Clarion Events has acquired January Furniture Show Ltd, the organisation behind the key furniture shows held at the NEC and Manchester Central each year.

According to the event organiser, which runs shows in the sector including Home & Gift and Top Drawer, the partnership secures the long-term future of the events by bringing together the deep market knowledge and relationships of the founders Laraine Janes and Theresa Raymond with Clarion’s resources and marketing expertise in delivering world-class retail B2B events.

Laraine & Theresa have been involved with furniture fairs for more than 30 years and will continue to run the events with the support of their well-regarded team. The pair have confirmed that they will remain in place to manage the event for at least the next three editions.

Laraine comments: “We are delighted to become part of Clarion and we see the partnership, with such a well-respected organiser, as a very positive step for the furniture industry.

“Clarion have a real understanding of the retail and furniture market and how our events work. Their impressive series of B2B retail buying events play a crucial role in the retail supply chain, including Home & Gift, Harrogate and Top Drawer. Clarion’s forward-thinking leadership, proven experience and extensive resources will allow us to maximise the potential of both shows. ”

Neil Gaisford, MD – Retail Division, Clarion Events, says: “This is an exciting acquisition for Clarion, bringing together the market leading furniture events and Clarion’s resources, expertise and successful retail B2B shows. Laraine and Theresa have built up a strong business and we are looking forward to a successful collaboration to  serve the UK’s furniture industry.’’

Clarion is global events business with a number of events across a range of vertical markets. In the retail sector, Clarion Events provides a range of services to the retail industry through  brands including Home & Gift, Harrogate, Top Drawer, Home, Scotland Trade Fairs, Pulse, InternetRetailing Expo, InernetRetailing Conference, eDelivery Expo, eDelivery Conference, and the recently-launched Internet Retailing Summit.