Charlie Cracknell has been appointed portfolio director for Spring Fair, and will be in the post from April, assisting in shaping the strategic direction of the show.

With over 20 years of international event experience, Charlie has held a number of senior sales and event leadership roles working across multiple sectors, and has built successful customer-focused events and communities.

Julie Driscoll, Spring and Autumn Fair’s new MD, says: “Charlie has a wealth of experience in shaping wider business strategies, leading global projects and helping to implement best practice. He will be reporting to me, and the team are very much looking forward to him starting in his new role.”

Charlie adds: “I’d like to thank Julie and the team at Spring Fair for the opportunity to take up a role at such an exciting time for what is one of the most established and respected brands in the business. It’s fantastic to be involved, and I’m already planning a concierge matchmaking programme for the show, aimed at finding and matching buyers with the ideal exhibitors. I’m thoroughly looking forward to making my mark in a re-edit year that will see some real innovation and bold changes for the brand.”

Last week, Spring Fair, the UK’s largest source of gift and home decor, announced that it will undergo its first major re-edit in eight years for the 2020 show. This year’s edition took place at Birmingham’s NEC last week, with over 2,000 exhibitors present across 15 distinct show sectors.

Bluebone's Elaine Anderson comments: “We launched 100 new products at Spring Fair which were very well received and we have had lots of orders placed. It’s very well attended and offers lots of breadth and depth of products for home and gift sectors.”