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BCTF acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions

BCTF acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has been acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions Limited in a deal completed on 14th April 2021 after the previous owner, PSM Limited, was forced to seek a new owner for the fair following the cancellation of its April 2020 and 2021 events during the lockdown. The past year has seen unprecedented challenges for the exhibitions and live events industry. Whilst many shows, organisers, contractors and venues may not make it through to the other side of the pandemic restrictions, today's acquisition announcement confirms that this trade show for handmade British crafts will benefit from new investment and the fair's future is secure for many years to come.... read more

Posted: 6 May 2021

IGHF Delhi Fair to go digital as COVID cases soar in India

IGHF Delhi Fair to go digital as COVID cases soar in India

In light of recent developments with the second surge of COVID in India, the organisers of IHGF Delhi Fair have announced an all virtual edition to ensure health & safety of its buyers as well as exhibitors. The physical mode of the show is cancelled.EPCH, show organisers, have opted to stall the show in favour of a digital edition to continue sourcing opportunities for buyers. Categories at the online event include home, lifestyle, fashion, textiles, gifting and furniture.... read more

Posted: 28 April 2021

Top Drawer returns to live format in September

Top Drawer returns to live format in September

Top Drawer organiser Clarion Events has announced that the show is returning to a live format for its A/W21 edition. Taking place at Olympia London from 12-14 September, the show promises to reunite design-led brands, buyers and designers for trade opportunities for the first time in over a year. To ensure the needs of its audience were best met, in planning for the show's return to an in- person format, the team has extensively surveyed its community of leading retail buyers and interior designers – 82% of which said they intend to attend in September.... read more

Posted: 19 April 2021

Ticket lines set to open in May for The Festival of Quilts

Ticket lines set to open in May for The Festival of Quilts

The organisers of The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event, are delighted to announce that tickets for The Festival of Quilts 2021 will go on sale in May. The live event takes place from 29th July-1st August 2021 at the NEC Birmingham and will be located across four halls of the venue, rather than the usual three, to give significantly more space for social distancing. Safety measures will include capped visitor and exhibitor numbers, extended opening times, pre-booked, staggered entry times, wider aisles, larger workshop rooms, galleries, theatre and VIP lounge with capacity limits and enhanced cleaning, separate entry and exit points, frequent and enhanced cleaning, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities, and contactless ticket scanning and payment wherever possible. There will also be additional toilet facilities and seating. Anyone feeling unwell or with Covid symptoms will be asked not to attend.... read more

Posted: 15 April 2021

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group is set to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace. The Online Marketplace takes the wholesale home, gift, and fashion business online, enabling trade with existing and new global partners throughout the year.The Online Marketplace is a brand extension to the heritage brands Spring & Autumn Fair, two live events which are now complemented by a 365 digital trading platform. It will allow brands to access serious, vetted buyers all year round, deepen relationships started at the live events at the NEC, generate leads and take online orders. Buyers can find new products from loved and trusted brands, discover new brands online, build their collections and shop with ease throughout the year.... read more

Posted: 14 April 2021

Home & Gift to return to Harrogate for 2021

Home & Gift to return to Harrogate for 2021

In response to overwhelming industry demand and in-line with government guidelines, Clarion Events, the organisers of the summer trade buying festival, Home & Gift, has announced their intention to return to a live show format in Harrogate for 2021. Taking place from 18th-21st July across the Harrogate Convention Centre and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate, the show will offer the retail industry the first and largest face to-face opportunity for buyers and brands to unite and do business in over a year.... read more

Posted: 29 March 2021

Consumer Goods Digital Day: register now free of charge

Consumer Goods Digital Day: register now free of charge

First-class lectures, workshops and panel discussions - the Consumer Goods Digital Day awaits with an exciting digital live conference programme on 20 April 2021: Keynote speaker Sanjay Sauldie and numerous industry experts will discuss valuable approaches to solutions and ways out of the crisis. Those who would like to attend can register now free of charge via the ticket shop and get to know the digital platform and exchange ideas with international business partners as early as 13th April 2021. Orders can be placed at any time via Nextrade.... read more

Posted: 19 March 2021

Giving & Living 2021 goes online!

Giving & Living 2021 goes online!

The normally Exeter based Gift, Coast and Home trade show is going online! Originally due to take place in January, and then moved to May, unfortunately it cannot take place physically this year due to the staged plan to exit lockdown.Giving & Living Online will be free to attend for buyers, who will have the opportunity to browse through a curated range of companies, discover their products, download catalogues, view videos about them, as well as set up meetings, both live text chat and video, with exhibitors. There will also be some additional content from organisations like the Giftware Association, but this event will be product focussed and strongly image led.... read more

Posted: 16 March 2021

New date for CHSI Stiches

New date for CHSI Stiches

In 2021, it's more important than ever for the industry to get together and do business to drive the sector forward. We are pleased to confirm that new dates have been secured to run CHSI Stitches at the NEC 5th-6th September 2021. CHSI Stitches provides craft businesses of all sizes their first opportunity in 18 months to connect and do business with their buyers face to face. With the global pandemic and resulting lockdowns generating a resurgence in many craft types, CHSI Stitches will be targeting the ever growing buyers for the industry.... read more

Posted: 11 March 2021

The Creative Retail Awards confirmed for October; entry deadline extended to April

The Creative Retail Awards confirmed for October; entry deadline extended to April

The Creative Retail Awards has been confirmed for 14th October 2021, with the entry deadline extended until 30th April.With the announcement of the new Government COVID-19 roadmap bringing clarity to hold the Creative Retail Awards event live in October, an unprecedented number of companies have requested an extension to the submission deadline. In light of this the organisers have extended the entry deadline until 30th April 2021. If a project was previously entered into the postponed 2020 Awards the entry has automatically been rolled over and entered into this year's.... read more

Posted: 10 March 2021

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