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Autumn Fair 2018

20 July 2018

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Unearth ‘Made in Britain’ products at UK showcase


British-made: a marker that exudes quality, luxury and sophistication. The ‘Made in Britain’ label is one sought all over the world, offering a sense of pride for both those who manufacture to this enviable standard and those who own such products.

From the most expensive Mulberry handbags, right down to the most humble of bespoke handcrafted accessories, British-made drives revenue for retailers across the globe. Indeed, no tourist in the UK could forget the many famous tailors of Savile Row, the luxuries of Fortnum and Mason and Harrods, or many of the other notable proprietors and sellers of great British brands.

British retail delivers immediate consumer appetite and recognition the world over. UK retailers and manufacturers export more successfully than their international counterparts, accounting for 5.9 per cent of global exports of consumer and leisure goods - this heavyweight status is in part down to the respect ‘Made in Britain’ has on the international stage. Royal celebrations throughout 2018 have only helped to boost this appeal further, and international retailers recognise that if they stock the right British products they will reap the benefits.

Of course, for all the world-renowned retail brands the UK can be proud of, there remains an army of dedicated independent, start-up and small business who continue to embody British commitment. A commitment to not only quality, but creativity and innovation also, and those fresh products are also available to the world.

Of these businesses, many go to great lengths to handcraft each of their products: every handstitched scatter cushion or carefully blown crystal glass vase has in it a mark of individuality, passion and creative flair – such is the British sensibility. British handicraft merchandise stems from the genuine love of a vocation, and love of a craft.

In this spirit, Autumn Fair 2018 will also be hosting its first ever dedicated handcrafted and artisanal goods showcase. As a celebration of Britain’s openness to other cultures and influences, Global Handicraft will see manufacturers from across the world exhibit their bespoke ranges. From jewellery to fine ceramics, and exotic textiles to quirky lighting Global Handicraft will give retailers the opportunity to be the first to stock some truly unique and rare products.

The showcase is expected to see over 50 international handicraft brands exhibiting with craftspeople coming from as far away as Morocco, India and Indonesia.

International trade played a significant role in Autumn Fair’s sister show, Spring Fair, earlier this year. A partnership with the UK Government’s Department for International Trade’s retail export team resulted in millions of pounds in deals between British brands and global buyers. 

Autumn Fair, the season’s number one marketplace for the home and gift retail industry in the UK, will celebrate everything that’s great about British products in 2018: from the biggest luxury brands to the smallest independent handicraft makers, such as Evans of Lichfield, Collier & Dobson and Carrie Elspeth.

Running from the 2nd – 5th September at Birmingham’s NEC (close to Birmingham International Airport), Autumn Fair is also uniquely placed as the gateway to the Golden Quarter, the global fourth quarter phenomenon that sees retail sales surge all over the world. Perfectly positioned for international buyers preparing for the all-important end-of-year-peak sales period, it is the ideal opportunity to bring the best of British to markets everywhere.

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