An impressive line-up of top housewares and tabletop suppliers proved to be a big draw for buyers – including bigger numbers from overseas – at this month’s Exclusively Housewares.
The London show featured 28 new or returning companies out of its total of 123, and enjoyed a good turnout of buyers from across the whole retail spectrum of cookshops, mail order/internet, department stores, giftware stores, television shopping, grocery and hardware stores.
According to show director Simon Boyd: “The show also attracted more overseas visitors this year, above and beyond those whom we had targeted ourselves. Obviously word about the quality of our exhibitors is slowly but surely reaching beyond the UK – which is a real testament to the interest these suppliers generate amongst buyers.”
Meanwhile, for UK buyer Yossi Gliksman, director of Upstairs, Downstairs in Owestry, Exclusively Housewares is the key exhibition in the calendar.
“As a cookshop owner for the last 24 years, this has to be our main event of the year when it comes to housewares buying,” he said.
The show is organised by Brooke House Exhibitions and run on behalf of the housewares members of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association.
Next year’s Exclusively Housewares will run on June 7 and 8 and will once again be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.