The inclement weather did not prevent an 18% increase in visitors make the trip to Chelsea FC for the fourth BFM-hosted event at the venue on 26th and 27th February. There was a record attendance on both days, particularly on the first day, which saw visitor numbers up +12% at well over 200.
It is believed that the number of visitors would have been even higher had the weather not impacted on the event, particularly on the second day. Several registered visitors who were unable to get to Chelsea during the show contacted the BFM requesting exhibitor product and contact information.
Visitors saw 37 European fabric producers and suppliers present their classic collections and new designs to the UK’s upholstery industry, many of the UK’s retail groups and furniture groups, and buyers of soft furnishings from the hotel and leisure industry.
The renowned Belgian mills were especially pleased with the show, with many reporting excellent orders. Koen Mortier from Escolys says: “It has been a very good show for us, we have seen most of our very valued UK customers and met some new ones too.”
Many visitors also reported satisfaction with the event. Kai Winders from Steinhoff says: “This is a great show, wonderful that it has expanded over the years and it is good to have it in the UK, it means not too much time out of the office.”
Alston Upholstery’s Matthew Cave comments: “Great exhibition, plenty to see, easy to visit and knowledgeable exhibitors.”
Jackie Bazeley, MD of the BFM, which organised and hosted the event, reports that she received many compliments from both visitors and exhibitors, saying: “Prior to the start of the show we thought that the weather might prevent visitors from attending. While it clearly had an effect, it did not stop the majority from getting to Chelsea.
"I have had many positive comments from visitors about the quality of the exhibitors and the fabrics and finishes they showed, along with a great number of compliments from both our returning and new exhibitors. I already have a waiting list of companies eager to exhibit and we are already looking forward to another successful event in 2019.”
The two-day London Fabric Show will return on 25th and 26th February 2019.