greeting card from exhibitor at bctf

Take a Closer Look at The British Craft Trade Fair

Organisers of The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) have reported another sell out exhibition. Now in its 40th year (it was first established in 1974) BCTF is the oldest trade fair in the home and gift market. This year’s exhibition will take place on 6-8th April at The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. 

Margeret Bunn, principle fair organiser said, ‘BCTF is a joy to organise, and once we have all 500 exhibitors in place and the aisles cleared ready to open the doors to buyers I always feel very proud of our exhibitors and what we have achieved by pulling them altogether…so much talent; it takes your breath away! British made and British crafts are in demand, consumers recognise that more now and this has helped the fair hold its position and expand even during the past years of recession; I believe the future is bright for British crafts’

BCTF is promoted as a home and gift fair with a twist, with everything showcased made right here in the UK. This year will see organisers playing host to over 500 exhibitors, making it the largest ‘British only’ exhibition. The largest sector by far will be the jewellery section, creating a must-see attraction for independent jewellers, gift shops and lifestyle boutiques looking for the latest crafts, jewels and  accessories. 

Made in Britain

The ‘Made in Britain’ tag has been hugely significant to the greetings card and gift industries in the last few years and it’s one of the key foundations of the BCTF. Supporting and celebrating homegrown craftsmanship, organisers maintain strict standards for each exhibitor. All potential designers and makers vetted for high quality and unique design, with only British and Irish produced crafts are accepted.

This year’s British Craft Trade Fair  is supported by The Giftware Association (GA), The British Jewellery Association (BJA) and a number of trade publications. A series of awards will be distributed to exhibitors with guest judges and buyers invited to help the selection process. Fingers-crossed I will be able to showcase a few of the winners here on Card & Gift Network after the show.

Great Ambitions

If you’re interested in the crafts market, be sure to keep an eye on what the BCTF does next, they’ve set out a great agenda of future aims to see the craft industry go from strength to strength. Fair organisers are aiming to:

  • Push the boundaries of British high quality handmade crafts making them more desirable and accessible to retailers across the country.
  • Support creative businesses by offering advice and help on all aspects of supplying to trade.
  • Maintain a high standard of work that is on show at BCTF each year.
  • Expand the fair as it grows in popularity with buyers (the number of buyers attending the fair goes up each year).

Good luck to all exhibiting at BCTF, including the fabulous Miri who’s greetings cards are shown at the top of the post. We hope you have a successful show.

For more information on The British Craft Trade Fair visit their official website.