A GREAT YEAR FOR EXCLUSIVELY HOUSEWARES!
'Reaction to this year’s Exclusively Housewares and its new sister show Exclusively Electrical has been overwhelmingly positive’, show organisers have confirmed.
Both shows, which ran on 9 and 10 June at the Business Design Centre in London, closed knowing that their combined visitor numbers were up, rebookings from exhibitors had hit their highest level ever and that several new initiatives for both shows this year had all received a positive response.
“We’ve had an exciting, buzzy couple of days,” said Simon Boyd, the shows’ director, “And the whole team is already full of ideas for 2016!”
The introduction of Exclusively Electrical, with its focus on small kitchen and domestic appliances, was well received, with the new show attracting plenty of good retail names from the larger stores.
“We want to build the specialist electrical retail audience for this show and this year was a solid start,” said Simon.
The influx of new exhibitors into Exclusively Housewares, due to suppliers moving into Exclusively Electrical, also helped to add excitement and fresh impetus for visitors, as did the introduction of an independently curated ‘On Trend’ trail of products by trend forecaster Scarlet Opus, and a new emphasis on highlighting products suitable for the key Christmas sales period.
Will Jones, sector director of housewares at BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), commented, “All the retailers I spoke to were positive and in the main upbeat about the shows and appeared reasonably optimistic about market conditions. They appreciated the efforts the shows are making to get suppliers thinking ahead to their key sales period.
“Retailers want to know they can order at the shows for delivery at the end of October ready for the festive build up to Christmas. June is a perfect mid-year opportunity for buyers to firm up and confirm their Christmas offers and look ahead to the spring/summer season next year.“Many also noticed the ‘On Trend’ icon appearing around the shows and agreed that giving this initiative a bigger presence next year would be useful. A number had enjoyed the Scarlet Opus presentation on the Wednesday morning.”
Feedback so far from BHETA members who were exhibiting has also been positive with the quality of buyers, the addition of Exclusively Electrical and the new show initiatives gaining widespread approval.
“Overall, another great show which attracted some very senior buyers and executives from the UK’s leading retailers, it was also good to hear that a number of exhibitors had taken more orders than last year,” concluded Will.
The shows’ organising team however, will not be resting on their laurels.
“Exclusively Electrical is a long term investment for us and there is a lot more for us to deliver to our exhibitors in this area, particularly in the specialist electrical market.
“The world of retailing is changing quickly and the shows’ must, like our exhibitors, think ahead to new ways of editing and presenting products that will appeal to existing and potential visitors,” said Simon.
“We will be listening to what our exhibitors and visitors have to say and watching the progress of the market carefully in the coming months, so that we too have an ‘On Trend’ offer to bring to the market next June!”
Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical will take place on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 2016 at the Business Design Centre, London.
Exclusively Housewares is 'Run by the industry, for the industry' with the support of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).