Last updated 31st August 2022:
This blog is regularly updated with latest information for tradeshows coming up.
Exhibiting at trade fairs is one of the main ways for publishers to meet new buyers or agents and obtain sales leads from both at home and abroad. They are also a part of the greeting card social calendar, where existing publishers catch up with old colleagues and new publishers are able to meet each other under one roof. This is the time when, as a new publisher, you realise that there is a whole greeting card world out there!
Before deciding to exhibit, it is advisable to visit the major fairs. This will help you to decide which would be the most appropriate fair for your products. It is important to research each fair, taking into account the time of year, price of the stands, distance from your base, cost of accommodation and the size of the fair. Read this GCA blog on preparing for your first tradeshow.
Below is the latest information from the main greeting card trade shows in the UK, which attract a regional or nationwide audience. There may also be local trade shows close to you, so it’s worth checking them out too.
Progressive Greetings Live
Progressive Greetings Live is organised by Max Exhibitions Ltd, sister company to Max Publishing who publish the Trade Magazine Progressive Greetings. This show is fully dedicated to greeting cards and takes place in June at the Business Design Centre. GCA members receive special reduced rates on stands at this show.
The next PGLive is 6th-7th June 2023.
Spring Fair takes place from first Sunday in February at the Birmingham NEC. The next show will be Sunday 5th-Wednesday 8th February 2023. There are thousands of exhibitors showcasing ranges of products including giftware, design-led products, pictures and prints, jewellery, collectibles, china and glass, furniture, home furnishings, housewares, stationery and of course greeting cards.
There’s a special section in the greeting card hall called Debut, which gives GCA members exhibiting for the first time an opportunity to try out the show at a reduced rate, and be in a signposted area with other young companies click here for more information.
Autumn Fair is the sister event to Spring Fair, and largely follows the same format. It takes place over four days from the first Sunday in September, again at the NEC Birmingham.
There is a Debut area in the greetings hall, operated in association with the GCA, to give first time exhibitors a taste of the show at a reduced rate. This area is popular with buyers looking for new publishers.
This year the exhibition will be back physically on 4-7th September 2022, The Autumn Fair has announced its Safe and Secure Guidelines for visitors and exhibitors to ensure it provides a space for Covid-safe trading, networking, inspiration and more, as the retail industry gets back up and running.
Click here to register https://www.autumnfair.com/visitor-registration
Top Drawer takes place in Spring (January) and Autumn (September). The shows focus on design-led gifts and accessories, featuring a wide range of products including greeting cards and gift stationery, jewellery, gifts, toiletries, home accessories, soft furnishings and children’s products.
The next Top Drawer will be held 11th-13th September 2022.
To sign up for the 15-17 January 2023 show click here.
Home & Gift
Home and Gift is held each July in Harrogate in a combination of hotels, exhibition halls and marquees all within walking distance of the town centre and each other. Over 775 exhibitors showcase ranges of products including general giftware, design-led products, home and decorative accessories, stationery, greeting cards, pictures and prints, jewellery, collectibles, china and glass and volume giftware.
The next show will go ahead on the 16th-10th July 2023.
Brand Licensing Europe
Held annually in October, Brand Licensing Europe is the leading event for licensing and brand extension. Exhibitors at Brand Licensing Europe showcase their images, artwork, designs, brands and characters to an audience of around 4300 European retailers, licensees and promotional marketers who are actively seeking new licensing opportunities. Brand Licensing Europe takes place 20th-22nd September at ExCeL, London.
Brand Licensing Europe
Venue: ExCeL https://www.brandlicensing.eu/
London Stationery Show
London Stationery Show is dedicated to writing and paper products, featuring the biggest selection of writing and paper products from around the world. Targeted at stationery and gift buyers, exhibitors include 150+ of the biggest UK and international names alongside exciting new brands.
London Stationery Show
Dates: 16th-17th May 2023
Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Glee is the UK’s leading garden and outdoor living trade show, returning as an in-person event from 27th-29th June 2023 at the NEC Birmingham.
The show celebrates the growing demands of gardening and outdoor living across nine future-focused show sectors, including Home, Gift & Clothing, Plants, Outdoor Entertaining, plus thousands of products across Garden Care, Landscaping & Garden Decorations, Food & Catering, Retail Experience & Services, Hardware & Tools and PAW for pets.