London Fabric Show 2017 – big success for exhibitors and visitors
The third outing for the new-look London Fabric Show held at Chelsea FC on 27th and 28th February proved successful for both exhibitors and visitors. An increase in pre-show registrations of over 62% resulted in a bumper number of visitors, up by 26% on 2016. The number of companies represented rose by almost 50%.
Momentum for the show is gathering year on year and was boosted this year by the new London Fabric website which offered live registration and easy to access show information.
Visitors praised the quality of the exhibitors and breadth of fabrics on show, Karl Walker, Lebus MD commented: “The radical transformation of this exhibition over the past couple of years has elevated it to the top of our “must see” list. It now offers the depth and variety of supplier base to fully justify a two-day trip. The choice of venue and organisation works extremely well, it is now very much a permanent fixture in our diary.”
The show brought together 35 high-end fabric producers and suppliers from Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal and the UK. It offers UK upholstery, bed and soft furnishing manufacturers a unique opportunity to see some of the best fabrics available and meet the people who design and produce them. James Lowe from Aqua Clean said, “We have had a really good show, our new easy-clean fabrics have been exceptionally well received and we have been non-stop with existing and new customers. This show gets better every year and the quality of the companies showing is exceptional.”
Visitors included the majority of the UK upholstery industry and a large proportion of major UK furniture group retailers, who were there to select fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings, which will be exclusive to them
Jackie Bazeley MD of the BFM confirmed that The London Fabric show will return to Chelsea FC in 2018 with the dates to be announced shortly saying “We are delighted with the success of this year’s show and have received many complimentary comments from exhibitors and visitors. All of the British and Belgian exhibitors, along with many others, have already confirmed their attendance at next year’s event. The substantial increase in the visitor numbers proves the value of this show to UK upholstery manufacturers. We have also had great support from UK furniture trade press and are grateful to them for that. We will announce the dates as soon as we can confirm them with Chelsea FC and look forward to another successful show next year.”
For a list of companies that attended click here.