Autumn Fair

6-9 SEPTEMBER 2020 | NEC BIRMINGHAM

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  • It’s fair to say that after eight weeks (are we still counting?) of enforced lock down, Mental Health Awareness Week has never been more relevant, or well timed. We wanted to share with you some of our thoughts on the positive ways this period have impacted us...
  • Today the Bloomingville brands and philosophies have been adopted by millions of homes, releases many inspiring collections across seasons.

  • Finally, Non- essential stores have been given the go ahead to reopen on the 15th of June. However, that’s only if they are compliant with the governments updated coronavirus safeguarding guidance for retail.

  • We have all become far more conscious of the welfare of others, and in particular the importance of ensuring that people who have been isolating on their own, do not feel alone and out of touch with their families...
  • We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our network for our keyworkers and their own local communities. However, on top of these donations, we have also been hearing of people who have been donating an even more precious commodity, their time and knowledge...

  • Last week the BRC (British Retail Consortium) and USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) published practical guidance for retailers. Here are their key recommendations.

  • On the 27th of April the government announced another financial support scheme that will provide much needed aid to SME’s. Find out what you need to know in order to see if you are able to apply. 
  • The Giftware Association’s calling on the industry to donate gifts to essential workers in the UK.

  • We have highlighted some of the key resources from These associations and other key opportunities below
  • This week we want to recognise one of our exhibitor partners Portfolio home ( the Evans group) and one of our favourite online retailers Made.com for their thoughtful and much needed gestures of Kindness.

  • In case you missed it, hear from Stephen Illingworth, Director, Product Development and Marketing, for Widdop and Co. as he talks through practical steps you can take to make your retail business more resilient...

  • Have you already applied, or looking at this scheme, here are some of the basics you need to know... 
  • How to manage sourcing within the currently climate is proving challenging, Kate Larsen, founder of social enterprise advisory SupplyEsChange, shares her thoughts.
  • Hear from our guest editor Simon Locke, Sustainable Design and Innovation Manager for The Body Shop as he shares his thoughts and approach to retail at this time.. 
  • How are members of our community re-tooling and supporting our key workers?
  • It seems kindness is simply a part of the DNA of Ultimate Products, and we have been inspired by multiple stories of what their team has been up to...
  • We caught up with Zinc Home to talk about  what inspires their collections and why loyalty is an essential art of doing business...
  • Whilst most of us are in isolation, it's clear that we are connecting and helping each other more than ever before...
  • #InspiredByKindness

    27 Mar 2020

    When we look back on this period, we want to be reminded that when times got hard, we came together to help each other.

  • Since it’s International Women’s Day this weekend, we are celebrating some of the incredible women who make Spring and Autumn Fair what it is.

  • Before starting an online ecommerce business in the UK you should ask yourself some questions.
  • If you are looking to visit a trade show, you should do some planning in advance to make sure you are making the most of your time. 
  • If you are looking to find suppliers and source new products for your retail store, try and keep these 5 basic fundamentals in mind.  
  • We’ve rounded up the different ways you can source products from China for your business without the hassle and cost of traveling overseas.
  • The male beauty business is booming. If you are looking for wholesale men’s grooming products, these four are among our favourites.
  • Designing a trade show stand that stands out is one of the most important elements to your marketing and sales strategy when you are exhibiting at a retail trade fair.
  • There is no tolerance for mistakes when it comes to consumer trust, so brands have to tailor their customer experience model to reflect this.
  • Increasingly, a poor sustainability performance is affecting a lot of retail company’s growth. Check out this guide to improving your supply chain's sustainability impact. 
  • Autumn Fair is set to unveil the addition of The Furniture Collection in the Living Accents & Décor show sector at the 2020 show. 

  • Deciding what e-commerce channel is right for your brand to start selling your products should be a well thought out task. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. 
  • If you are a retailer looking to stock some last-minute Christmas toys for kids this year, these five type of toys are a great start.
  • Private label products are exclusive products sold by a retailer with their own packaging and branding. These products are increasing in popularity rapidly all over the world.
  • Unlike some other retail trends, home décor trends have a relatively long lifespan. They evolve at a slower pace to fashion and gift trends. 
  • If you are looking for artificial flower wholesale suppliers, these 6 brands have the perfect mix of beauty, style and quality. 
  • The UK’s retail industry has seen an interesting month for September. Read our retai news roundup - Editor's picks to get your monthly fix of what is happening in the industry. 
  • A popular way of marketing to consumers, particularly younger consumers, is using social media influencers, but is it really effective?
  • We’ve rounded up some of the highlights from your eyes to recap the show for those who attended and give an overview to those who couldn’t make it.
  • With so many beautiful wholesale products to choose from across the 11 sectors at Autumn Fair, the team set out to find some of their favourites.
  • With 1300 exhibitors and even more brands at Autumn Fair 2019, the show floor was covered in innovative and unique brands.
  • Autumn fair 2019 put sustainable retail in the spotlight. If you are looking for brands with an eco-friendly mindset these are a great start. 
  • After months of collecting entries for the Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards 2019, the winning and commended products have now finally been announced.
  • As the customer journey continues to transform, with customers changing how, where and when they are making purchases, multichannel selling is becoming a key component of many retailer’s strategies. T ...
  • Ecommerce continues to revolutionise retail and alter customer expectations. Few businesses embody the rapid growth of online retail as much as Crafty Arts.
  • Yankee Candle sits under Newell, who also own two other well-known fragrance and candle brands Woodwick and Millefiori. They put their success down to being true to life.
  • With Autumn Fair just around the corner, we checked in with one of our speakers Santiago Navarro to take a closer look at sustainable, efficient packaging opportunities. 
  • The Pride Shop, who are coming to Autumn Fair this September, they wanted to set up a retail store that would support the LGBT+ market.
  • Ahead of Autumn Fair we sat down with Rob Gamage, Co Founder of Modern Retail, to find out more about the future of the retail industry
  • Preparing for the Golden Quarter is something retailers need to think about in advance if they want to take full advantage of it. 
  • The Closer to Nature stand, that will be in the Play & Tech sector, is about empowering people to give back to the environment. 
  • Our trend partners Colour Hive are looking ahead to 2020 to forecast and track trends in colours, material and finish for the design industry.
  • Find out about how trends emerge, and what patterns and colours we will see in SS 2020, as well as a sneak peak into the trends that will be at Autumn Fair this September.
  • Personalised gifts make for thoughtful presents that can capture a piece of the consumers personality or identity. These personalised gifts are set to be on-trend in 2020.
  • Independent retailers across the UK are thriving through innovation. A panel of Vend retail experts built a collection of 14 forward-thinking retailers in the UK. 
  • Two thirds of UK retailers believe it will take their business three years or more to achieve true sustainability, a major study of retailers’ views on sustainability revealed.
  • The best manufacturers, makers, and suppliers from key sourcing regions around the world will be exhibiting at Autumn Fair. 
  • Shopping at trade shows can be time consuming and tiring. Making the most of your time is crucial, so we've compiled all of our top tips for attending trade shows. 
  • In the retail industry, supply chain transparency used to be an afterthought. Consumers, governments, and retailers are now putting it at the forefront.
  • If retailers want to continue to grow, it’s essential that they take a customer centric approach and set the foundation for a successful customer experience.
  • If you are looking to find sustainable brands, here is a snapshot of some of the ethical brands that will be showcasing their products at Autumn Fair.
  • Pushing creative boundaries encourages a brave approach in an increasingly fragile world. A rebellious attitude and brave approach to style is key. 
  • Pricecheck, a FMCG wholesale supplier and distributor, works with some of the biggest names in retail. They will be at Autumn Fair this September. 
  • Sarah Ward, the CEO of the Giftware Association and the BTAA, talks about the current state of the retail market and where she sees it going in the future.
  • If you’re setting up an account or just looking for ways to optimise the one you have, here is everything you need to know about Twitter marketing.
  • While having a presence at a trade show is the first step to expanding your customer base, there are a few tips for selling at trade shows that can help you succeed. 
  • Cowshed Interiors, a homeware's retailer based in the UK, is bringing an alternative twist to the world of online shopping.
  • The Internet of Things is the digital connection of products which allows data to be easily shared between them. It is transforming the retail industry in multiple ways. 
  • While sourcing private label goods can be a great opportunity, there are also some hurdles to overcome.

  • June's retail news roundup sees a positive month for international shoppers and an increase in retailers effort to be sustainable. All this and more in this month’s retail news roundup – editor’s picks.
  • Take a look at some of the wholesale fashion and jewellery brands that are coming to Autumn Fair this September.
  • Theo Paphitis and the #SBS crew are coming to Autumn Fair for a second year in a row, awarding 12 inspiring brands the chance to exhibit at the SBS Pavilion. 
  • Mr Wonderful, a stationery and gift brand that originated in Barcelona, put their consumer’s happiness at the core of their belief system.
  • The Greetings sector at Autumn Fair is full of the best greetings companies from all around the world, here is a snapshot of some of them coming. 
  • These email marketing tips are perfect for businesses looking to start email campaigns, or for experienced marketers looking for a few extra tips.
  • Trade shows, especially wholesale trade shows, aren’t losing their edge for many reasons so we’ve rounded up the biggest benefits of attending trade shows. 
  • Generation Z currently account for somewhere between £22 billion to £112 billion in direct spending, but their influence on consumerism does not step there. 
  • We are set to launch a new international Sourcing zone at Autumn Fair as part of our new direction for 2019 this September.
  • Retailers need to take these factors into account when they are trying to improve their innovation in the retail industry.
  • We are revitalising the show experience this September at Autumn Fair. The retail industry is changing, so it is only fitting that we change with alongside it. 
  • These five unique and innovative wholesale gifts for retailers will be a welcome addition to any store and your customers will love them. 
  • Nest sells all types of gifts, jewellery and homewares. They have always been ahead of their time in regards to the kind of products consumers are looking for.

  • The retail industry has had a positive month this May with an increase in sales for major retailers and the launch of sustainable initiatives.  
  • With 1.18 billion daily users, Facebook is the world’s largest social media platform and a vital marketing tool for any retail business.
  • Exhibiting at a trade show abroad is a really good way to break into international markets. These are the things you need to think about if you are. 
  • The Summerhouse sector, Autumn Fair’s curated collection of on-trend gift, home interior, lighting and lifestyle brands, is set to expand for the coming September show. 
  • The Play & Tech sector of Autumn Fair is home to the most exciting and popular kids wholesale products and brands in retail.
  • One of the most important and effective marketing methods in the retail industry is word of mouth.
  • The global furniture market is set to increase year on year, hitting €670 billion by 2024. This market can be competitive but the future looks positive.
  • Ian snow, a wholesale sustainable furniture company, is different than most furniture suppliers because they put ethics at the core of everything they do.
  • Instagram marketing is a useful tool that both big and small brands should be taking advantage of.
  • If you’re looking to exhibit at a trade show for the first time, we’ve rounded up some tips to help get you started.
  • Spring & Autumn Fair have launched a monthly newsletter filled with helpful and insightful content. We wanted to introduce you to the faces that make up the team.