Autumn Fair

5-8 September 2021 | NEC BIRMINGHAM

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Search through all the articles within The Community, Autumn Fair's online hub where we shine a light on all the positive messages and stories from within the retail industry, as well as the latest news and updates about the show.
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  • We’ve already shared the Government’s guidelines on making your shop a Covid Secure environment, but how can you ensure your customers feel safe? Here are a few of our top tips. 
  • Sourcing great products and materials from around the world is always important but does prove more challenging in this current environment.

  • If the coronavirus crisis has done nothing else, it has highlighted the need for us all to take better care of the planet. During the global lockdown, carbon emissions worldwide decreased by 17% and i ...
  • Why has wellbeing become such a big industry? We track down the answers, so that you don't have to!
  • This week our #inspiredbykindness campaign recognises   Sandwick Bay Candles as we are reminded of how one small action can really gain momentum, and make a significant impact.
  • Many retailers are preparing to open their doors our partners Bira have been busy providing practical help for retailers, include the tricky area of changing rooms...

  • Today the Bloomingville brands and philosophies have been adopted by millions of homes, releases many inspiring collections across seasons.

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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. 
  • We have highlighted some of the key resources from These associations and other key opportunities below
  • The Giftware Association’s calling on the industry to donate gifts to essential workers in the UK.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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