Play and tech will be the topic of focus for the toy industry at this year’s Autumn Fair, as the show prepares to recalibrate and launch its new direction for 2019 and beyond.
The NEC show will be unveiling a raft of new initiatives and changes this year, kicking off with a move to the exhibition centre’s Atrium, as part of a ‘re-edited offering’ designed to make connecting suppliers and retailers a smoother process, and showcase products better.
11 curated show sectors will enable visitors to explore the products driving sales throughout the busy Christmas period and on into key selling periods for 2020. All gifting categories have been brought together into one Gift sector, in turn creating the UK’s largest gathering of gift inspiration under one roof.
Likewise, the 2019 move will bring together the show’s home and interiors sectors, creating a new sourcing and exhibiting destination for UK and international buyers and suppliers.
More than 22,000 visitors, and 1,300 exhibitors are expected to descend on the NEC for the show. New show sectors include: Beauty & Wellbeing, Living, Gift, Greetings & Stationary, Accents and Decor, Everyday, Retail Solution, Fashion, and Play & Tech.
Meanwhile, with the global retail sourcing and procurement market expected to grow by nearly 12 per cent in the period up to 2024*, Autumn Fair 2019 will look to support retailers in sourcing goods internationally. Sourcing at Autumn Fair is a new sector that will enable manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the world to exhibit new products and showcase techniques to a new and relevant retail market.
International manufacturers coming to Autumn Fair from Portugal, Indonesia, China and India, amongst other nations, will be bringing products relevant for buyers for gift, home, toys, fashion and kitchen and dining.
Julie Driscoll, managing director at Autumn Fair, said: “The new sourcing hall will bring the best of the world to our door, ensuring that buyers who ordinarily wouldn’t have the resource to commit to costly trips abroad to visit potential suppliers can make connections here at Autumn Fair.
“Not only that, but we’ll be pushing to attract more international retailers to buy from the UK-based suppliers that are the foundation of our show.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that we share the latest trend intelligence for international vendors to ensure that they’re bringing the most relevant products for the UK market.”