to support creative industry businesses. Keynote speakers include Cate Trotter, one of the world’s top retail experts; Andrew Davis, business development, communication and marketing expert and Miya Knights, ranked one of the top retail technology influencers. Within the brand-new two-day format, speakers will also provide essential insight through new campfire sessions giving the opportunity for visitors to ask questions and share their own experiences. CHSI Stitches 2022 takes place from 27th-28th February at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. For more information visit To discuss exhibiting options contact Steve Mitchell on +44 (0)1425 460 811 or email Twitter @CHSIstitches Instagram @CHSIstitches LinkedIn CHSI Stitches * Details correct of at time of going to press.