Following several false starts, Spring Long Point is almost upon us – and a welcome sourcing opportunity for buyers keen to peruse the latest from a selection of leading UK and international upholstery, cabinet, bedroom and lifestyle accessories brands …

Taking place in Long Eaton from 24-27th May, Spring Long Point is set to finally break the industry’s trade show fast. Organised by the Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers, the biannual fair differs from the trade show norm as it takes place across the Derbyshire town’s myriad furniture showrooms and mills, making it an intimate and inspiring experience, yet enabling visitors to keep a safe distance if required.

“Long Point enjoys the reputation of being the most relaxed and enjoyable furniture exhibition within the UK,” says the guild’s chairman, Andrew Mitchell. “Our autumn event last year was an endorsement of this, when, under strict Covid-19 rules, the sound of manufacturers and retailers enjoying meeting face to face for the first time in months in relaxed surroundings echoed throughout the showrooms.

“Long Eaton continues to be the ideal location for a furniture exhibition, further endorsed by the addition of three new locations and six major brands joining us. 

“All signs indicate a growth in furniture sales now that restrictions have been eased, and we hope that you will take this opportunity of viewing the latest collections from all exhibitors.”

As well as the established showrooms in central Long Eaton, this year’s show encompasses several hotel locations: Holiday Inn; Novotel (for a 12% discount on room rate, quote ‘Long Eaton Exhibition’; and the nearby Village Hotel (for a 10% discount on room rate, quote ‘COR10’).

The show is open from 9am-5pm daily, and courtesy transport is available to and from East Midlands Airport and Long Eaton Railway Station to all showroom location – call the exhibition helpline on 0115 973 4481 for assistance.

Finally, Andrew would like to clarify that the contact details published for two of the show's exhibitors in the mailed invitations are incorrect – Andrew Dowes at ALF/Bontempi can be reached on 07977 560555, and Tamarisk Designs' David Archibald on 07538 430147.

May's issue of Furniture News, coming soon, will feature an in-depth show preview.