Between 4th and 7th September 2016, the Autumn Fair will open its doors at the NEC Birmingham UK. The show is usually celebrated as the number one season’s show for home and gift trade displays and has been a must attend for lots of global and UK based buyers. The Autumn Fair was first held in September 1990 and today brings together online retailers, multiples and independents who visit the event with the hope of finding high quality and creative innovations and new products ahead of Spring, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day.
What to expect at the trade show
At the bare minimum you can expect to meet incredible retailers and the most amazing brands. It’s also the place to meet more than 140,000 exhibitors and attend creative and colourful catwalks, retail clinics and live talks. There’re a number of things to expect in the Autumn Fair trade event.
Autumn Fair always has a fair share of well known and respected keynote speakers lined up to inspire attendees. For instance, the September 2016 event will have Jo Malone as one of the keynote speakers sharing the passion she has for fragrances and how she has transformed the industry and from her humble beginnings to a global brand. Martin Holland, an award winning designer is also another speaker who’ll be appearing in the show talking about how one can accomplish interior design easily in any retail store.
Autumn Fair is also a chance to meet various experts through diverse retail clinics. This is exactly where to be if you have questions to ask the experts. Actually, you can have 15 minutes with an expert and get all your queries answered. Book the meeting in advance since it’s done free and through appointment only. Experts are diverse, such as Peter Andrews and Laura Brown for a Social Media Health Check at the Autumn Fair Expert Theatre, or Karl Wilson on how to List Effectively Online. Other expert advice to seek includes how to accomplish social media success, revolutionising accounts management, optimising the web for your retail business, among others.
Remember there’re free seminars provided at the Fair where key topics are addressed and common challenges tackled that beset retailers in all areas from social media, SEO in-house public relations, omni-channel retail and ecommerce.
Throughout the event, you’ll find a catwalk happening everyday at the Autumn Fair. Here you’ll always find the latest fashion, accessories and jewellery on display. Brands that have created them are also represented.
Why you should exhibit at the event
One of the reasons Autumn Fair and other trade events are critical has everything to do with exposure and growing sales and networking while learning from experts. Brands at the event are introduced to thousands of buyers who appear at the show for a share of £1.2 billion that’s usually spent at the event. Review past events and how the Autumn Fair could easily transform your sales and why it attracts over 1,400 exhibitors who usually introduce the best creative brands in the industry.
Exhibitors are supported by the organisers from the planning stage all the way to stand development including brand marketing. Through the E-Zone portal exhibitors easily login and manage their products and profile online.
Some of the Exhibitors include Bertoy-Vekemans BVBA, Art by Lewie, Bright Ideas, Bonsny UK, Creative Models Ltd, Magma London, Le Creuset UK Ltd and Heo UK Ltd among thousands of others.
The Autumn Fair has 12 sectors across home and gift industry. This includes Home sector where the best outdoor and home furniture, lighting, textile, wall and art decor and accessories brands are showcased. In the Contemporary Gift and Living sector you’ll find all the cutting edge gadgets, gifts, and design led accessories for your home. In the Light Show sector, home and display lighting among others are exhibited.
In the Gift sector you’ll find all the different affordable gift products from heritage gifts, mobile accessories, collectibles, personalised products, wall art and souvenirs among others. In the Children’s Gifts, Toys and Gadgets sector, all manner of magical toys, Christmas hits, hi-tech kid gadgets and retro games are in plenty.
At the Greetings and Contemporary Gift sector sample gift wraps, greeting card designs, crafts and stationery exhibited. The Fashion, Jewellery and Accessories sector brings together diverse fashion and related accessories, from eyewear, watches, handbags, leather goods, faux furs to jewellery. At the Summerhouse sector you’ll find summerhouse inspirations featuring top quality contemporary products. The Body, Bath and Home Fragrances sector all the everyday treats, lotions, oils, bathroom accessories, spa gifts, candles and fragrances come alive.
The Chinese Brands sector is also a part of the event and features different Chinese wholesalers derived from around the giftware and homewares industry and include different fashion accessories, homewares and contemporary ranges among others.
The Retail Solutions sector brings together exhibitors from business services, logistics, and payment and ecommerce retailers from across the board. At the Volume and Housewares sector wholesale gifts are exhibited from all areas featuring outstanding and exclusive bargains and clearance lines where huge volumes and bulk products are sold.
Location, time and date
The Autumn Fair takes place over a period of four days in the month of September. The 2016 event will take place between 4th and 7th September 2016 with the Volume sector opening on 3rd September 2016. The show is located at central location in the United Kingdom at the Birmingham NEC, B40 1NT, a location that boasts diverse travel links by air, coach, bus, train and car. For 70 percent of retailers from the UK, the journey should be about 3 hours via a vehicle. The event is usually organised by the i2i Events Group.