BCTF 2022 is almost upon us!

The British Craft Trade Fair is getting ready to open its doors at the Yorkshire Event Centre

The very best of British designer makers are getting ready for their most important trade exhibition in two years with the return of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from 10-12 April.

Unique 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.

Hundreds of designer-makers are participating in the event, with many using BCTF as their first-ever launchpad to the retail trade. The strong contingent of newcomers is flanked by many experienced crafters and long-time BCTF exhibitors, who are thrilled at the opportunity to return in person to this much-loved trade show.

With British consumers more determined than ever to support both British handicrafts and local retailers, this promises to be a very important event for the UK market, as independent companies seek to strengthen their position in an ever-evolving and challenging retail-scape.

Show Director, Kane Thomas, said. “The crafting community is getting very excited about our return to Harrogate this April and I’m extremely proud that we’ve got such a fantastic event lined-

up, despite all the challenges of the past year. Kerrison Exhibitions’ major investment in BCTF has kept the show on the road and we are looking forward to welcoming our loyal retail audience back to the Yorkshire Event Centre when the doors finally open after two years.

“The market for British handmade has never been stronger so now is the time for retailers the length and breadth of the UK to show their support for local talent and ensure consumers are shown what British makers can do!”

BCTF 2022 Awards

The BCTF Awards will once again take place on the Monday evening (11th April) at the YEC after the show closes, with the following categories to be recognised:

• Award for Excellence, sponsored by The Giftware Association
• WOW Factor Award for Best Stand as voted for by makers, sponsored by The Giftware Association
• Award for Excellence in Jewellery sponsored by The National Association of Jewellers
• Best Newcomer Award sponsored by Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge
• Form & Function Award sponsored by The Platform Gallery, Ribble Valley
• BCTF Award for Excellence sponsored by The Pyramid Gallery, York
• Best Post-Newcomer Award sponsored by Home & Giftware magazine in partnership with Denre.com

Craft sales in the UK have increased from £883 million in 2006 to £3 billion in 2019, whilst almost three-quarters of British adults bought craft in 2019, amounting to 25 million handmade items – for which they are also willing to pay that little pit extra. BCTF is unrivalled it is ability to help makers and retailers alike to capitalise on this huge potential for British handmade products, which are free from the supply chain problems that are adversely affecting much of the consumer goods market.

Venue and Facilities

Yorkshire Event Centre is a state-of-the-art venue offering a pleasant and relaxing buying environment, with excellent ventilation and acres of easily accessible green outdoor space where people can get a breath of fresh Yorkshire air between meetings. There is also plenty of free on-site parking and a complimentary shuttle bus from Harrogate train station for those who’ll be arriving by public transport.

The town of Harrogate is a gorgeous location with plenty of hotels and many great shops and restaurants to enjoy – the perfect place to combine business with pleasure and even to enjoy a short mini-break for those with a bit more time to spare.

BCTF Online 2022

10.3 million Brits were reported to be buying their crafts online, a number which has trebled over the past decade. BCTF Online – the pioneering digital exhibition which led the way for other trade events in our industry throughout the pandemic – will be helping to grow this market further with a follow-up show on 15-17 May. Watch this space for more details.

Images from top to bottom: Alexia Claire, Jenny Duff, Camber and Kernz, Mary Ann Rogers, The Studio, Inner Finn Ceramics, Amy Leigh, Francesca Stella, George Gold, Jenny Ulyatt, Louise Buchan, Twists Glass Studio, Scott’s Apothecary, Faye Stevens, Melina Xenaki.

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