27 May 2024, 13:22
By Furniture News Jan 25, 2024

Hyve celebrates Louise Young's legacy

Hyve Group, organiser of exhibitions including Spring Fair and Autumn Fair, has paid tribute to Louise Young, those events' long-time figurehead, who has passed away. 

Louise played an instrumental role in shaping the success of many of Hyve's events, including launching Pure London, and running and reimagining Spring and Autumn Fair for over 25 years.

In 2018, she passed the baton to Julie Driscoll, now Hyve's executive VP, who says: "The shows, the customers and all of us owe you a huge thank you. We mourn your loss, but we will commit to burn brightly every day for you, lovely Lou.

Mark Shashoua, Hyve's CEO, adds: "Louise was a remarkable woman who I had the pleasure of working alongside for a number of years. Her inspiring leadership, the championing of UK retail and her refreshingly unique style are what made her a truly stand-out leader.

"I think I speak on behalf of everyone at Hyve and our customers throughout the retail sector, that we are so saddened at losing Louise so soon. Having worked closely with Louise, I can attest to the joy she brought to the workplace. Her leadership qualities and commercial acumen earned her the respect of many within the industry. On behalf of the whole Hyve team, I want to express my deep respect and admiration for Louise and sadness and support for her husband, James."

Hyve continues: "As we remember Louise, we extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew her. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. Louise's passing is a profound loss to our industry, but she leaves behind an enormous legacy that will continue to inspire and shape the future of our events, as well as independent businesses and women in leadership."

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