In view of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BHETA board has re-scheduled the Exclusively Show 2021 to Tuesday and Wednesday 24th and 25th August 2021.
Will Jones, Chief Operating Officer of BHETA and Chair of Exclusively said, “The health and well-being of all Exclusively attendees is of paramount importance. We consulted with our exhibitors and visitors and there is a genuine desire for the show to go ahead, but at the right time and in the right place. and there was strong support for a move to August.
“The Business Design Centre has an existing very well organised set of health and wellbeing protocols and we will confirm them to all stakeholders in the lead up to the Exclusively Show.
“Moving the date provides an opportunity for the industry to gain more confidence as the vaccination programme gathers momentum, and the timing fits with the Autumn buying season. The speed of the vaccine roll-out has given us genuine belief that by August the UK will be back to some form of normality – the pace of the roll-out is continuing to rise and we expect, based on todays’ numbers, that by showtime a majority of UK adults will have had two vaccine shots; and our industry will be able to move forward”.
BHETA President Alistair Fisher, who is also MD of Exclusively exhibitor Taylor’s Eye Witness said, “The industry is hungry for a show and the extra time until August should allow the vaccine roll-out to really make a difference to the confidence of the nation. I am looking forward to what will most likely be the first industry show for 18 months, and to welcoming buyers to our stand.”
The Exclusively Show regularly has over 130 companies and 300 brands participating, representing all the key product categories in the housewares sector and many big brand names are part of the show. Retail visitor interest has been increasing over the past few years, a testimony Exclusively’s ability to evolve. Tried and tested features such as Trend Displays, Trend Talks and The Brand Showcase, aimed at media visitors, will remain features of the Exclusively Show in 2021.