The eighth annual NBF Bed Show enjoyed another great year as it celebrated the best in beds.

Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF who organises the show, says: “Exhibitor feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and visitors were impressed with the quality of this year’s show.

“Over the past eight years, visitor numbers have remained fairly consistent and this show was no different. Over the two days, we had more than 1,500 visitors with 15% revisiting on the second day.

“We also undertook visitor feedback exit surveys and will be analysing that data to find out if there’s anything we could improve for next year. We want to ensure that we are still creating an event that is cost effective for exhibitors but has the unique product focus and the best experience for visitors.”

As the doors closed on the UK’s biggest and best bed event – where more than 80 brands showcased the very latest in beds and mattresses – exhibitor feedback confirmed it had been another successful two day show with praise for the show’s smooth organisation, and many commenting that it seemed particularly busy this year.

Here’s what some of the exhibitors had to say:

James Appleyard from Dura Beds, says: “Great show with a high level of orders for new products as well as regular lines.”

Bodyease's Shakeel Baig says: “The Bed Show is a consistently evolving resource in an extremely demanding industry. It is proactive and pragmatic in supporting every member, from the smallest to the largest.”

Chris France, from Leggett & Platt, says: “It just gets better and better… If you are serious about bedding, you seriously need to visit (or exhibit at) this show!”

What the visitors had to say:

Mark Cort, from Bensons for Beds, says: “As usual the NBF show at Telford this year was a very worthwhile and enjoyable two days. The atmosphere and organisation of the event seems to get better every year and many suppliers again showcased some fantastic product. It is always good, as a buyer, to spend time at this event with all our major suppliers and colleagues from the industry.”

Mike Murray, from Land of Beds, says: “For any serious retailers selling beds, the NBF Bed Show is the key date for your diary. It is such a great place to meet all the industry’s leading companies under one roof. By attending the event, you gain unique access to a network of key decision makers within the trade and can learn first-hand what’s going to be big for business in the year ahead. In my opinion, this year’s show was the best yet; we will definitely be attending next year!”

Mark Graves, from The Sleep Shop Ltd and FGS Furnishings, says: “I thought that this years show was excellent. The quality and presentation of each stand was superb. If you contrast this to the first show, things have come a long way. I'm sure it must be difficult keeping each supplier within the constraints of the agreed maximum stand size but I do think the show is all better for it. Suppliers certainly have to think about what products they want to bring to the trade and each brand has an equal standing in terms of presence. Overall a great event.” 

The dates for the 2018 Bed Show have already been confirmed as 18th and 19th September.