Brands, Content, Speakers & Seminars: Welcome to Autumn Fair 2016.
Autumn Fair 2016 arrives this season with a stellar line-up of new brands, engaging content and a full line-up of inspirational seminars.
A trade favourite, Autumn Fair organisers, i2i Events Group, recently announced the event has been shortlisted for ‘Best Trade Show’ in this year’s Exhibition News (EN) Awards. The most hotly contested of all EN Awards, the nomination shows how Autumn Fair is seen as an industry-leading event.
This year’s show takes place once more at Birmingham’s NEC. Running from the 4th – 7th September, Autumn Fair is a trade highlight for the design and retail communities.
As in previous years Autumn Fair 2016 is jam packed. To give you a little taste of what’s to come, here are a few of the main highlights you can expect to see.
New Products from Established & New Brands
As always Autumn Fair 2016 is first about the exhibitors and the new products they will be launching. Across 12 show sectors organisers will play host to 1,400+ brands in total; a mix of established, exclusive and first timers.
Returning brands for Autumn Fair 2016 include: Pacific Lifestyle, Light & Living, Sophie Allport, Suck UK , Pad Home, Widdop & Co and The Straits Trading Co to name just a few.
With these well-known brands there will also be a number of companies showing for the first time. Hubsch, Lafinesse, Alex Max, Sophie Oliver Jewellery, Ginger Ray, Lavishy and The Little Posy Print Company, are just some of the new names to look out for.
Keen to remain fresh and exciting Autumn Fair 2016 will also welcome a host of exclusive exhibitors. Across the 12 show sectors, 200+ brands have said that Autumn Fair will be their only trade show appearance.
Jo Malone MBE will lead the line-up of speakers with a keynote delivery on Monday 5th September.
Described as an ‘English scent maverick’, Jo discovered a talent for creating handmade scented products in her kitchen. Her first brand, Jo Malone London launched in 1995 and quickly gained cult status around the world. Jo sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies in 1999 and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006.
In 2008, Jo was honoured with an MBE for her services to the beauty industry. Her passion for fragrance never ceased and in 2011, Jo launched her new fragrance brand JO LOVES; bottling her desire to create beautiful, pioneering new products.
Commenting on her event at Autumn Fair 2016, Jo Malone said:
‘I’m looking forward to sharing my brand building story; the highs and lows of starting all over again and how I intend to change the fragrance industry for a second time through creativity and innovation!’
To enhance the buying experience at Autumn Fair 2016, visitors can take part in a number of free seminars. Held in the E-Commerce Theatre, these forums will discuss a variety of key topics around online trading.
Speakers include: Niall Hanlon (Facebook), Catherine Bennett (Twitter), Lisa White (WGSN), Lisa Cooney (One World Trading Company), Jeremy Corner (Blue Eyed Sun), Karl Wilson (Select Homeware) and Mette Downer (The Great Gift Company) to name just a few. Rounding up the programme will be retailers, Chris Fox (Wishes of Cudworth) and Claire Rose (Miss Claire Rose) and interiors blogger Jen Stanbrook of Love Chic Living.
The free seminar content will cover a variety of E-Commerce topics:
- How to stay ahead online – Mette Downer,
- Making SEO work for your business – Amy Hobson
- Choosing the perfect e-commerce platform for your business – Hans Ziebeck
- From bricks and mortar to e-commerce’ – Lisa Cooney
… and lots more.
Commenting on her seminar, Jen Stanbrook said:
‘I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences, methods and strategies on how to harness the game-changing power of Pinterest and how ultimately, this can play a major role in boosting traffic, engagement and sales for any business in any sector.’
Meet the Experts Clinics
New for Autumn Fair this year is ‘Meet The Experts’; a line-up of industry names hosting one-on-one retail clinics. These sessions will offer visitors the chance to speak directly to experts about retail challenges they face in their businesses. I took part in similar clinics at this year’s Spring Fair (providing advice on blogging for retail) and found it to be a unique chance for visitors to gain personal advice that money can’t buy.
Alongside the exhibition stands Autumn Fair 2016 will also host a daily catwalk show. These much-loved live events give visitors the chance to spot the latest in-demand trends. The shows also allow retailers to hear from experts through a series of informative seminars.
Reinforcing its position as a networking hub, Autumn Fair 2016 organisers will build on their partnership with trade associations; bira (The British Independent Retailers Association) and BHETA (Behavioral Health Education & Training Academy).
Taking a new approach, the show will create a dedicated area for bira and BHETA members. The new area will sit in Hall 3 and be called the ‘bira Contemporary Collective’. The area will showcase their members in an inspiring new format, which will feature a hospitality area, the ‘bira bistro’. BHETA members will also be present, ensuring the area is an important hub for retailers.
Visiting Autumn Fair 2016
Autumn Fair 2016 takes place this weekend, from 4th – 7th September; Volume Halls open a day earlier on Saturday 3rd of September. For more information and to register for your ticket please visit the Autumn Fair website.