Launching in 2023 is Connect @ Autumn Fair

Posted by Danielle Harvey on 9 August 2023

two men looking at table lamps at a trade show Launching at Autumn Fair 2023 is Connect @ Autumn Fair, a brand-new way for the retail community to connect and collaborate. Making history, 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, the UK's ultimate shop for shop for wholesale Home, Gift, and Fashion 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 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.

three women looking at vases at a stand at a trade show Over 150 new exhibitors will be launching new products and collections alongside leading names such as Gallery Direct, Art Marketing, Besp-oak Furniture, Quirky Barn, CIMC, Hill Interiors, Heathcote & Ivory, Malini, Zen Agencies, Lows of Dundee, Jellycat, Deluxe Homeart, Sass & Belle, Chalk UK, Fizz Creations, Locomocean, Shared Earth, Bomb Cosmetics, The Seed Card Company, Cardology, Paper Salad, Sevin, and Gift Republic .

Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director, Hyve Group plc says, "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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