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?
At Autumn Fair there will be 600+ 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 display 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 and seminars
Visitors can attend seminars from successful names in the industry. 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 for their workshop of choice via the show website.
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.
I am a student, am I able to attend the show?
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.
When will I receive my entry badge?
You can print a copy of your badge as it is attached to your badge email (this will be sent to you a week prior to the show).
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.
What if I have forgotten my ticket when I arrive at the show?
What date/time does the show open?
3-6 September 2023
Sunday, 3 September | 9:00 - 18:00
Monday, 4 September | 9:00 - 18:00
Tuesday, 5 September | 9:00 - 18:00
Wednesday, 6 September | 9:00 - 16:00
How do I get there?
Where can I stay?
Where can I eat / drink?
Are there disabled facilities at the venue?
How many exhibitors can I expect to see?
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.
Do I need a visa?
I require an invitation letter to assist with my visa application. How do I apply?
What are the conditions of entry at Autumn Fair?
There will no longer be a requirement to prove COVID-19 Status on arrival at the venue. Mask Wearing will also no longer be mandatory to wear masks within the event environment. However, we are a mask friendly event. We encourage all attendees to consider wearing masks, especially when in enclosed or crowded spaces.
Will there be hand sanitiser available?
Hand sanitising stations have been installed throughout the NEC at high touch points. We recommend also carrying your own at all times as well. Exhibitors have been asked to supply hand sanitisers within their stand space. Additionally, hand washing facilities are available around the hall perimeters within the venue toilet facilities.
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