Connect for exhibitors

Join Connect @ Autumn Fair today,
it’s how business gets done. 


Launching in September, Connect @ Autumn Fair is retail’s largest meetings programme ever, connecting all 600+ Autumn Fair exhibitors with 3,000+ buyers pre-show for 6,000+ high value meetings held during Autumn Fair.

The game-changing new meetings programme takes lead generation to whole new level, enabling you to make valuable new connections easily and efficiently, increasing your overall ROI from exhibiting.

Why should you join Connect @ Autumn Fair?

Search buyers, schedule meetings, save time

For the first time ever, you can view the profiles of 3,000+ buyers prior to Autumn Fair and see the types of products they’re searching for with the Connect @ Autumn Fair online platform. You’ll also be able to view their company information, including how many stores they own, where they’re based and their minimum order value. Each representative in your business can set up a profile on the platform and proactively request meetings with buyers at the show rather than leaving it to chance for them to find you.

All meetings are meaningful

Once you’ve found buyers which fit your criteria, you can request meetings with them. Buyers are also able to search for exhibitors and request meetings preshow. Whether meetings are with new buyers or existing customers, your time is used efficiently. All meetings are 15-minutes, are double opt-in (both parties want to meet each other) and based on individual availability. You’ll meet prospective customers and generate qualified leads whilst also re-engaging with existing contacts to identify new sales opportunities.

The perfect platform to launch new products

All meetings take place during the show on your stand. So, buyers can view, touch and ask questions about your products in person. With the meetings arranged pre-show, the initial fact finding is complete between buyers and exhibitors, allowing you to use your meeting time more effectively to launch and showcase your new products.

Why only 15-minute meetings?

Connect @ Autumn Fair is powered by the leading US meetings tech company behind ShopTalk and Groceryshop. Having completed 1000s of meetings, they’ve found that 15 minutes is the perfect amount of time.

Following each meeting you can easily download your meetings summary, including any notes and contact details from the Connect @ Autumn Fair platform. Leaving you well prepared for any follow up discussions.

How does Connect @ Autumn Fair work?

Every Autumn Fair exhibitor is automatically enrolled in Connect @ Autumn Fair (you’ll thank us later!). Connect @ Autumn Fair participants from your organisation will follow a simple process in the 4 weeks leading up to Autumn Fair to schedule and confirm meetings with buyers. When you’re at the show, the meetings take place on your stand – it’s that easy!

  • Complete your profile and tell us your availability.
  • View and select buyers and request to meet.
  • Opt into meeting requests you receive from buyers.
  • Accept your meetings.
  • 3-6 September 2023 – the meetings begin!

Join Connect @ Autumn Fair today

Exhibitors are looking forward to Connect

Watch the video to discover how Connect @ Autumn Fair will transform the way buyers and suppliers do business.


I’m an exhibitor, how do I take part in Connect @ Autumn Fair?  

Every Autumn Fair exhibitor is automatically enrolled in Connect @ Autumn Fair (you’ll thank us later!). You’ll follow a simple process in the 4 weeks leading up to Autumn Fair to schedule and confirm meetings with buyers who you want to meet, but also buyers who are interested in your products too. Then, when you’re at the show, you’ll have your meetings at your stand. 

Are there sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors? 

Yes, a limited number of Connect @ Autumn Fair sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact for more information. 

How long is each Connect @ Autumn Fair meetings? 

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. 

As an exhibitor, who can I meet through Connect @ Autumn Fair? 

Within the Connect @ Autumn Fair platform, you can request to meet with over 3,000 Autumn Fair buyers pre-show across Independent Gift Store/Boutiques, Home/Furniture Retailers, Lifestyle Stores, Garden Centres, Jewellery Stores, High St Fashion/Fashion Retailers, Department Stores, Discount Retailers, Toy/Children’s Gift Stores, Farm Shops, Supermarkets, Pharmacy/Chemists, Bookshops, Independent Fashion Boutiques, Wholesale/Distribution centres,, Interior Designers/Architecture, Hospitality, Importer/Exporters. 

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 speak to your Autumn Fair Account Manager or send an email to and a member of the team will be in touch shortly! 

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