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Rush off to Autumn Fair

Mary Portas on stage today at 2pm as eager buyers flock to season’s big show


AUTUMN Fair is well underway with eager buyers flocking to the NEC Birmingham for the opening of the newly-located show yesterday.

And with the majority of greetings exhibitors now situated in Hall 6 after organisers ITE Events moved the four-day Autumn Fair to the Atrium side of the venue, they have had the chance to take a look at their stands and layout.
Rush Design have increased the size of their Autumn Fair stand and combined it with an exciting new look – by the end of day one yesterday, Sunday, September 1, designer and owner Lorraine Bradley said “We’ve had so many positive comments about our stand with its feature wall and comfy sofa. It’s been a real talking point.
“With a great first day at the stand (6E14) the New Blossom additions and large cards have been a real hit with the buyers. There’s also a new brochure showcasing the complete Blossom collection – pop by the stand and collect yours.”
Retailer Dave Hockridge, from Present Surprise in Chichester, said: “Lorraine and Rush Desigh are one of the best card companies we deal with. I’d recommend to all – barring the shops in the same city as ours!”
The Art File’s portfolio is on display (6E41) along with their last-minute Christmas offer while Cardgains have a different type of stand (6C21), simply featuring the buying group’s services to retailers, while Dean Morris Cards (6E16) have gone large to celebrate their 20th anniversary of outraging and amusing the nation in equal measure with their naughty humour.
Jeremy Corner has been busy on his Blue Eyed Sun stand (6A43) where a customer declared their BambooCup line “the number one product at Autumn Fair”, and he also featured in yesterday’s seminar line-up speaking on Going Plastic-Free, tying in with the show’s Power Of One message about how individual actions can build up to make a difference on sustainability.
Today’s big draw is Queen Of Shops Mary Portas, who is in conversation at 2pm on the Inspiring Retail Stage with The Times retail editor Ashley Armstrong, and then tomorrow, Tuesday, sees An Audience With Theo Paphitis, with the ex-Dragon’s Den star also on stage at 2pm.
And the Retail Skills Theatre has two offering sfrom Giftware Association deputy chairman and independent retail advisor Henri Davis, who is also a regular Greetings Today columnist, with How To Build A Unique In-Store Experience Without Breaking The Bank tomorrow at 3pm, followed by Negotiation Skills: If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get slot on the show’s final day on Wednesday at 10.45am.

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