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Autumn Fair, taking place on the 4-7th September at NEC Birmingham, is now almost fully booked and a host of industry leading bellwethers set to showcase their latest collections.
Timed to get retailers ready for the Golden Quarter, retail's busiest and most profitable time of year, the market's most innovative and inspirational brands are returning to the September show including stylish and on-trend furniture, textiles and decorative interior accessories from Coach House, Hill Interiors, and the newly launched Mint Interiors by Kettle, within Home; hand-picked and curated Summerhouse stalwarts Pacific Lifestyle and Gallery Direct; best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised and licensed gifts, stationery and greetings.
Posted: 20 May 2022
The award-winning Creative Craft Show will return to major cities across the UK this autumn bringing supply shopping and workshops to crafters in Farnborough, Exeter, Glasgow, and Birmingham. From September to November, these shows celebrate the world of creativity bringing the latest supplies, techniques and inspiration to dressmakers, crafters, quilters across the country. Visitors to The Creative Craft Show can dive into yarn, sewing and dress making demonstrations and practical workshops as well as papercraft, jewellery making and felting features.
Posted: 12 May 2022
There is now just one week to go until doors open to London Stationery Show. The stationery event of the year will be back in action from 17th - 18th May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Buyers and brands from around the world will be coming together for three days of business, education, and creativity at the UK's only event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry. We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted: 9 May 2022
The 2022 BCTF Award winners were announced on Monday April 11th in an emotional ceremony that saw the amazing British craft community raise a glass together for the first time since 2019. The award sponsors included some of the UK's greatest champions of British crafts and consistent supporters of the British Craft Trade Fair, an event which is unique for its exclusive focus on handmade British products and inspires great loyalty amongst exhibitors and retailers alike. The incredibly eclectic mix of talented designers and partnerships who make up the BCTF community once again ensured that deciding upon the winners was an extremely difficult task. Along with excellence of design (rich on the ground at BCTF!) many judges were moved by the compelling personal stories they heard from exhibitors and the powerful emotion they were able to channel into work of an exceptional quality and resonance
Posted: 5 May 2022
The key out-take from the BHETA / Gardenex / PetQuip Future for International Trade Conference which took place on March 17th, was that while export was likely to outperform the home market in the coming year, it was vital for both importers and exporters to ensure they were not dependent on any one territory for either sales or supply chain.
Speakers, who included UK government insiders, successful companies exporting from the UK currently, market analysts, legal, financial and compliance advisors, concurred in advising both current and novice UK exporters on both big picture opportunities and perils and the detail of how to proceed successfully in the current environment.
Posted: 29 April 2022
In hot sunshine, rather than Glasgow's usual inclement January weather, Scotland's Trade Fair returned to the SEC in Glasgow with a fantastic range of suppliers and products.
Buyers were delighted with the quality of products, the huge number of new suppliers and the general level of innovation and originality of products. And being back at an in-person Show was widely welcomed by visitors as they could see and touch the products and connect with the suppliers in person.
Yvonne Carr, Visit Scotland Buyer said: "This Show is so important for us to source and support Scottish producers and we have loved seeing so many new companies. The Show is just not long enough for us to complete all our buying!"
Posted: 13 April 2022
Jakar International will be taking to London Stationery Show its extensive range of Jakar art, craft and stationery materials as well as Caran d'Ache artist materials and colour products. The company has just introduced three different types of spiral bound, micro perforated artwork pads, sketching, drawing and painting, with 12 different front covers, four designs per type. Jakar is also excited about its new range of eight artwork sketch books with hard and flexible covers, 192 pages, case bound. The eco-friendly range of stationery products now includes wooden rulers and pencil sharpeners as well as rulers and sharpeners made from recycled and bio-based materials.
Posted: 12 April 2022
The very best of British designer makers are getting ready for this important trade exhibition with the return of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from 10-12 April. One of a kind in the trade exhibition calendar for its exclusive dedication to handmade British crafts, BCTF will showcase an exceptional array of design talent from across the crafting spectrum of ceramics, glasswork, fine art, cards and stationery, fashion accessories, textiles and soft furnishings, home fragrance products, spectacular hand-crafted Jewellery and more.
Posted: 7 April 2022
The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event, is proud to announce highlights of this year's exciting gallery line-up which features work by internationally-acclaimed artists Michael A. Cummings and Danny Amazonas, African-American Quilts from the Cargo Collection at the International Quilt Museum, and quilts from the Roderick Kiracofe Collection.
The Festival takes place from 18th-21st August 2022 at the NEC Birmingham and features more than 700 competition quilts, an extensive programme of workshops, Academy classes, talks and lectures, more than 200 specialist craft retailers, and a Product Stage offering top tips and advice from brand ambassadors, experts and quilting VIPs. Online ticket sales open on 14th April (6th April for members of The Quilters' Guild).
Posted: 29 March 2022
CHSI Stitches 2022 saw a strong turnout, innovative new products from leading brands and high-profile speakers at its first post-pandemic show at the NEC in February.
The show, the first since February 2020, drew leading creative craft brands, showcasing new ranges, many of which were being displayed for the first time in person since the pandemic started.
The show saw new retailers attending the show for the first time, reflecting the growth in craft during the pandemic.
Independent retailer from Warrington, Stitch Station, was launched by Diane Hughes five months ago after lockdown. She was one of the many new businesses to attend the trade show.
Posted: 25 March 2022