This year’s Exclusively Housewares show, which took place on June 10 and 11 June in London, has been declared ‘a tremendous success’ by show organiser Brooke House Exhibitions.
The event, which is run on behalf of the housewares members of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), marked its 13th outing this year. William Jones, housewares sector director at BHETA, said: “The feedback from BHETA members who exhibited at the show has been extremely positive, with many commenting on the quality of the visitors through to the general organisation of the event.”
Show director Simon Boyd explained: “We spend a great deal of time and effort to ensure the right calibre of buyers attend the show for our exhibitors. Once we’ve researched and invited them, we want our visitors to feel welcome and looked after, and we know our exhibitors work very hard at their part in creating a great and worthwhile show for buyers to attend.”
The show was visited by senior buyers from across the industry including supermarkets Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose; leading independent cookshops, gift and lifestyle stores such as Abraxas, Colanders, Dinghams, Divertimenti, FTB Lawson, Gill Wing, Hart & Sons, Kitchen Kapers, Kitchen Sync, Kitchens, Loose’s, Plate Tableware, Rossiters of Bath, Snape Maltings, Steamer Trading, The Billericay Cookshop, Trevor Mottram and Upstairs Downstairs; multiple lifestyle stores/mail order and internet/TV retailers (Achica, Amazon, Coopers of Stortford, Daylesford Organic, Ideal Shopping Direct, QVC, Scotts & Co, Selfridges, Shop Direct), department and variety stores (Arnotts, Bentalls, BHS, Brown Thomas, Debenhams, Dunelm, Fenwick, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Heals, House of Fraser, Jarrolds, John Lewis, Lakeland, Leekes, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, The Range, Wilkinsons), garden centres (Bents, Blue Diamond, Dobbies, Frosts, Garden & Leisure Group, Garsons, Ingatestone, Ruxley Manor, Squires, Sunshine), leading wholesalers (Costco, Decco, JEGS Electrical, Makro, Stax) and leading hardware stores such as Haskins, Home Hardware, Homebase, Merlin Mica Hardware, Robert Dyas, Taskers and Trago Mills.
In addition, a party of guest international retailers attended, representing distributors, leading department stores and specialist housewares/cookshop retailers from Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
This year the show team introduced ‘speed dating’ into its annual welcome drink reception for international buyers, which was well received. “Our exhibitor export agents were given the opportunity to have five minutes with each of our represented overseas companies. It really does help to put a face to the name before you meet on the show floor, and be upfront about what you are looking for,” commented Simon Boyd.
He concluded: “We’re delighted with the quality of our visitors this year. We want the show to go from strength to strength and continue to attract the very best buyers in the marketplace.”
Next year will see the launch of Exclusively Electrical, a show dedicated to small domestic appliance suppliers and their customers, which will run alongside Exclusively Housewares. The 2015 Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical shows will run at the Business Design Centre in London on Tuesday June 9 and Wednesday June 10.