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BCTF opens to public

Trade-only show extended by one day so consumers can buy direct from makers


OPENING to the public for one day is a major new development for the British Craft Trade Fair.

Show organiser Margeret Bunn has announced the changes for the 2020 edition of the long-running show, adding an extra day so on Saturday, April 4, the general public will be allowed in to discover new and innovative products from British designer-makers.
The other three days, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 5-7, at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate are for trade-only buyers.
Margaret said: “In its 45-year history BCTF has been open solely to trade buyers, but next year we will open the doors for one day to the public, allowing consumers to buy directly from the designer makers exhibiting here.
“This is a real celebration of all things British and handmade. Demand from the public for locally made, sustainable products is running at an all-time high and we want to do everything possible to help our exhibitors bring their crafts to market.
“BCTF is where people come to discover new and innovative products of the highest quality and they deserve to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.”
BCTF 2019, meanwhile, proved to be a resounding success, with visitor numbers up by 24 per cent compared to the 2018 show, and many exhibitors reporting that trade has been exceptional as retailers lined up to place orders on their stands.
“It has shaped up to be a fabulous edition of BCTF,” Margeret added, “buyers are aware that demand for handmade British products has increased over the years and they are keen to offer something new and unique to their customers.
“We have some incredibly talented designer-makers from all parts of the UK who are creating the most beautiful crafts, so it’s well worth the visit for gallery owners, gift shops, tourism destinations and other discerning retailers.”

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