More than 58,000 visitors attended Spring Fair earlier this year and as the second key buying cycle nears, the industry is preparing for the next edition – Autumn Fair – to capitalise on the forthcoming sales periods.
Taking place from 3-6 September, Autumn Fair is perfectly timed for the retail buyers to make orders for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter. With 12 different show sectors, daily catwalk shows, seminars, keynote speakers and workshops the event is undoubtedly the season’s most important destination.
Renowned for bringing together the leading suppliers and brands from across the entire retail sector, Spring Fair and Autumn Fair take place at two strategically important times – February and September.
Earlier in the year, many buyers and retailers visited Spring Fair to shop the halls in search of innovative gifting ideas and home products for their stores.
Buyers from companies including John Lewis, Barkers Ltd, Haskins Garden Centres, Joules, Fishpools, Oliver Bonas, Steamer Trading, Dragonfly, Everything’s Rosy Interiors, TK Maxx and Debenhams came to source products from 2,500-plus suppliers. They were joined by international visitors who took advantage of the weak pound by sourcing the best of British gifts and homeware.
90% of Spring Fair visitors successfully placed or planned to place an order following their trip in February and Autumn Fair is expected to provide the same exceptional buying experience when it takes place between 3-6 September.
Proving the quality of the exhibition and content programme, nine in 10 visitors left saying they were highly likely to recommend future editions to other retailers. And as a result, the organisers of Autumn Fair expect a hugely busy event this year, with buyers looking to meet new suppliers and see upcoming trends.
Attracting thousands of suppliers from across the globe, Spring Fair and Autumn Fair always deliver a plethora of new products to their visitors.
The Summerhouse hall was immensely popular at Spring Fair, showcasing a highly-edited selection of the most original UK and international gift, interior, lighting and lifestyle brands. Having seen the benefit of presenting their wares at the show in February, Ib Laursen, Nkuku, India Jane and Jellycat are just a selection of the businesses that have confirmed they will return as part of the next edition at Autumn Fair.
Dorte Andersen from Ib Laursen said: “Spring Fair is a great opportunity for us to meet new contacts and showcase our latest products. This year we brought more than 600 new items from our latest spring and summer ranges. It’s important for buyers to see the products for themselves as opposed to just online or in catalogues. We’re looking forward to attending Autumn Fair, which will enable us to present different ranges to our customers.”
In addition to the Summerhouse, visitors to Autumn Fair will find 11 other carefully curated show sectors that cover everything a gift and homeware store could ever require.
Spring Fair and Autumn Fair’s standing in the retail industry enable them to attract a number of high-profile speakers to impart their insights and experience in retail and business.
In February, Baroness Karren Brady and leading retail expert Mary Portas delighted crowds with personal stories, invaluable retail insights and actionable advice for business success and this September an equally impressive array of speakers will join the crowds at Autumn Fair.
Aside from the keynote speakers and exhibitions, the next edition of Autumn Fair will continue where Spring Fair left off by providing a programme of targeted material, aimed at inspiring visitors on future trends and retail ideas.
After delivering a highly informative briefing that revealed the hottest new trends for autumn and winter 2017 at Spring Fair, WGSN will return to Autumn Fair to share its latest insights. New to the show this year, a series of group workshops called Retail Therapy, will enable retailers to gain new skills and garner the advice from leading experts – sessions will cover store design, social media and e-commerce.
Louise Young, Divisional Director Retail at Ascential, which organises Autumn Fair and Spring Fair, said: “We are delighted with the success of the 2017 edition of Spring Fair and now look ahead to the second important buying and selling cycle of the year, which is where Autumn Fair comes into its own. New this year will be an appointment-planning service whereby buyers can browse through product categories on our website and arrange meetings directly with the relevant companies at the show.
“Our exhibitors will display on-trend merchandise across a variety of sectors, enabling retailers to source everything they need under one roof. Not only that, our speakers will deliver exclusive advice and insights that can really make a difference to the bottom line.”
Autumn Fair returns to the NEC from 3-6 September 2017, to register please visit https://www.autumnfair.com.