Registration is already for the Spring Fair 2020 which runs from Sunday, 2 February – Thursday, 6 February.
Hot on the tail of Spring Fair 2019, the ITE Group plc (organisers of Autumn Fair, Bett (including Asia, Brasil Educar, Latin America and Middle East & Africa), BVE, CWIEME, the Education Show, Glee and Pure London) have opened registration for their biggest event yet. Promising a bold new direction with a major programme of investment, Spring Fair 2020 is set to have a fresh look and feel - intended to reinvigorate the way buyers source products and connect with exhibitors. The initiative is the first major change for the show in eight years.
Changes will include a re-organisation of the show floor into two distinct sourcing destinations, Gifts in the Piazza and Home & Living in the Atrium. In Hall 1, the show's fashion segment will also host the high-end sub-sector Jewellery & Watch, while Hall 2 will feature Greetings & Gift, the largest gathering of its type in the UK. Hall 3 will play host to Beauty and Wellbeing, while the Atrium will house Home & Living, including a brand-new Sourcing area.
Having won ‘Best New Product’ in the Home, Gift & Clothing Category at Glee 2018 for the Meg Hawkins Recycled Aluminium Collection, Tilnar Art’s relationship with wildlife watercolour artist, Meg Hawkins, continues to flourish.
Originally training in art and sculpture, Meg went on to work successfully as a photographer for 16 years, and as a children’s illustrator, before committing to life as an artist four years ago.
Working from her studio in Shropshire, from where she sells her work all over the world, Meg partnered with Tilnar Art last year. She has also recently opened a shop in the Pride Hill Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury, where she stocks her own work including cards, prints, clothing, gift wrap and her sensational splashbacks. Recently added to her extensive range is the Bella (clothing) Collection, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Gift of the Year.
Christmas is a time for good will and optimism, and this was certainly reiterated at Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2019 which experienced an increase in visitor numbers for the seventh year running. Whatever world politics has in store for us, retailers and buyers attending the show made it clear that they are planning for a bumper 2019 festive season with many exhibitors reporting a record number of orders taken.
Piers Croke of Gisela Graham said: “We had an excellent show, picking up several new customers and seeing just about every regular customer we hoped to see and took some good orders. We had expected a rather low-key atmosphere, bearing in mind the general Brexit-related uncertainty, but were agreeably surprised that there was quite a buzz in the air – maybe because Christmas is a long way off? Altogether a well-managed show.”
Alan Pimm of exhibiting company Sifcon commented: “We had a very good show with orders taken up on last year. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the buyers who attended. It was good to see some new customers as well as our existing regulars.”