Gifts Today magazine

BCTF launches mentoring scheme

Show organiser is supporting new exhibitors with three year programme

The organiser of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF), PSM, is delighted to announce the introduction of an extended three-year mentoring programme for all new exhibitors, the Post Newcomer section for emerging artists.

The new scheme is heavily subsidised and participating exhibitors will get exceptional value for money, saving hundreds of pounds.
Year one of the programme comprises a dedicated Newcomers Gallery for companies which have not previously exhibited at a trade show and have been trading for under two years.

In year two, returning newcomers with limited trade experience and who have been trading under five years, have the option to exhibit within the ‘Post Newcomer section,’ a brand new feature area adjacent to the established Newcomers Gallery.

The mentoring continues into year three when the same companies are ready to join the other 400-plus established exhibitors at the BCTF.

BCTF CEO, Margeret Bunn, comments: ‘I have had it in mind for some time now to develop our mentoring programme so that fledgling companies coming into our industry have a support network over a three year period to help them settle into supplying trade orders. This programme allows designer-makers to grow their business, taking on board advice and comments they have received in previous years to develop new ranges and fine tune existing designs to supply trade. Although many makers can gain good orders in year one and two, we do know that year three tends to be the turning point to success, hence this new initiative.’

The new section is one of several new features that will be in place for BCTF, which will next take place on Sunday April 8 to Tuesday 10 April 2018.

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