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Exhibiting at Trade Fairs

Exhibiting at trade fairs is the main way for companies to meet new buyers or agents and obtain sales leads from both at home and abroad. They are also a part of the greeting card social calendar, where existing publishers catch up with old colleagues and eye up the competition and new publishers are able to meet each other under one roof. This is the time when, as a new publisher, you realise that there is a whole greeting card world out there!

Before deciding to exhibit, it is advisable to visit the major fairs. This will help you to decide which would be the most appropriate fair for your products. It is important to research each fair, taking into account the time of year, price of the stands, distance from your base, cost of accommodation and the size of the fair.

Progressive Greetings Live

This is the latest addition to the greeting card trade fair calendar, taking place in June of each year. Organised by Progressive Greetings, the GCA's official magazine, this show is fully dedicated to greeting cards. GCA members receive special reduced rates on stands at this show.

Venue: The Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Contact: Progressive Greetings Live
Tracey Arnaud, direct line: 01234 740051
www.progressivegreetingslive.co.uk

Spring and Autumn Fairs

Spring and Autumn Fairs take place over five and four days respectively from the first Sunday in February and September at the NEC Birmingham. There are thousands of exhibitors showcasing ranges of products from: general and volume giftware to design-led products; stationery and greeting cards to pictures and prints; jewellery and collectibles to china and glass; home and decorative accessories to housewares.

Spring Fair International
Venue: NEC Birmingham
Contact: Emap TPS
020 8277 5800
www.springfair.com

Autumn Fair Birmingham
Venue: NEC Birmingham
Contact: Emap TPS
020 8277 5800
www.autumnfair.com

Top Drawer

Top Drawer takes place in Spring (January) and Autumn (September) and the shows are the UK's leading events for design-led gifts and accessories. Each show features a wide range of products including greeting cards and gift stationery, jewellery, gifts, toiletries, home accessories, soft furnishings and children's products.

Top Drawer
Venues: Kensington Olympia, London
Contact: Clarion Events
Ticket Hotline: 01923 690 645
Exhibitors: 020 7370 8216
www.topdraweronline.com

Home & Gift

Home and Gift is held each July in Harrogate in a combination of hotels, exhibition halls and marquees all within walking distance of the town centre and each other. Over 775 exhibitors showcase ranges of products including general giftware, design-led products, home and decorative accessories, stationery, greeting cards, pictures and prints, jewellery, collectibles, china and glass and volume giftware.

Home & Gift
Venue: Harrogate Show Halls and Marquees
Contact: Clarion Events
Exhibitors: 0207 384 7730
www.homeandgift.co.uk

Brand Licensing Europe

Held annually in October, Brand Licensing Europe is the leading event for licensing and brand extension. Exhibitors at Brand Licensing Europe showcase their images, artwork, designs, brands and characters to an audience of around 4300 European retailers, licensees and promotional marketers who are actively seeking new licensing opportunities. Brand Licensing Europe 2017 takes place in October at The Grand Hall, Olympia, London.

Brand Licensing Europe
Venue: The Grand Hall, Olympia, London
Contact: Advanstar Communications
Ticket Hotline: 020 8956 2664
Exhibitors: 020 8956 2663
www.brandlicensingeurope.com

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