A guide to the UK furniture exhibitions of 2015

Posted in UK on Monday, 01 December 2014. Print

If you’re looking for a quick summary of the UK’s furniture and furnishings trade buying events in 2015, you’ve come to the right place! Every year, I compile a summary of the UK exhibitions calendar, to help readers maximise buying opportunities, identify the most suitable marketing platforms and, hopefully, prevent a few headaches.

A guide to the UK furniture exhibitions of 2015

The 2015 UK events diary sees some new additions – most notably the launch of the January Furniture Show, which is set to be the sector’s largest. Eagle-eyed readers might notice that there are also a couple fewer shows than in last year’s roster, but in some cases that’s because they simply haven’t announced official dates yet. I’ll try to keep this version of the article on the Furniture News website as up to date as possible.

The bulk of these shows will have been previewed/reviewed before by Furniture News, so it’s well worth searching this website for more information on individual events.

So, without any further ado, here’s the furniture trade’s UK events diary, 2015 …

The year kicks off in the capital with Home, which relocates to Olympia following the closure of Earl’s Court, and takes place from 11-13th January alongside Top Drawer and Craft. Visitors will find an exclusive selection of designer homewares, as well as the return of the Retail Masterclass seminar programme.

The Furniture Show, organised by Associated Independent Stores (AIS), takes place at the Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre in Solihull, not far from the Birmingham NEC, from 12-14th January. While the first day is reserved for the buying group’s members, the subsequent two are open to the trade in general.

When the closure and part-relocation of Interiors UK was announced last January, a replacement event, the January Furniture Show was quickly announced. Taking place across halls 1-3 and the Pavilion of the Birmingham NEC mid-week from 13-15th January, the show will feature the year’s biggest complement of furniture exhibitors and new product. Celebrating 25 concurrent years of furniture shows at the NEC, the January Furniture Show will also see the launch of The Furniture Awards, developed in association with Furniture News. Please note that the date for this year’s edition is early, to better accommodate buyers wishing to visit imm cologne the following week – the 2016 edition will run from Sunday 24th to Tuesday 26th.

The Scottish Furniture Representatives Association-organised show has been rebranded Northpoint, and will run between 25-27th January at Highland Hall, Edinburgh.

Moving into February, and Spring Fair International, the UK’s largest home and gift trade fair, returns to the NEC from 1st-5th of the month. This year’s edition promises a Home sector – now in hall 1 – 64% larger than previously, including furniture, textiles, home accessories, lighting and an extensive offering of wall art. Also present will be Retail Shop, dedicated to technology and retail sector solutions, alongside numerous retail-oriented special features.

Skipping ahead, Spring Long Point, a growing event which takes place in showrooms across the Derbyshire town of Long Eaton, will take place from 11-13th May.

May Design Series returns to ExCeL London from 17-19th May for a third year, promising an event “curated for business”. The show, which comprises Furniture, kbb, Lighting, Decor and DX sub-sections, promises an internationally-focused buying opportunity.

Independent design festival Clerkenwell Design Week commences on 19th May, taking place in showrooms across the London design district until 21st May, while the Minerva Spring Exhibition will be held at Telford’s International Centre from 19-20th May, open exclusively to members of the Minerva and SMG buying groups.

Solex, the Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association’s annual fair, returns to the NEC from 7-9th July.

Next up is the UK’s second-largest furniture show, Manchester Furniture Show. Running from 19th-21st July at the Manchester Central venue, the event promises a wide selection of new product in a convivial environment. Finally in July, Home & Gift takes place at Harrogate International Centre from 19th-22nd.

September brings a swathe of events, beginning with the AIS members-only event at the Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre in Solihull over 1st-2nd. Next is Autumn Fair International, a well-established pre-Christmas buying platform, which returns to the NEC from 6-9th September, promising furniture, furnishings and accessories, plus the debut of a new lighting section.

Glee, an outdoor- and garden centre-focused event that boasts some outdoor furniture, is back at the NEC from 13-15th September, while, concurrently, Home returns to Olympia for its second annual showing.

Autumn Long Point returns to Long Eaton from 14-16th September, and the regional event for the South-west, the SWMRAF’s South West Furniture Show takes place from 15-17th September in the Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, Somerset.

In late September, design returns to London in the form of interiors-focused shows across the capital, many of which are part of the London Design Festival, taking place from 19-27th September. These include Decorex International, back at Syon Park on the outskirts of London from 20th-23rd September.

100% Design relocates to the Olympia from 23rd-26th September. Then there is Tent and Superbrands London, which returns to the Old Truman Brewery from 24-27th.

From 22nd-23rd September, Telford’s International Centre will host the members of the NBF at the popular Bed Show, the strongest platform for the bed industry in the UK, featuring beds, bed-making machinery and component suppliers.

Finally, there is Minerva’s Autumn Furniture Show, scheduled to take place from 6-7th October (members only on the first day), also at Telford’s International Centre.

Remember that the Furniture News website features a handy calendar of events both national and international, as well as more in-depth previews and reviews. Again, this version of the article on the Furniture News website will be kept up to date with any developments.


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