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The Summerhouse, Autumn Fair’s curated collection of on-trend gift, interior, lighting and lifestyle brands, is to expand for the September show following investment from organisers ITE Group plc. The Summerhouse is the home of trend-led products, showcasing a range of well loved brands from Britain, Scandinavia and other global design hotspots. As the show sector expands, Autumn Fair is seeking nominations and recommendations for brands that will enrich The Summerhouse experience for


visitors, providing a stunning selection of the most exciting brands on the market. The Summerhouse is a


single destination for retail buyers to seek out daring and dazzling products including interior accessories, lighting, outdoor accessories, furniture and design-led gifts from top brands including Libra, Cozy Living, Nkuku, Jellycat, Hot Tomato and One World. Paria Mercer has been announced as the new Editor of The Summerhouse for Spring & Autumn Fair. Paria is responsible for the identification and selection of design led, contemporary,


brands that will grace the stands of The Summerhouse. She will lead the invitation only process that ensures the Summerhouse is constantly offering retailers unique and different choices to stock in store.


Paria joined Spring & Autumn Fair just under a decade ago. A Swedish background instilled a love for bold and brave design. Paria said: “I’m passionate about the curation of innovative brands that encourage retail buyers to take courageous and enlightened decisions. “The Summerhouse is undeniably an oasis of


It was confirmed in May that plastics straws, stirrers and cotton buds are to be banned in England from April next year.


Plastic straws and buds ban


Campaigners have welcomed the move, but warn it will only “scratch the surface” in tackling the damage that non-degradable waste is doing to the environment. Many are calling for businesses and retailers to do more to help tackle the growing threat of plastic pollution, with recent research from Ubamarket showing that 57 percent of Brits believe plastic pollution is the single greatest threat to life and the environment in modern history.


According to Ubamarket’s research nearly 43 million UK shoppers believe the level of plastic packaging on food and drink products needs to be changed drastically Despite younger generations being thought of as more environmentally concerned, those aged 55+ were significantly more concerned with plastic use on food and drink products, 90 percent of them stating the level was totally unnecessary and in need of immediate change. The survey also revealed that more than three quarters of Brits think that no matter how much they recycle, it is ultimately the manufactures and supermarkets that are causing the most plastic pollution.


specially selected exhibitors that will prove to be an inspiration for visitors – it’s the smartest way to discover what’s on-trend at Autumn Fair.


“We were fully


booked for Autumn Fair


this year, but the new investment has enabled us to expand and transform The Summerhouse experience for exhibitors and visitors alike, and we are sure all who attend will be bowled over by the revamp.”


Julie Driscoll, Managing Director of Autumn Fair, said: “The new investment and Paria’s expertise will push The Summerhouse to new heights. It’s always been a jewel in both Spring & Autumn Fair’s crown, and we are anticipating its most successful show ever at Autumn Fair 2019.” Exhibitors already confirmed for Autumn Fair include Jellycat, a brand that has created original and innovative soft toys in London since 1999. Jellycat combines luxurious fabrics with designs that are sometimes quirky,


sometimes cute, but always with a lit tle something different, that makes the products stand out from the crowd. Jellycat has a network of stockists across the UK, and now also supplies some of the finest retail shops, department stores and boutiques throughout


the


USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.


Hot Tomato is also confirmed for Autumn Fair, and brings beautiful and contemporary fashion accessories to retailers across the UK. The company


MARKET TRADER, JULY 19 - AUGUST 1, 2019 Autumn Fair’s ‘The Summerhouse’ transforms following investment


supplies products from its signature ‘Urban Vintage’ style through to drop-dead gorgeous classics, with an aim to always give its customers that extra edge.


Autumn Fair, the season’s most important marketplace for home and gift retail, is set to launch its new direction for 2019 and beyond this September at the Birmingham NEC. With plenty of new and bellwether exhibitors showcasing exclusive products, and new theatres and areas debuting for 2019, Autumn Fair will offer unrivalled sourcing and deal- making opportunities for retail’s boldest buyers. More than 22,000 visitors, and 1,300 exhibitors are expected to descend on the NEC for the show, representing the industry’s best opportunity for last minute stocking-up before the all-important Golden Quarter sales period and beyond for key buying points in 2020.


Autumn Fair runs from the 1st to 4th September 2019 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.


Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with several trader incentive schemes available!


Telephone 01527 534019 Email Market@Bromsgroveandredditch.Gov.Uk


www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/things-to-do/events-places-to- visit/places-to-visit/bromsgrove-market.aspx


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