Last week’s Exclusively Show (held at The Business Design Centre in London on June 14 and June 15) saw footfall 28% up on last year and ahead of many pre-pandemic shows, with enthusiastic feedback from exhibitors, buyers and media visitors.
Commenting on the success, Exclusively chair Will Jones, who is also chief operating officer of the event’s owner BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), said: “Exclusively 2022 was a fabulous event with lots of energy and excitement throughout. Coming on the back of a tough two years, this is particularly welcome, and provides great evidence for how much the electricals, tabletop and housewares sectors enjoy face-to-face contact and networking.”
“The show was a sell-out with great support from the whole industry, and I was particularly delighted with the retailer buy-in to the initiatives we offered upfront. And we delivered our busiest-ever international Meet the Buyer event on Monday evening with retailers coming from all over the globe including USA and South Africa”Exclusively chair Will Jones
He continued: “The show was a sell-out with great support from the whole industry, and I was particularly delighted with the retailer buy-in to the initiatives we offered upfront. And we delivered our busiest-ever international Meet the Buyer event on Monday evening with retailers coming from all over the globe including USA and South Africa. This is especially pleasing in the context of Covid and Brexit – clearly, international retailers are still keen on doing business with UK suppliers.
“The trend areas had more retailers booked on Trend Tours and Trend Talks than ever before and enjoyed very high levels of engagement. The Brand Showcase played host to literally hundreds of media visitors and influencers and included a very well-attended product launch by Swan, working with top ‘cleanfluencer’ Lynsey Crombie, the ‘Queen of Clean’.
“The Launchpad area for break-through suppliers also had its best year, with some excellent feedback from exhibitors, while new show features such as wine tastings with Olly Smith and Jeremy Pang’s video creation proved popular.”
Will noted: “Given the visitor numbers and the success of the show’s events and features, it’s fantastic – but not surprising – that we had record rebookings for 2023 before the show even ended. In fact, over a third of the hall is already rebooked. Overall, Exclusively was a great success and that is very gratifying. The team put a huge amount of effort behind all the initiatives, and we were superbly supported by exhibitors and visitors. It also reinforces what the industry does best: engaging with customers, meeting face-to-face and networking with peers.”