The 2017 edition of Spring Fair, the UK’s largest gift and home trade event, will feature the largest Home section in its 67-year history.

Featuring brands from across the world, a total of 2500 exhibitors will be present at Birmingham’s NEC from 5-9th February 2017, enabling independent retailers, department store buyers, garden centres and online retailers to source in vogue home and lifestyle products.

Verdict Retail recently revealed that the UK home decor market will outperform all other homeware retail sectors, accounting for 12.1% of the total homewares market. Designed to help retailers capitalise on the growing market, Spring Fair’s Home section – which has doubled in size since 2014 – will feature brands that take inspiration from all corners of the globe, particularly Scandinavia.

Spring Fair will present the UK’s largest selection of Scandinavian brands. The Scandinavian hygge craze of simplistic, cosy living that is sweeping the UK, so much so that it was recently shortlisted as one of the words of the year, will be presented by the trend’s leading brands that are exhibiting exclusively at Spring Fair including Madam Stolz, Hubsch, Nordal and Kreafunk. Buyers looking to source the next must-have items will find textiles, furniture, interior and outdoor accessories, as well as soft furnishings in the event’s flagship sector.

2017 will see the Home sector of the show become more international as it features more global brands than ever before. Brands such as Chic Antique, Flam and Luce Byclassy, Light & Living and Baroque International have confirmed they will display an array of customised lampshades, vintage furniture and renaissance-style decorations.

Exclusive to the Spring Fair is the Summerhouse, an edited collective of over 40 exhibitors. This offers visitors the latest in on-trend designs, with an edited selection of original UK and international gift, interior, lighting and lifestyle brands.

The section exhibits trend-setting favourites and exclusive new exhibitors, including Natures Collection, India Jane, One World Trading Ltd, VITA Copenhagen, Nkuku, Stone the Crows, Libra, Parlane International and Abigail Ahern. Buyers can also attend and network, while taking in the show trends at the Summerhouse Café.

Alongside a more international focus this year, The Summerhouse sector is also home to some of the best ‘brand British’ brands. With the uncertain times of Brexit ahead, this British identity is often a big part of UK retailers’ overseas appeal, and, according to Jennifer Creevy from Retail Week, “it could play a bigger role for retailers to capitalise on their unique status in many different ways”. Everything from seasonal decorations to everyday gifts for home and garden will be among the exclusive products on display in this area.

A major exhibitor at the 2017 event will be Coach House, while other leading Home suppliers like Wilde Java, McGowan & Rutherford, Voyage Maison, Clarke & Clarke, Hill Interiors and Pacific Lifestyle will also be present, displaying a wide assortment of products including leather lamps, country dining chairs, wall clocks and large dressers.

Alongside the buying and specifying opportunities, the event will offer visitors a programme of topical and informative seminars, with respected industry experts speaking on consumer trends driving the sector. Visitors can also participate in a Meet the Expert session, for one-to-one advice on the challenges facing retailers over the coming year.

Nick Davison, portfolio director of Spring Fair, comments: “Home furnishings and decor continues to grow as consumers want to refresh their homes, representing a strong category for retailers. With consumers increasingly demanding newer, more stylish and higher quality products, Spring Fair provides the UK’s most comprehensive array of home products, that covers everything from value to high-end price points, from traditional to the latest trending home trends. No matter what type of retailer you are, large or small, there will be ranges at Spring Fair to help you increase sales in this area.”

Home is one of 14 sectors at Spring Fair, alongside Gift, DIY & Home Improvement, Fashion & Accessories, Toys, Kitchen and Dining, Party and Retail Solutions.