20 July 2024, 17:37
By Furniture News Mar 22, 2024

Registration open for returning Manchester Furniture Show

The furniture industry’s summer show is back by popular demand – registration has now opened for the Manchester Furniture Show (MFS), which is making its return this July after a five-year hiatus.

Having run for 28 years previously, MFS will be relaunching at Manchester Central from the 10-11th July, making the North "the furniture industry’s summer meeting place once again", says organiser Clarion Events.

This year’s show relaunch promises to offer a unique blend of networking, inspiration, and summer sourcing.

Retailers and exhibitors alike have been asking for MFS’ return. Jeff Hughes, director of Housing Units, says that attending MFS is "a no-brainer for us, and we’re glad it’s back, as buying for us is a 365-day affair and we tend to work six months in advance".

Timed at the beginning of the second buying season, MFS provides an opportunity for mid-year buying, which is crucial for pre-Christmas sales. With over 40% of visitors doing the bulk of their orders in the latter half of the year, MFS is an industry-leading event that brands and retailers cannot afford to miss, says Clarion.

With an anticipated over 100 brands to explore, retailers, designers, manufacturers and distributors from across the UK will unite for two days of sourcing, inspiration and socialising – including new designs from the likes of Buoyant Upholstery, BlueBone Imports, Creation Italia/Incanto, Dappr, Final Touches Trading, Harmony Furnishings, Kennett & Lindsell, Kettle Home, La-Z-Boy, Lebus Upholstery, Taylors of Scotland and Heritage.

"Networking is as much a part of MFS as the sourcing, and this year won't disappoint," Clarion continues. "With the Summer Solstice Show Party on the 10th July, visitors and exhibitors can celebrate MFS’ return in a relaxed setting, perfect for casual networking.

"Then, on the 11th July, the Women in Furniture Network will be hosting a Leadership Brunch with a talk from Melinda Whittington, CEO at La-Z-Boy Inc, speaking on her career journey and advice for women in the industry. Both are invaluable opportunities to meet and mingle with the furniture community in an easy, laid back atmosphere."

Clarion's retail portfolio director Zoe Bonser says: "We are delighted to finally bring back the Manchester Furniture Show following a five-year break – now is the right time to provide sourcing and networking opportunities for the industry in the historic city of Manchester. Running the second-biggest show for the industry is a privilege, and we look forward to celebrating with the furniture community this summer."

Find out more and register by clicking here.

Suppliers interested in reserving exhibiting space are encouraged to contact Shona Carmichael ([email protected]) or Roberta Bontempo ([email protected]).


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