#SBS Small Business Sunday, the online business community founded by retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, will again team up with Autumn Fair for 2020, following successful partnerships with the show in 2018 and 2019.
As part of the partnership, 12 members of the #SBS community will be offered free stands at the trade exhibition, which will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from September 6 to September 9.
Between now and May 1, #SBS’ 3,000 members will all be offered a chance to enter the competition, with the winners being judged on their uniqueness of product, innovative contributions to retail and viability of business plan. The winners will be selected in June by a panel from Autumn Fair organiser Hyve Group.
At the show, the #SBS exhibitors will take centre stage at the Fair and gain access to tens of thousands of visitors and buyers who are expected to attend, ready to order products ahead of the busiest retail period of the year: the Golden Quarter.
Theo Paphitis said: “#SBS is delighted to partner with Autumn Fair once again and offer another 12 #SBS winners a free stand at the event in September. The previous winners have all reaped huge rewards from the experience – whether through new contacts, suppliers, orders, new directions or collaborations – and I’m sure this year will be no different.”
Autumn Fair event director Jessica Dawnay added: “Offering something different and innovative is what Autumn Fair is all about and the #SBS community is, without fail, always a rich source of interesting and unique design-led products.
“So we’re really excited to be partnering with Theo and his amazing team again to deliver what is a unique opportunity for 12 bold indies to put their products before some of the UK’s most influential buyers.
“I would really encourage each and every member of the #SBS community to apply and get involved. It’s an amazing opportunity to secure interest and orders from customers who could transform your business.”
Theo Paphitis at Autumn Fair 2018