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Events & Exhibitions

With over 600 exhibitors from both Britain and abroad, hand-selected to ensure a consistently high quality of product, Top Drawer remains the must-attend buying event of the year.  Top Drawer gives buyers an unrivalled opportunity to source products from a unique mixture of new and established designers and international brands. With five sectors to buy from, including gifts, children’s stationery and greetings, home and fashion, Top Drawer offers something for every visitor.

Top Drawer offers you the opportunity to showcase your products to over 6000 visitors. You will have the opportunity to meet with independent retailers, large department store buyers and other industry professionals, enabling you to expand your professional network with a number of new contacts.

Spring Fair International takes place at the NEC Birmingham each February and is a retail buying event where buyers come to source their stock for the coming year.  It is the UK’s leading retail buying event for gifts, homewares, greetings & jewellery and attracts an audience with the greatest buying power of any UK event of its kind, with over 71,000 visitors attending in 2010. 

Spring Fair International offers you an opportunity to attract new customers, meet with existing ones and most importantly, to boost your sales:

  • 52,500* visitors attended the 2009 event from over 37,500 companies.
  • 10,096 were international visitors, from over 90 countries.
  • An opportunity to meet thousands of high-spending retailers, from all corners of the UK and thousands from overseas, at this key time of year.
  • Key decision makers from major multiples, department stores, supermarkets, garden centres, independents, e-retailers, mail order and wholesalers.
  • Benefit from a major international marketing campaign targeting a phenomenal database of over 250,000 visitors around the world.
  • Join a line-up of the world’s leading brands, major UK players and exciting independent suppliers.

Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. It features over 150 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world. The fair also includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.  Frieze Art Fair is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The exhibiting galleries represent the most exciting contemporary galleries working today. The focus on living artists is also evident in the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects’ programme. The fair presents a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with art and artists directly.  Visit Frieze Art Fair for more information and tickets can be purchased from 1 June each year.

Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation, which was established the same year as the fair (2003). The foundation oversees: Frieze Talks, a programme of panel discussions and lectures printed annually during the four days of the fair; Frieze Projects, a curated programme of site-specific projects by artists in and around the fair; The Cartier Award, annually presented to an international emerging artist. The foundation also administers Frieze Music, Frieze Education and Frieze Film.

Relaunched at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2009, COLLECT has an enviable reputation as a premier, annual fair for contemporary craft. Through its presentation of work from the best international applied artists, COLLECT has become a prestigious event in the international cultural calendar gaining the respect and support of many private collectors, museum curators and galleries.  COLLECT will return to the Saatchi Gallery on London’s Kings Road in May.  COLLECT has established itself as the event to view and buy the best in contemporary craft. Over 10,000 visitors attended COLLECT 2009, with international private collectors and public institutions, including the V&A and the National Museums of Scotland, making significant acquisitions.

Following on from last year’s success, COLLECT has seen a significant increase in the number of exhibitor applicants for the fair in 2010, making this year’s selection process fiercely competitive. This year some 300 artists will exhibit work at COLLECT, representing 36 galleries from the UK and Ireland, Central Europe and Scandinavia as well as the United States, Japan and Australia. First-time exhibitors for 2010 include the Netherland’s Flatland Gallery and London’s Galerie Besson. COLLECT 2010 is also delighted to welcome back Swedish gallery blås&knåda, London-based Cockpit Arts, Ruthin Craft Centre from Wales and Liverpool’s Bluecoat Display Centre. COLLECT 2010 will present both established artists and new talent, covering all disciplines: ceramics, glass, jewellery, silver and fine metalwork, textiles, and wood and furniture.  Visit COLLECT for more information about the event, together with details of how to get tickets and how to take part in future events.

The British Craft Trade Fair represents the very best British makers, an exhibition with over 500 stands, where buyers and exhibitors alike are inspired by quality, originality and variety of products.  Designer makers who are chosen to exhibit at bctf represent a wide selection of disciplines with a carefully planned balance between established makers and newcomers. They all symbolise the best of British contemporary art and design and without doubt they are instrumental in influencing future trends within your industry.  Buyers include galleries, heritage outlets, garden centres, department stores, interior design practises and independent retailers. Such is the reputation of bctf that buyers travel from all over the world to visit the fair.  This event takes place annually in April in Harrogate in North Yorkshire, visit British Craft Trade Fair for more information and to apply to take part in the next event.

Autumn Fair International is the season’s leading home and gift trade exhibition – perfectly timed for festive buying and spring previews, it takes place at the NEC in Birmingham in September.  The Autumn Fair International has two main buying zones, Giving and Living, housing twelve diverse product areas, so whatever your speciality, there’s a platform for your products:

  • Meet thousands of high-spending retailers at this key time of year.
  • Make contact with every type of retailer including multiples, independents, online and mail order.
  • Do business with buyers from all corners of the UK and from overseas.
  • Take advantage of the dedicated show sectors and the synergy with each.
  • Join a line-up of the world’s leading brands, major UK players and exciting independent suppliers.
  • Benefit from a global marketing campaign targeting a phenomenal database of international retailers.


Visit Autumn Fair International for more information and to find our how to take part.

100% Design is the UK’s leading contemporary interiors event for the contract market, attracting key manufacturers, star designers and major specifiers from the UK and overseas. There is no other show that connects the worlds of architecture and design with innovative, contemporary interior products, creativity and an exciting mix of new and established talent.

100% Design’s core audience is London based architects and interior designers. London is an acknowledged global hub for specification, especially for hospitality and commercial projects in the UK, Middle East, Far East and China. Over 26,000 design professionals visit 100% Design annually to find inspiration for live projects and actively source product for schemes from around the world.  Architects and Interior designers acknowledge 100% Design as the key point in time to meet with innovative suppliers and source new products, especially furniture.  Visit 100% Design to find out more.