Autumn Fair 2022, which took place from 4–7th September at NEC Birmingham, offered the UK and Europe’s retailers a space to meet, reconnect, network and source, as well as learn about sustainability, responsible sourcing, circularity, and advice for creating a buoyant future for retailing, all under one roof.
Thousands of retailers engaged hundreds of exhibitors across product sectors including homeware, decor, gifts and Christmas.
New features included the New Product Showcase, while a stand was dedicated to the Power of One campaign, and the Sustainability Product Showcase put the spotlight on an edit of eco-conscious exhibitors, and Autumn Fair’s headline sponsor, Products of Change, collaborated on the Power of One stand, offering advice and one-on-one sessions on how to make businesses more sustainable.
Buyers from retailers including John Lewis, Fenwick, Fishpools, M&S, TJX – TKMaxx, Wayfair, Dunelm, Next and Homebase attended the show. Many commented on the importance of seeing products and meeting people in person, the scope created from cross-buying opportunities, and the benefits and value generated by the talks and presentations on the Inspiring Retail Stage and MODA Catwalk.
On the final day of the show, Nicola Meadows, portfolio director at Autumn Fair, commented: “There has been so much to celebrate at Autumn Fair, and as the doors close today, I feel immensely humbled by the response from our community and the passion, drive, and enthusiasm to work together to refuel retail and work towards a better, more responsible and kinder way of doing business. I am very excited to look ahead to Spring Fair and delivering another memorable show for the home, gift, fashion, and sourcing markets.”
Spring Fair takes place from 5–8th February 2023 at NEC Birmingham.