Show News: Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Autumn Fair launches new business pavilion

Autumn Fair has announced the launch of a New Business Pavilion designed to support small businesses and the next generation of makers and creators, helping put their products on the map.

100 New Business Pavilion ready-to-exhibit entry level price packages are available and include space at both Autumn Fair taking place from 1st – 4th September 2024 at NEC Birmingham, and Spring Fair from 2nd – 5th February 2025.

As the indispensable destinations for buyers to explore a wealth of new and captivating products from the most coveted brands in retail, the packages have been curated to give retail's future leaders a chance to reach a new marketplace, learn from seasoned businesses, and be part of the future of retail with Spring & Autumn Fair.

Posted: 24 April 2024

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h+h Cologne's success!

h+h cologne 2024 closed its doors with strong figures and a positive feedback from the industry. In line with the market figures published by Initiative Handarbeit e.V., which show that handicrafts are anchored within society more than ever, h+h cologne offered a huge international meeting point for trade visitors of the creative community. In total, the visitors came together from 78 countries. The survey that was carried out by GfK Nuremberg on behalf of the industry association, Initiative Handarbeit, proves the growing enthusiasm for textile handicrafts. In the meantime, the 18 to 29-year-olds form the largest group of handicraft fans.

Posted: 23 April 2024

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40 years of Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH

Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH (MFS) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Founded in 1984, MFS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and now consists of two areas: Fairconstruction and Media Services. The lasting success of the Group's very first subsidiary is founded on providing exhibitors with the best possible visibility through stand construction and marketing services.

Posted: 18 April 2024

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Autumn Fair returns, Sept 2024

Autumn Fair returns on the 1st – 4th September at NEC Birmingham as the indispensable destination for buyers to explore a wealth of new and captivating products from the most coveted brands in retail. Take great products from the show floor to the shop window in time for retail's peak season with Autumn Fair's curated selection of over 600 suppliers including the retail market's bellwether brands in every major sector across Home, Gift, and Fashion. Historically over 30% of brands are also exclusive to Autumn Fair - you won't find them at any other show.

Posted: 11 April 2024

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h+h americas in top 50

Koelnmesse's h+h americas show has been listed amongst the TOP 50 fastest growing 2023 trade shows in the U.S. Cologne/Chicago Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Class of 2023, marked the trade show industry's trade shows breaking TSE Fastest 50 records for growth by net square feet, number of exhibiting companies and total attendance - and h+h has come up trumps!

Posted: 14 March 2024

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Creativeworld 2024

The sustainability of products is becoming increasingly important in artistic design. This was abundantly on display at Creativeworld 2024. Numerous exhibitors presented 'green' products for artists of all ages to the professional creative community. The Ethical Style by Creativeworld label at the stands provided orientation in the halls. The cross-event Ethical Style programme of the Frankfurt consumer goods fairs comprises a selection of exhibitors with sustainable approaches, curated by an independent jury of experts.

Posted: 12 March 2024

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Show floor to shop window

Autumn Fair, the UK retail's inspirational shopping destination for Home, Gift and Fashion, has announced the launch of its new campaign theme promising a celebration of newness and original products that will bring retail stores to life, putting the spotlight on the allure of the 'shop window' and the best of British suppliers. The show will take place 1st – 4th September at NEC Birmingham.

Posted: 29 February 2024

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h+h Cologne's diversified event programme

h+h cologne will become the ultimate networking and educational platform for the handicraft industry from 22nd to 24th March 2024 - the respective programme contents have now been announced: From the first steps of founding a company, to the power of collaboration, through to the creation of reels, valuable knowledge that falls under the key theme "Creative Empowerment" will be conveyed.

Posted: 27 February 2024

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Spring and Autumn Fair announce new advisory board

Spring & Autumn Fair, the UK's largest and most inspirational retail trade shows for Home, Gift and Fashion, has announced the creation of a new Advisory Board designed to drive the continuous enhancement of the two shows and ensure that UK retail has a thriving marketplace in which to do business.

The board, chaired by Stephen Spencer, Ambience Director at Stephen Spencer + Associates, comprises 15 of the industry's leading figureheads.

Including John Halliday from British Independent Retailers Association, Sarah Ward of the Giftware Association, Ben Massey from the National Association of Jewellers, exhibitors including Stephen Illingworth from Widdop & Co, Aylish Ellwood from Enesco, who all provide valuable industry insight and advice assisting in the on-going development and growth of Spring & Autumn Fair.

Posted: 22 February 2024

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Spring fair looks ahead to 2025

Spring Fair, the UK's largest and most inspirational retail marketplace for Home, Gift and Fashion, closed on a high after four days of intensive buying, creativity and fun, and now looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in 2025. From Sunday to Wednesday, the UK's longest serving retail show attracted thousands of buyers from retailers including John Lewis, Asda, Fortnum & Mason, Tesco, Aldi UK, Elphicks, Cards Galore and more.

Posted: 15 February 2024

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