Header Info and Dates

5-8 FEBRUARY 2023
NEC BIRMINGHAM, UK

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Connect @ Spring Fair is the transformative, new meetings programme at Spring Fair 2024. It helps suppliers create leads, orders and opportunities in an incredibly efficient and effective way, and  enables buyers to quickly and easily find the right products and brands their customers will love. 

Together, we'll fuel Spring Fair with 12,000+ meetings for the home, gift and fashion retail community!
 

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Retail’s largest meetings programme ever

Taking the unknown out of the exhibiting equation, Connect @ Spring Fair is a meetings programme open to all 1,200+ exhibitors and 36,000 buyers, giving exhibitors the opportunity to arrange mutually agreed meetings on their stand during the show on the days and times that best suit them.  

Never before have exhibitors been able to view and connect with buyers prior to the show, enabling them to better plan their time and resources whilst maximising their business opportunities across our large and diverse community of retailers.

Be a part of the ground-breaking launch of Connect @ Spring Fair

As an exhibitor, you will benefit from: 

 

  • Viewing profiles of thousands of buyers participating in Connect @ Spring Fair
  • Pre-arranged and double opt-in 15-minute meetings at your stand across the four days of the show
  • Having control of who you meet, giving you a greater visibility into potential business opportunities
  • Ability to plan your time and resources on site effectively - from staffing levels to bringing relevant ranges to suit the profile of buyers needs.

Buyers participating in Connect @ Spring Fair will be able to:

 

  • Browse and find the best products and suppliers their customers want. 
  • Discover and be inspired by new and emerging products.
  • Quickly and easily meet the suppliers behind the products they need, on stands at the show.
  • Find specific product features and supplier terms that suit their business needs.
  • "Connect @ Spring and Autumn Fair is the game changer the trade show model needs for the retail industry. Exhibitors will be able to find and meet buyers more easily, creating more opportunities and ultimately doing more business! Being able to promote their product ranges, price points and delivery times before the event in the Connect @ Spring Fair platform and pre-schedule meetings with buyers they want to meet is a step change in helping exhibitors and buyers get the most out of both Spring and Autumn Fair. I believe that this is what the industry has been missing."
    Sarah Ward,
    CEO, Giftware Association

8,000+ buyers from across retail are joining
Connect @ Spring Fair, including:

Independent Gift Stores / Boutiques / Home retailers / Furniture Retailers / Lifestyle Stores / Garden Centres / Jewellery Stores /
High St Fashion / Fashion Retailers / Department Stores / Destinations / Attractions / Discount Retailers / Toy shops / Children’s Gift Stores /
Farm Shops / Supermarkets / Pharmacies / Chemists / Bookshops / Independent Fashion Boutiques / Wholesalers / Distributors /
Interior Designers / Architects / Hospitality / Importers / Exporters

 

 

How does it work?

Connect @ Spring Fair in 5 steps

Connect @ Spring Fair participants from your organisation will follow a simple process in the 4 weeks leading up to Spring Fair to schedule and confirm meetings. Then, when you’re at the show, you’ll have your meetings at your stand! It’s that easy!

  • Complete your profile and tell us your availability.
  • Select buyers and request to meet.
  • Opt in to new meeting requests you receive from buyers.
  • Accept your meetings.
  • Come 4-7 February 2024, it’s time to Connect @ Spring Fair and attend your meetings!

Connect @ Autumn Fair is launching in September 2023, see more below:

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