2017 Trade Shows Worth Putting In Your DiaryNetwork, network, network
Trade shows are hotspots for meeting new people with similar interests to you – in fact, maybe we could set up a dating stand whilst we think about it? They are perfect place for you to get together with like minded individuals to discuss collaborations and exchange advice. Use them to promote your work, your services or your products and get people to appreciate your ideas as much as you do. It’s amazing what opportunities meeting just one person can bring, so read the below and see which one’s would be suitable for you.
The January Furniture Show | January 22nd-25th | Birmingham
- You’ll need to register yourself as trade before you attend this one, but worth it. A huge trade events with forecasts, seminars, furniture designers, lighting stands, fabrics, flooring etc all under one roof. Our tip is to get overnight accommodation as you may want more than one day there. Click here for more info.
Design Surface Show | February 7th-9th | London
- Mainly for interior designers and architects this one, probably not worth going to if you are just a homeware fan. This event is all about new innovative materials and surface solutions which will be entering mainstream designs and stores in the future. Click here for more info.
Challenge yourself and introduce yourself to others, you’ll be surprised at what you can gain from one new contact
London Design Week | 12-17th March | London
Trade previews only from the 12-14th, but after that this is open for all and is probably the best one to go to. Based in Chelsea harbour, it’s a great place to network and spread your name, or if you are more into seeing brands and designers, it’s perfect for that too. Lost of presentations and workshops will be going on, if you want a big of design inspiration register now!
Ideal Home Show | 24 March -9th April | London
This is a big one and the most renowned for being open to the public. A mass of stuff going on at this one, but you’ll probably all know all about it if you are into homeware. Usually you can grab free tickets so I wouldn’t recommend paying full price, at the very least they always offer 2-4-1. Try money saving expert (MSE website) for free tickets!
Grand Designs Live | 29th April – 7th May | London
Definitely one to stick in the calendar. Based on the Channel 4 series and therefore hosted by Kevin McCloud, this show is packed with seminars, debates, 500 exhibitors, shopping and more. If you’re looking for design inspiration and are in the midst or about to redecorate, it’s definitely the place to be. If you’re trade click here to get your free tickets shortly.
New Designers Exhibition | 28th June – 8th July | London
This one is all about emerging talent in the creative industry. Head to the Business Design Centre in Islington if you want to check out emerging designers who specialise in everything from graphics, to spatial design and even textiles. If you are a member of the public hungry to see future trends and creative designs, take a trip.
Home & Gift Buyers Festival | 16th – 19th July | Harrogate
One to visit if you are up for a spot of shopping. Here you’ll find plenty of interiors and homeware goodies to browse, but you’ll also find great lifestyle brands there too in fashion, beauty, food industry etc. Being in July, this one is great for a leisurely day out where you can sip pimms and eat a BBQ in the sun.
Top Drawer | 10-12 September | Olympia, London
September is the month for big ones, like Top Drawer and Decorex. Top Drawer is our highly recommended show to visit. If you want to immerse yourself in homeware, fashion, crafts and gifts, it’s a great place to discover new brands and arrange collaborations. This is a trade only event though, so don’t bother registering if you aint got a business sista.
Decorex | 17th – 20th September | Syon Park, London
I went to this one last year and although it’s one of the biggest and most respected, I couldn’t help but feel deflated when I visited, simply because it’s so high end. Definitely worth a visit if you have a big budget to play with and want to meet great companies to work with and buy high end products however, personally it’s not for me.
Property Investor & Home Buyer Show | 7th – 8th October | London
Apparently this is one not to miss if you are into property developing. They have a huge range of activities for take part in if buying properties if your thing, think auctions and seminars. Plus it’s free, so what’s to loose?
Ideal Christmas Show | 22nd – 226th November | London
Part of the Ideal Home Show fairs, this one is definitely a great one to visit for both regular public and trade businesses. Only go if you’ve got a bit of cash to spare because it’s one to snap up all your Christmas presents early and some ‘from me to me’ type treats. It’s a place for people to push new products which aren’t familiar to the public and some gems can be found, but hidden amongst some utter tat as well…