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By <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"> Sean Holt </div> Oct 11, 2022

London's fabric fair set for February

Prospective exhibitors can book their places for next year’s London Fabric Show, which is already shaping up to be better than ever, says BFM MD, Sean Holt …

As a result of the success of the new-look London Fabric Show in 2022, we’re delighted that new and returning exhibitors from across the UK and Europe are already securing their places for next year’s show.

This is the furniture industry’s flagship event for fabric, and we’re pleased that the changes introduced in 2022 to increase the capacity and choice available to buyers has been welcomed by exhibitors and buyers alike.

The 2023 show will return to the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court on 28th February and 1st March, and will include private showrooms on the exhibition floor as well as new catering options on the show floor and at the on-site restaurant and pub.

The show draws in world-renowned manufacturers and suppliers from across Europe, including Italy, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Germany and the UK, and 70% of the companies who exhibited at the show in 2022 have already confirmed their return. Fabrics on show will include wools, tweeds, velvets, cottons, linens, chenille, silks, leathers, faux leathers, backing fabrics and FR treatments. Alongside the fabrics and accessories on display, the latest advances in fabric protection and cleaning treatments will also be presented.

BFM has built a reputation for delivering a high-quality event with leading fabric buyers in the UK market. This year’s edition saw 98% of buyers achieve their objectives at the show.

Our intention is to continually improve and add to our growing database and reputation by attracting more buyers from British furnituremakers, with a real push this year to increase the number of buyers from bed manufacturers and contract furniture suppliers. The show is a one-stop shop for volume buyers of materials used in soft furnishing and upholstery, as well as providing a venue for showcasing leading fabric and accessory suppliers.

It is our aim to offer British furniture manufacturers the opportunity to source high-quality designs and innovative contemporary and traditional fabrics for upholstery, bed, and soft furnishings at price points to match their respective budgets.

The show is by invitation only, which enables exhibitors to showcase their products directly to a key, professional audience, offering opportunities to network with colleagues across the industry.

In line with one of BFM’s key strategic objectives, we are committed to reinvesting all profit made from the event into the furniture industry and our membership.  This is an exhibition run by the industry for the industry. We will continue to invest and evolve the show for the future, and now look forward to delivering further growth, attracting more exhibitors and a wider audience of international buyers for the 2023 event.

The ILEC Conference Centre offers easy access, being within walking distance of West Brompton and Earls Court stations. It also has on-site car parking and accommodation and is close to the A4, with easy access to the M4, M5 and M40.Companies interested in joining a world-class line-up of exhibitors are urged to make contact with us as soon as possible to secure their space on the floorplan.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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