Spring Fair closed on a high with buoyant feedback highlighting the variety and diversity of retailers in attendance creating a very optimistic outlook for the industry as international buyers and normality returns and cross-buying opportunities create newness and excitement on the show floor.
Nicola Meadows, portfolio director of Spring Fair, said: “The atmosphere has genuinely been magical over the last four days. The stories we’ve heard from our fantastic visitors and exhibitors has highlighted what an awe-inspiring, diverse, inspirational, collaborative, and friendly community Spring Fair offers. The scale of business being done across all our Gift, Home and Fashion sectors underpins the value of incorporating so much variety and cross-buying opportunities. It is incredible to hear about so many life-changing connections and micro-communities being developed.”
Thousands of independents retailers, online stores, multiples, department stores, lifestyle boutiques, garden centres, pharmacies, florists, museums, destination stores, convenience stores, supermarkets and many more including Very Group, Debenhams, Harrods, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Next, Argos, Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda, Hello Fresh, Natural History Museum, TK Maxx, Funky Pigeon, John Lewis, Scribbler, Fenwick, Blue Diamond, Hallmark, Dobbies, Poundsaver, Quiz Clothing, Dunelm, Deichmann, Science Museum, Waterstones, TruffleShuffle, WHSmith, Wowcher, Soletrader, Poundland, Paramount, HMV, Boots, QVC, V&A, and Harvey Nichols visited during the four day show at NEC Birmingham.
Karen Wright, director of Honeysuckle and winner of the £1000 gift voucher to spend at Spring Fair, said: “Spring Fair was great and very inspirational, showcasing a good homeware and lifestyle collection which is exactly what we were looking for. We got what we needed to move our range forward for spring, as well as getting stock for Christmas 2023 with new ideas for themes to recreate at our store. We will now be able to freshen up our shops and show fresh new trends. There was a great selection of suppliers and a great opportunity to see stock and pull together ranges. Over the two days we attended we saw trends and got great ideas for future displays which was a bonus. Spring Fair brings suppliers and retailers together, there is nothing like seeing products in person. The best bit for us was winning the £1000 gift voucher we spent with Coach House, which has really helped us out.”
Catherine Morgan from The Little Gift House, Bebington The Wirral, added: “I have been coming to Spring Fair for the last 13 years, as my business has been running for 12 years and I couldn’t be without it. It is the most inspirational gift show which is centrally located in the UK and accessible whether you come by train, car even if you come by plane. It is such a wonderful place to source ideas and to find new suppliers and just generally get fantastic ideas for your shop and products as well.”