Gifts Today magazine

All set for Spring Fair

The UK’s largest and number one home and gift marketplace is back from 3-7 February 2019, offering unrivalled scale, variety and choice for retail buyers

Spring Fair will inject a fresh and vibrant flair into retailers’ 2019, offering buyers and industry professionals a first look at the hottest and most desirable new items on the market. This year’s event is set to see more deals done and relationships forged than ever before, with thousands of exhibitors and 56,000 trade professionals expected through the doors.

As a hub for some of the UK’s most innovative, inspiring and intriguing designers, manufacturers and craftspeople, Spring Fair will offer visitors the chance to source the ideal products to drive sales throughout 2019, including gifting periods such as Mother’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day and, of course, Christmas.

Louise Young, Spring Fair’s managing director, said: ‘Visitors to Spring Fair will have unmatched access to the newest products and trends taking hold in 2019, across our 16 carefully edited show sectors. As always, we’ll be bringing together the most innovative products and the creative thinking of the trade, to have a real impact on the financial success of both retailers and exhibitors.’

Here are just some of the reasons to visit:

New, new, new

Across all of the show’s 16 sectors, Spring Fair will be welcoming hundreds of new exhibitors, and 1000s of products and ranges. In the Gift sector, Gala World of Candles will be making their debut at Spring Fair, joining a number of the event’s most popular exhibitors including, Straits Trading Co. and PMC, Puckator Ltd, Widdop & Co, Something Different Wholesale, Joe Davies and many more.

The ‘First’ initiative across a number of show sectors is set to offer up-and-coming and pioneering brands the opportunity to showcase their products at the largest and ever encompassing sourcing marketplace for Home & Gift. Look out for DesignFirst, TasteFirst, ToysFirst and NurseryFirst.

Debut Area
In its successful third year running, the ‘Debut Area’ in Greetings & Gift will offer visitors fresh, contemporary greeting cards from new publisher members of The Greeting Card Association, making it easier to locate unique and innovative new designs.

Spring Fair 2019 will bring together the largest collection of fashion accessories and luggage exhibitors in the UK. Exhibitor newcomers will feature in the FashionFirst showcase, where fresh brands will profile their diverse and unique offerings that set them apart from competitors.

The return of Glee
The popular Glee showcase will be back for the 2019 event, allowing garden retailers the chance to re-stock after the busy Christmas and New Year period, and prepare for the upcoming Mother’s and Father’s Days.

Christmas Gifts, Floral & Seasonal Decoration
Spanning across Halls 2 and 3, this showcase will offer an even larger selection this year welcoming new suppliers like Hogewoning, DIJK Natural Collection and Mercer Agencies alongside buyers’ favourite such as Premier Decorations, Festive Productions and Sincere.

SF Product Match
Following on from the success of Autumn Fair 2018’s Product Match app, which helped visitors find and locate the best suppliers for their business, Spring Fair will see the launch of a newly improved and updated version.

Who can attendees look forward to meeting?
Spring Fair will this year play host to a number of exciting theatre and workshop spaces each delivering their own unique and dedicated area of retail insight. Each individual stage will deliver a myriad of speakers and workshops, affording attendees some excellent opportunities for networking and connecting with potential buyers or suppliers. Organisations confirmed to speak on the main stage include, Louis Vuitton, Wrendale, Pinterest, The V&A and The Colour Hive. Speakers on the Studio Stage include, designer Rachel Galley, Simon Forrester, Chairman, National Association of Jewellers, Paola de Luca, Trend Spotter and Futurist, Simon Rainer, MD, IIDGR, Jane Bellman, Founder, Unique style Platform.

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