Hyve, the organiser of Autumn Fair – a key marketplace for the home and gift retail industry – and the co-located Jewellery & Watch and Fashion (JWF), has announced changes to the scheduled event in 2020.
As a reflection on conversations between the organisers and exhibitors and visitors, Hyve has made the decision that Autumn Fair and JWF 2020 will not take place this year.
Hyve Group has confirmed that Spring Fair will go ahead between 7-11 February 2021. Meanwhile, Autumn Fair will return to the NEC between 5-8 September 2021.
Hyve and the team behind Autumn Fair and JWF are now working closely with their partners and clients to deliver a virtual forum this September with exclusive seminar content and practical advice designed to educate and inform participants. More information on the virtual forum will be available on the website in due course.
Jessica Dawnay, event director, Spring and Autumn Fair, says: “We have been listening to both our exhibitors and visitors, and the feedback from the market has been incredibly supportive of Autumn Fair. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take a fresh approach and launch a virtual forum this September.
“We are also looking forward to when the industry can meet again in person and will focus all efforts and resources on helping the industry bounce back in 2021, both at Spring Fair in February 2021, and Autumn Fair taking place 5-8 September 2021.”
Peter Lockey of The Puppet Company ¬– one of the companies taking part in the newly announced Virtual Forum – says: “Autumn Fair is consistently one of our favourite and important exhibitions of the year. That said, the idea of a virtual show is inspired, and I look forward to getting fully involved in showcasing our latest puppet and soft toy collections online.”
Autumn Fair and JWF continue to provide exclusive webinars, industry news and product updates that keeps the home and gift retail community informed, connected and inspired on The Community hub.