Having opened the show to non-member independent retailers for the first time, the Housewares Show was hailed a great success by organiser AIS.
The event ran over three days (August 14-16 at AIS’s Cranmore Park, Solihull) with non-members of the association welcomed on the last day. The show offered buyers an expanded AIS format (with a second showroom opened for increased space) and the largest brand offering to date. Over 70 exhibitors attended, giving buyers access to over 1000 brands.
Rachel Breen, the event organiser, explained, “We believe the success of our shows is measured by the success of the exhibitors and many exhibitors reported an increase in the orders taken compared to March, with many writing more orders than any previous Housewares Show!”
She added: “The Housewares Show and the Cranmore Park venue continue to excel and exceed expectations of many exhibitors and visitors. We are really excited about our next event and look forward to expanding the brand offering and welcoming new brands to The Housewares Show in March 19.”
Exhibitors – including JML and Portmeirion – praised the “superbly organised” show and its “friendly team,” and opportunity to see good quality accounts. First time visitor, Lynne Lowther, owner of The Glass Box Company also highlighted the: “Great facilities for a smaller venue and friendly staff.”
Above: Le Creuset was among the exhibitors across Cookshop, Tabletop, SDA, home fragrance, glassware and gifts at The Housewares Show in August. Other leading names included Denby, Brabantia, Wax Lyrical and Joseph Joseph.