Miserable weather failed to prevent the housewares industry from turning out in force for the first day of Exclusively Housewares today.
Organiser Simon Boyd reported on Tuesday lunchtime that first-morning visitor numbers at the London show were on a par with last year, with a small increase in the number of overseas visitors.
“This show is about quality, not quantity,” Boyd told HousewaresLive.net – and to prove the point, he added that Lakeland buying director Matthew Canwell had been waiting outside the door five minutes before the show opened.
As in 2011, the Business Design Centre in Islington was sold out months before the show, with a total of 124 exhibitors occupying all the available space. And exhibitors reported brisk business.
“We’ve seen some good buyers – actually, we’ve seen some very good buyers indeed,” one of them told HousewaresLive.net.
Exclusively Housewares runs today and tomorrow at Islington’s Business Design Centre.