After wrapping up last week’s Exclusively Housewares, the trade show’s organising team is already looking ahead to 2014, with just over a third of space already sold.
“As always, we end one show full of ideas for the next, but overall the reaction from exhibitors and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive for this year’s show,” said show director Simon Boyd of Brooke House Exhibitions.
He noted that three first-time exhibitors at the London event, which was held from June 11-12 at the Business Design Centre, have rebooked for 2014. The trio are Whitbread Wilkinson, MAKE International and Gimi.
Other companies that have rebooked include: Curver UK, David Mason Design, Elia International, Elite Gift Boxes, Epicurean Europe, GEH, Green Pioneer, Hahn Cookware, Hostess, Imperial International, Joseph Joseph, JWP, Le Chateau Textiles, Le Creuset, Mastrad, Metaltex, Neat Ideas, Nordic Ware, Pendeford Housewares, Ready Steady Cook, Sabichi Homewares, Scott Brothers, simplehuman, T&G, Taylors Eye Witness, The DRH Collection, Wesco (UK), Western House and WMF United Kingdom.
In addition, Jeremy Horwood, sales director of Horwood Homewares, said: “After several years’ absence we decided it was time to make our come-back, and use Exclusively Housewares as a platform to show our latest new products. We also used the show to put together a promotional programme of offers on the stand and were delighted with the results. We will definitely be back next year.”
David Barbour, national sales manager for Premier Housewares, commented: “Exclusively Housewares has become a very important UK show for us in terms of meeting the most important buyers and showcasing our new products to the trade. This year proved just as good, if not better, with increased traffic to the stand created by the SORTED launch.”
Retailers of all types and sizes visited, plus licensors, wholesalers and distributors. “Interest from overseas continues to grow, and our campaign to attract more gift retailers got off to a good start,” said Simon.
His view was echoed by Richard Gilbert, managing director of Gilberts Food Equipment and a long- standing exhibitor. He said: “Exclusively Housewares is our most important show of the year and it did not disappoint, with the high quality of visitors balanced with excellent footfall on both days.”
Will Jones, BHETA housewares director of BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) added: “Another excellent show, with many BHETA members reporting a good cross-section of independents and multiple retailers visiting their stands. The continuing focus on an increasing number of international visitors also resulted in a number of export opportunities being identified.”
In conclusion, Simon said, “We’ll be gathering more feedback from visitors and exhibitors over the coming weeks, and we’ll review all aspects of the show while it is still fresh in everyone’s mind.
“Obviously the impact for many of our exhibitors is not felt for several weeks or months, but we hope that the contacts made and conversations held at the show will be positive for everyone concerned.”
The 2014 Exclusively Housewares show will take place at the Business Design Centre in London on Tuesday June 10 and Wednesday June 11.