18 May 2024, 14:49
By Furniture News Jul 10, 2015

Manchester show notes increase in southern visitor potential

The number of pre-registered visitors to the sell-out Manchester Furniture Show has increased significantly compared to the same time in previous years, the show's organiser has announced. The show has also attracted a greater number of pre-registered visitors from south of Birmingham.

With Manchester only two hours away by train from Euston, it is within easy reach of retailers in the south, as Christine Hawes from Bentalls in Kingston-upon Thames says: "It’s only Manchester! Just 200 miles and 3.5 hours away. With an early start you could be there and back with plenty of time to see the show in a day. To see over 100 suppliers that’s a very productive use of time. Well worth a visit in my book.”

There are several reasons for the increase in pre-registrations: the draw of so many strong exhibitors from both the UK and abroad exhibiting; the general rise in optimism in the furniture and furnishings market; and the success of the January Furniture Show, organised by the same team behind the Manchester event.

Delighted with the early commitment to visit what promises to be the busiest and best attended show for some years, Theresa Raymond, show director, comments: “Even before the show starts we are getting a greater sense of enthusiasm and expectation about this edition from exhibitors and visitors than we have experienced before. 

"The increase in pre-registered visitors, particularly from the south, indicates how important Manchester now is for retailers to come and select the latest, commercially viable designs for their stores. Quite simply, retailers can’t afford to miss it. We are looking forward to a busy show.”

The event will open at 9.30am on 19th July.

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