British designer makers are getting ready for their most important trade exhibition in two years with the return of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) in Harrogate this 10-12 April.
Unique in the trade exhibition calendar for its exclusive dedication to handmade British crafts, BCTF will showcase an exceptional array of design talent from across the crafting spectrum of ceramics, glasswork, fine art, cards and stationery, fashion accessories, textiles and soft furnishings, home fragrance products, hand-crafted jewellery and more.
Hundreds of designer-makers are participating in the event, with many using BCTF as their first-ever launchpad to the retail trade. The strong contingent of newcomers is flanked by many experienced crafters and long-time BCTF exhibitors, who are thrilled at the opportunity to return in person to this much-loved trade show.
With British consumers more determined than ever to support both British handicrafts and local retailers, this promises to be a very important event for the UK market, as independent companies seek to strengthen their position in an ever-evolving and challenging retail-scape.
Show Director Kane Thomas comments: “The crafting community is getting very excited about our return to Harrogate this April and I’m extremely proud that we’ve got such a fantastic event lined-up, despite all the challenges of the past year. Kerrison Exhibitions’ major investment in BCTF has kept the show on the road and we are looking forward to welcoming our loyal retail audience back to the Yorkshire Event Centre when the doors finally open after two years.
“The market for British handmade has never been stronger so now is the time for retailers the length and breadth of the UK to show their support for local talent and ensure consumers are shown what British makers can do!”
BCTF will take place at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate this 10-12 April. Visitors are offered free on-site parking while there will be a complimentary shuttle bus running throughout the event from Harrogate train station. Register for free entry here.