Autumn Fair launches Connect @ Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair, the UK’s leading marketplace for wholesale, home, gift, fashion, and sourcing, has announced the launch of Connect @ Autumn Fair, an entirely new, large scale meetings programme to be held during Autumn Fair 2023 from 3rd – 6th September at the NEC Birmingham, which brings together more than 15,000+ visitors and 600+ UK and international suppliers from across the retail industry.

Connect @ Autumn Fair helps the Autumn Fair community connect and do business via individual meetings. More than 3,000 buyers and over 600 suppliers are expected to participate in over 6,000 high value meetings onsite at Autumn Fair 2023.

To ensure they are valuable, all Connect @ Autumn Fair meetings are double opt-in (both people want to meet each other) and scheduled based on each individual’s availability. Meetings will be held at exhibitor stands so buyers can view and fully experience their whole range of offerings.


Suppliers are joining Connect @ Autumn Fair to:

Meet prospective customers, generate qualified leads and secure orders
Re-engage with existing contacts to identify new sales opportunities to work together
Launch and showcase their new season’s assortment to 3,000+ buyers

Buyers are joining Connect @ Autumn Fair to:

Discover and be inspired by new and emerging products – find their company’s next bestsellers in time for the golden quarter
Use their time at Autumn Fair 2023 in the most efficient way possible – quickly and easily meet the suppliers behind the products they need
Find the specific product features and supplier terms that their businesses need

Julie Driscoll, Divisional Managing Director of Autumn Fair organiser’s Hyve Group plc says; “Connect @ Autumn Fair is a game changing new meetings programme crafted to fundamentally shift the future of buying and sourcing within the retail industry and represents the biggest change to Autumn Fair in its 30-year history.

“The meetings programme will supply extensive information on each supplier from country of origin and sustainability credentials through to price points and minimum order values enabling retailers to pre-select meetings with companies whose products most suit their buying needs. The pre-scheduled double opt-in meetings enable suppliers to generate extremely high value qualified leads. This tangible return on time and return on investment is globally unique and reinforces Autumn Fair’s market leading seasonal event status.”

John Halliday, Director of Membership & Marketing at British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) adds; “Bira are delighted to see Hyve further investing into the Spring & Autumn Fair programme. The new meetings tool, Connect @ Autumn Fair, will provide all exhibitors and visitors with a completely new experience and position the show as a sector leader. The technology behind this new platform will fundamentally transform the event experience, enabling a far better return on time, investment, and value. This is a no brainer and will enable companies to search, meet and do business on their stand with the right people at the right time.”

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