2-5 September 2018

Volume Opens 1 Sep

NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK

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2-5 September 2018

 

2-5 September 2018

Volume Opens 1 Sep

NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT, UK

Opening Times | Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun to Tues 09:00-18:00, Wed 09:00-16:00

Visit FAQs

AUTUMN FAIR


 

WHAT IS AUTUMN FAIR?

Autumn Fair is the season’s number one wholesale home and gift trade event, welcoming more than 26,000 visitors through the doors of Birmingham NEC to trade with 1,400 exhibitors over the course of 5 days.

WHAT IS A TRADESHOW?

What is a tradeshow?

At a tradeshow exhibitors offer their products at wholesale cost to visitors. This means that products are sold in bulk and at a lower price than the RRP. Visitors (retailers) are then able to sell those products in their stores directly to the customer.

In the case of Autumn Fair, exhibitors are often companies that manufacture their own gift and home products and visitors often own or work at independent retail stores, multiples, department stores or online stores.

Why go to a tradeshow?

A tradeshow offers exhibitors the opportunity to display their products to a large audience over a short period of time, to take wholesale orders at the show, and to build industry contacts and leads for future sales.

A tradeshow offers visitors the opportunity to meet their existing suppliers, discover new exhibitors and products and to place orders at the show or at a later date.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO SEE AT THE SHOW?

Wholesale Trading

At Autumn Fair there will be 1,400 exhibitor stands located through the NEC’s  halls, they will be grouped together in their appropriate sectors.

Each business owns a stand and will use this to displays their products as they choose.

Our 26,000 visitors enter the arenas and walk around to trade and do business with exhibitors whose products they like.

Keynote speeches, seminars and one-to-one business advice

Visitors can attend seminars from successful names in the industry and there will be opportunities advertised to receive some one-to-one business advice from these industry leaders. All seminars are free of charge and based on a first come first serve basis. 

The only exception may be if we are running specific workshops, as these spaces are limited. 
Once those wishing to attend have registered for the exhibition they will also be required to book a slot, via the show website, for their workshop of choice. 

WHAT IS THE VOLUME HALL SECTOR?

The Volume Sector/Hall is a destination for volume and bulk wholesale gift and home products. There are many categories of product in the Volume Sector including day-to-day household items, outdoor activity products, and baby care.

The Volume Hall will open a day early, on the 2nd September 2017, ahead of the official show opening of all other sectors on the 3rd September 2017. 

 

VISITORS & REGISTRATION


 

WHO CAN ATTEND?

The Autumn Fair is a trade fair,  therefore it is not open to members of the general public. The show is specific to traders.

You are eligible to attend if you have buying and purchasing responsibilities or control spend. Independent retail stores, multiples, department stores, online businesses, mail order companies, supermarkets, distributors, importers, wholesalers, multi-channel retailers or those looking to start a retail business (in the next 12 months) are all suitable visitors to Autumn Fair.

HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR THE SHOW?

You can register for your free ticket by filling in this online registration form.

If you are Press, please complete the 'Press Pass form' instead, this can be accessed here.

 

I AM A STUDENT, AM I ABLE TO ATTEND THE SHOW?

Students of Undergraduate level and above (individuals and groups) on relevant courses of study are welcome to attend the show, but will not be permitted to trade. Students will be asked to show an NUS Identity card or equivalent student identity. Please register via the normal registration process, ensuring to select yourself as a student. 

CAN I BRING CHILDREN?

We advise that children under 16 do not attend the event as this is a trade only, and there are no crèche facilities available.

If you are attending with a child, and they are under the age of 16 years, they will require a Child's entry badge– these can only be picked up on site, from the registration desks in the main entrance.

Anyone over the age of 16 will be required to register for the event via the normal process.

IS THE SHOW FREE TO ATTEND?

Entry is free to all trade visitors (or those looking to open a new business in the next 12 months) who  register in advance. Entry on the day without pre-registration or a badge is £30.00.

CAN I REGISTER ON ARRIVAL AT THE SHOW?

Yes, you may register on arrival to the show. However, please note that there is an 'on the day' registration and entry fee of £30.00 to do so. We do advise that all visitors take the opportunity to pre-register via the show website. 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY ENTRY BADGE?

Post: If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your entry badge will arrive within the two week run up the show open. However, if you do not receive your entry badge by post you can still print a copy as it is attached in your confirmation email (this will have been received on completion of registration to attend the show).

Email: If you opted to go green you can print your e-badge at the end of registration, or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your ticket, don’t worry – just show us your confirmation email at the registration desk on arrival to the show.

CAN I EDIT MY REGISTRATION DETAILS?

If you wish to edit your registration details, please go to your confirmation email where there is an option to 'edit details'.

NB: The option of having your entry badge posted cannot be changed in the 2 week run up to the show open days, as badges will have already been posted.

IS MY SHOW REGISTRATION DATE SPECIFIC?

Registration for the show is non-date specific. Once you have registered and have printed your ticket you are able to attend the show on any of the show open days and as many times as you wish.

WHERE DOES MY VISITOR TICKET ALLOW ME ACCESS TO?

Your ticket allows you access to the whole show unless stated otherwise. For example, if your badge states ‘Press’ you will have access to the show Press Lounge.

WHAT IF I HAVE FORGOTTEN MY TICKET WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE SHOW?

Please go to the Registration desks and they will print your ticket for you. Please have a form of ID with you as you may be asked for proof of company name as the show is only open to trade visitors. ID can be in the form of a business card.

 

VISITOR ZONE


 

What is the visitor zone?

Login to the visitor zone on Autumn Fair and you will be able to:

  • Save your favourites
  • Print your favourites
  • Email your favourites
  • Discover new favourites

Where can I find my login details?

After you have registered for your free Autumn Fair ticket you will receive an email with your login details for the visitor zone which will consist of a username and password.

Look out for the email titled:

"IMPORTANT INFO – Your Visitor Zone Log In Details”

Why do I need to plan my trip to Autumn Fair?

Autumn Fair is a large show with a lot of exhibitors. Planning which items you want to see in advance will improve your experience.

Creating a shortlist before the show on the visitor zone will direct your journey at the show through the areas most relevant to you. 

Plan a route so that you will require less time to navigate at the show and have more time to discover new items.

How can the visitor zone help me?

Browse the Autumn Fair website whilst seamlessly adding your favourites all in one place.

Shortlist the items you want to see and plan your route at the fair to make the most of your day.

At Autumn Fair access the visitor zone on your mobile to remember which items you want to see. Add new items you discover to your visitor zone to review later.

After Autumn Fair use the visitor zone to recollect which exhibitors you'd like to contact and purchase from.

How can I add something to my favourites?

Browse the website or the visitor zone and click on the heart displayed on an item.

The item will automatically be saved to your favourites in the visitor zone.

Remember that you must be logged in for the item to save.

Login to the Visitor Zone

What is the white bar along the bottom?

When logged in you may notice a white bar along the bottom of your screen with your name on it. This bar is your quick access to the visitor zone.

  • Freely browse the site and save items to your favourites whilst staying logged in to the visitor zone.
  • Click on your name to launch the visitor zone at any time.
  • See a live counter of the items you favourite.

What can I find in the Dashboard?

  • See the items that are popular with other visitors.
  • See the items you recently added to your favourites.

What can I find in Favourites?

  • See all the items you've added to your favourites
  • Print your favourites
  • Email your favourites to yourself or somebody else

What can I find in Discover?

  • See items you might like based on your favourites
  • See items you might like based on your interests
  • See items that are popular with other visitors
  • See our featured items

What can I find in Profile?

  • Your profile details (please note that any changes made to your profile will only apply to your visitor zone profile, they will not change on your Autumn Fair badge).
  • Tags - these are the tags associated with your profile.
  • Account - your email address and password.

What if I don't like a recommended item?

Don't like something recommended to you in the visitor zone?

No problem!

Simply click on the thumbs down icon next to the heart to let us know that you don't like it.

Where can I change my password?

In the Visitor Zone go to

  • Profile
  • Click on 'Edit Profile'
  • Select Account
  • Select 'Edit Password'

 

VENUE INFORMATION, TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION


WHERE DOES THE SHOW TAKE PLACE? 

Halls 1 – 5
NEC Birmingham
Birmingham
B40 1N

www.thenec.co.uk

WHAT DATE/TIME DOES THE SHOW OPEN?

2 to 5 September 2017
(Volume Sector Opens 1 Sep)

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Sat 1 Sept (Volume Only) - 10:00 - 17:00
Sun 2 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Mon 3 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 4 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 5 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00

HOW DO I GET THERE?

To find out more about how to get to the Autumn Fair, please see our dedicated  travel page here.

WHERE DO I PARK?

Standard parking is available in the NEC car parks, with regular shuttle buses to take you from these car parks to the halls. Standard parking is not pre-bookable, but will be free of charge for all visitors to Autumn Fair,  you will just need to follow the signs when you arrive. 

If you would like to pay for 'Express parking' you are welcome to do so, please click here to book via the NEC venue's website. 

WHERE CAN I STAY?

To find out more about where to stay during your visit to the Autumn Fair, please see our dedicated  accommodation page here.

IS THERE FREE WIFI AT THE VENUE?

Yes, free WIFI is available throughout all the Show Halls at the NEC Birmingham. To connect, select ‘NEC Free Wifi’, and fill in the information form on your browser page.

WHERE CAN I EAT / DRINK?

Themed cafés serving light snacks and refreshments can be found within the halls alongside numerous bars, restaurants and seating areas outside of the halls, offering anything from a quick drink to a more substantial meal. For more information, click here.

IS THERE A CLOAKROOM?

Yes, there are cloakrooms available in the main piazza at all show all entrances. Prices start at £1.00 per item. Items are left at your own risk. Large cases accepted within reason.

IS THERE AN ATM?

Full banking facilities are available at the Natwest Bank located in the Piazza outside Hall 4. ATMs are located adjacent to Hall 1.

 

AT THE EVENT


 

HOW DO I FIND MY WAY AROUND THE SHOW ONCE I HAVE ARRIVED?

On arrival to the show, show guides with floor plans will be available to collect at the entrance.

We will aim to have an event floor plan available via the show website, near to the time of show open.

HOW MANY EXHIBITORS CAN I EXPECT TO SEE?

The number of exhibitors you can see in a day depends entirely on your show objectives. For example, you may see only 4 exhibitors in a day and spend at least an hour on each stand speaking with the business owners and placing an order for your retail store. On the other hand, if you are attending to browse product and be inspired you may spend less time at each stand and cover dozens of exhibitors in a day.

ARE SEMINARS FREE TO ATTEND?

Yes, seminars are free to attend.

NB: Please note that as well as seminars, there will be workshops running. Some workshops will require additional registration/booking due to limited spaces being available. These workshops will be advertised as requiring additional registration on the show website. 

ARE SEMINARS TICKETED?

No, our seminars are run on a first come, first served basis.

All we advise is that visitors arrive at the seminars in plenty of time to avoid any disappointment.

 

INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION


 

I REQUIRE AN INVITATION LETTER TO ASSIST WITH MY VISA APPLICATION. HOW DO I APPLY?

Unfortunately we cannot issue personal/individual letters of invitation for visa purposes. Once you have registered via the show website you will receive a confirmation email which may be sufficient for visa application.

MY QUESTION HAS NOT BEEN ANSWERED

If your question has not been answered here you can contact our customer services team for any enquiries you may have.


Once you have submitted your form please check your email for your confirmation message.

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