The Manchester Furniture Show ended on a high last Tuesday, with many exhibitors reporting record days and better than expected sales.
Big name brands received enthusiastic responses to their new launches – James Hudson, business development director at Gallery Direct, said that the company had its best ever Manchester show.
Nichola Bell, sales director at Westbridge Furniture Designs, says: “Our four new launches, two in our Elements and two in our Westbridge collection, went very well and overall our figures were better than last year - it was a great show for us, so we are delighted.”
Launching adventurous and completely new designs, Nolte was also pleased with response. Sales director Michael Tattersall says: “We saw 95% of the buyers we wanted to see and got off to a great start with a fantastic Sunday. Our new Cargo and Sunny models went down incredibly well with better than expected sales and we will definitely be back next year.”
New brands including Mason and Pearl, Furninova and Hartmann, which all displayed contemporary models, were also pleased with the reaction to their products and stated that it was great opportunity to meet and spend time with serious and knowledgeable buyers.
Visitor numbers were consistent with previous years at just under 5000 over the three days. The attending buyers included many from large group and major independent stores, who, despite narrating tricky trading conditions, saw Manchester as the ideal forum to select new products for their physical and online stores in readiness for the crucial autumn selling period.
Other big names reporting enthusiastic responses to their new launches included Mike Storey from Ashley Manor, Mark Callgahan at Baker Furniture, Steve Lamb at VIDA Living, Mehmood Pirbhai at CIMC, Aubane Pattar at Furmanac and Tom Savidge at Carlton Furniture – who also reported this year as the company's best Manchester show to date.
Final praise was received from Paul Wesson, sales director at Whitemeadow, saying: “We love the Manchester Furniture Show, it is a firm fixture in our calendar and it gets better every year. We will be back next year.”
The show organisers report that the re-bookings for the 2018 event are already high and the show will return to Manchester Central on 15th-17th July 2018.