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Improvements in the UK housing market continue to benefit the furniture and home interiors market which have both seen a welcome ‘bounce back’. A general

upswing in retail markets also helped generate a positive atmosphere at the September trade shows including Autumn Fair where organisers said attendance was up on last year. Portfolio director, Nick Davison

said: “I am proud to have led a strong edition of Autumn Fair which has never been more relevant to the evolving retail industry.” Exciting plans to

introduce The Light Show at Autumn Fair 2015, in partnership with the Lighting Industry Association (LIA), have been announced and will mean a dedicated lighting show within the decorative sector. Peter Hunt, chief operating officer

of the LIA said: “It has been a challenge to find a suitable

More not Less

Generous staff at Dartford based, Lesser and Pavey have been stepping out for charity. In July (left to right) Tia, Amanda, Diane, Alison and Charlie took part in Race for Live to raise money for Cancer Research. They walked 10k raising a magnificent £1,204. And the girls were at it again in September at the Moonlight Walk for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospital. The girls raised £410 doing the midnight walk – participants were Charlie Bansfield, Amanda Watson, Sarah Richardson and Diane Stannard.

10 Giftware & Home Review November / December 2014

Retail news, views and gossip

Buoyant furniture and home interiors market

replacement for the Lighting at Interiors show in January after organisers withdrew the show at the NEC earlier this year. The LIA is convinced of the opportunity provided by the organisers of Autumn Fair.”

Over the

past two years the show has

seen a major growth in Home Interiors, Furniture and Lighting companies which has attracted major buyers. Another development at the show

saw the Minister of State for Trade & Investment, Lord Livingstone launch a new e-export programme. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) helps UK-based companies succeed in a the global economy. Lord Livingston said: “The

UK leads the world in cross- border online sales but there is still much more we can do to help British business seize

this huge opportunity with forecasts of three billion online consumers in just three years (see Page 5). Autumn Fair 2015 takes place at the NEC from September 6-9.

TV spotlight for Heyland & Whittle

Expect exciting home interior products at the January Furniture Show

Show time

TOP DRAWER, HOME, CRAFT Olympia, London January 11-13

HARROGATE CHRISTMAS AND GIFT Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, January 11-14

A masterclass in retailing captivated viewers on TV’s The Apprentice which focused the spotlight on Heyland & Whittle when candidates were asked to create home fragrance products. The teams used the Heyland & Whittle factory premises - great news for the company which made the most of social media to publicise the event. There was also valuable publicity for Heaven Sends with its popular wooden signs clearly visible behind a shop counter. There was yet more of a buzz for

Beefayre when its products were also spotted in another shop. Viewers were treated to a birdseye

view of retailing on the highstreet and all its complexities.

GIVING AND LIVING Exeter, Westpoint Exhibition Centre, January 11-14

JANUARY FURNITURE SHOW NEC, Birmingham, January 13-15


SHOWCASE IRELAND Dublin, RDS, January 18-21

TOY FAIR Olympia, London January 20-22


More Home products

More home interiors products were to be found at trade shows this Autumn including the new edition of Home which ran alongside the largest Top Drawer held in London for many years. Organisers said the event was a

resounding success with more than 800 exhibitors across the two shows. New initiatives included Retail Masterclasses which were packed out throughout the show and full of vital advice for today’s retailers. About 80 per cent of Top Drawer exhibitors were exclusive to the show across four main categories – Gift, Fashion, Children’s and Stationery and Greetings. The next edition of Home and Top Drawer will include the Craft show to be held at Olympia January 11-13.

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