22 July 2024, 00:11
By Furniture News Mar 17, 2022

New format helps fabric show succeed

The quality of enquiries from buyers, coupled with a significant increase in exhibitors, saw the BFM Fabric Show London 2022 move up a gear at its new location, reports organiser, British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Initial feedback from both the buyers within the international furniture community, and the 40-plus exhibitors in attendance, points to a successful reception for the event’s new format.  

The BFM moved the B2B show to the ILEC Conference Centre, near to Earls Court, to offer increased capacity and space, as well as greater opportunities for more fabric suppliers to showcase their latest products. 

Moves to make it a hosted, invite-only show enabled exhibitors to present their products directly to a key, professional audience, while a +30% increase in exhibitors ensured the buyers were offered greater opportunity to source high-quality, contemporary fabrics for upholstery, beds and soft furnishings. 

Running across two days on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8th and 9th March, the show attracted UK and international fabric suppliers, drawing in world-renowned manufacturers and suppliers from Belgium as well as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Germany and the UK.

Fabrics on show include wools, tweeds, velvets, cottons, linens, chenilles, silks, leathers, faux leathers, backing fabrics and FR treatments. The latest fabric protection and cleaning treatments were also presented.

Sean Holt, BFM MD, says: “We are very pleased with the feedback from exhibitors and buyers and feel the new format has really hit the mark. We await more details from the post-event survey, but initial feedback is very positive.

“There was more opportunity than ever and we are glad we took the decision to press forward with plans to invigorate the event, after the challenges of the last few years due to Covid.

“We are committed to reinvesting in the show for the future and now look forward to delivering further growth next year, attracting more exhibitors and a wider audience of international buyers for the 2023 event."

A video of the BFM Fabric Show London 2022 can be found here.

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