Connect as a buyer 

Discover new brands and products your customers will love quickly and easily.


Registration is now open for Autumn Fair 2023! This year we’re making history, and you can be part of it as we launch retail’s largest meetings programme ever Connect @ Autumn Fair. We’re transforming the way you do business, making your buying experience more effective and efficient than ever before.

Why should you join Connect @ Autumn Fair?

Find the right brands in a flash

For the first time, you’ll be able to view detailed information on all 600+ exhibitors at Autumn Fair prior to the show. This means you’ll be able to search and filter exhibitors based on specific criteria that’s important to your own business and also theirs. For example, you could search for exhibitors offering LGBTQ+ cards that are FCS certified with a minimum order value of £50 or less.

Prebook meetings and save time

Once you’ve found the right exhibitors on the Connect @ Autumn Fair platform, you can request meetings with them at Autumn Fair. Participate in as many double opt-in, 15-minute speed date meetings as you’d like, limited only by your availability and mutual interest. This will allow you to manage your time efficiently at the show, so you can prioritise your meetings and spend the rest of the day browsing the aisles.

Experience new products in person

All Connect @ Autumn Fair meetings take place during the show on exhibitor stands, so you can view, touch and ask questions about their full collection and product ranges in person. Simply schedule your meetings and head over to their stand to start connecting.

Connect @ Autumn Fair is free for buyers

Connect @ Autumn Fair is completely free for buyers to use and there is no minimum meeting requirement. But it also isn’t mandatory. You can still shop the show and walk the aisles as normal. However, joining the Connect platform, searching exhibitors based on your requirements and pre-booking meetings will undoubtedly enhance your time at the show.


New for 2023, we have on-time and late registration. On-time registration ensures that retailers get to participate in Connect @ Autumn Fair. Late registration (after 11th August) means you will not be able to participate in Connect @ Autumn Fair and will incur a £25 fee. 
We want EVERYONE to get a free ticket...simply register on or before 11th August.

Get your free ticket

To join Connect @ Autumn Fair, your first step is to register for your FREE ticket to Autumn Fair. You’ll then receive your log in for the Connect platform so you can start finding new brands.


Buyers are looking forward to Connect

We asked buyers at Spring Fair 2023 what they’re most looking forward to when our game-changing programme, Connect @ Autumn Fair launches in September.


As a buyer, who can I meet through Connect @ Autumn Fair?

You’ll meet everyone you need to meet! All 600+ Autumn Fair exhibitors are available to meet with Connect @ Autumn Fair across home, gift and fashion, representing thousands of new and established brands and tens of thousands of products that can inspire and delight your customers.

After creating your profile in the Connect @ Autumn Fair platform, you can browse and search for products and suppliers across home, gift, fashion and sourcing pre-show and request to meet. Pre-scheduled meetings with exhibitors means using your time more efficiently at the show and helping you do your buying more effectively!

How long is each Connect @ Autumn Fair meeting?

Each Connect @ Autumn Fair meeting is 15 minutes long. All meetings are double opt-in, meaning both parties have agreed to meet. Buyers participate in as many double opt-in 15 minute speed date meetings as they’d like, up to 48 – limited only by availability and mutual interest. Need more than 15 minutes? Simply arrange a follow-up meeting at or after the show.

How do I take part in Connect @ Autumn Fair?

Your first step is to register for your FREE ticket to Autumn Fair. Be an early bird and get your free ticket before the deadline, after which there may a charge. But don’t worry, we’ll let you know when the deadline is.

The 4 weeks running up to Autumn Fair is when you start planning your visit. Simply create your profile on the Connect @ Autumn Fair platform (we’ll email you when it’s time to do this!), browse and look up exhibitors you want to meet at Autumn Fair, schedule meetings based on your availability and accept meetings from exhibitors. 

I still have a question about Connect @ Autumn Fair, who can I speak to?

For more information on Connect @ Autumn Fair which isn’t answered in the above, simply send an email to and a member of the team will be in touch shortly!

Do I have to take part ?

Connect @ Autumn Fair isn’t mandatory for buyers to take part, however joining the platform, searching exhibitors based on your particular requirements and pre-booking in meetings will undoubtedly enhance your time at the show.

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