Where does all the time go! Time has absolutely flown since we were last at the NEC and our sights are firmly set on Autumn Fair, which opens from 3-6 September. Home & Giftware magazine will be making our annual pilgrimage to the show, where we can’t wait to see the latest product launches from exhibitors and discover the latest trends at the seminar theatre.
Over 600 exhibitors are lined up to participate across sectors that include Home, Living & Decor, Everyday and The Summerhouse under the ‘Home’ banner; Gift, Beauty & Wellbeing, Greetings & Stationery and Kids, Toys & Play under the ‘Gift’ umbrella and – at fashion event, MODA, – you can find Fashion Accessories, Footwear, Clothing and Jewellery & Watch.
This is the perfect opportunity for buyers to top up stock and make last minute orders in time for retail’s busiest and most profitable time of year. Offering a treasure trove of new ideas and new trends just waiting to be discovered and displayed in shops, garden centres, showrooms, or e-commerce platforms, Autumn Fair is the place to touch, feel, and experience what’s new and innovative across the trade.
This year’s event will mark the debut of the show organiser’s hotly touted Connect meetings programme at Autumn Fair, designed to help buyers find products and brands their customers will love in the most efficient way, and for Autumn Fair exhibitors to create leads, orders and opportunities in an efficient and effective way that aims to optimise their ROI from the event.
Over 3,000 buyers have signed up to participate in pre-scheduled meetings via Connect @ Autumn Fair, where over 10,000 meetings are scheduled to take place. Participating retailers get pre-show access to detailed profiles of all Autumn Fair exhibitors, including product details, minimum order requirements, any discounts and promotions they’re offering and more.
Retailers taking part in Connect @ Autumn Fair have been able to pre-schedule meetings where there’s a mutual interest in meeting onsite, limited only by availability. VIP Lounge access with complimentary refreshments are also part of the package, which is entirely free for all participating buyers.
Leading retailers including Aldi UK, John Lewis, B&M, Boyes Stores, Marks & Spencer, British Garden Centres, Card Factory, Dobbies Garden Centre, Harrods, Holland & Barrett, JoJo Maman Bébé, Matalan, New Look, Next, Sainsburys, Squire’s Garden Centre, The Works, Toys R Us, TJX, Dunelm, Homebase, Home Bargains and many more, have joined the new connections programme
Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director, Hyve Group says, “Buyers love Autumn Fair as it’s perfectly timed and offers such an inspirational line-up of new products, innovation and creativity which always elevates a retailers offer. This season we are looking forward to welcoming so many of our much-loved established brands as well some of the most exciting newcomers. The diversity and quality of products on offer is second to none, and special features such as the New Product Showcase and Gift Of The Year Showcase champion some of the best in show.
With the biggest names in retail due to attend, from world-famous department stores and high street shops to independent boutiques, we’re excited to facilitate so many new connections for our exhibitors.”
New Product Showcase
Autumn Fair’s much-loved feature, the New Product Showcase returns and for 2023 the big focus is on supporting all the new home, gift and fashion brands joining the Autumn Fair line-up. Buyers on the hunt for newness will see a curated display of over 50 new exhibitors showcasing over 100 exciting new products as well as the latest products from established favourites and some exciting new designs from returning brands, all situated in the heart of the Gift sector in Hall 6.
Autumn Fair also continues its partnership with Gift Of The Year and will be shining a spotlight on the winners of this year’s competition.
Featured: Top – Marina B Designs; Grid – Blooms by Samuel Bloom Candles, Bronte by Moon, Bubblegum Stuff, Chalk Hound, Dutch Imports, EcoRascals, Heathcote & Ivyory, Hill Interiors, Merry People, Nicole Elders, Richard Lang, SUCK UK, Susel & Co., The Seed Card Company, Waxkind, Wild Olive, The Eco-Friendly Card Co..