The British Craft Trade Fair has been acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions in a new deal.
Kerrison Exhibitions Limited acquired The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) after completing a deal with previous owner, PSM Limited. After the cancellation of the event in April 2020 and 2021 due to lockdown, PSM Limited were forced to seek a new owner.
A live edition of BCTF will take place from April 10-12, 2022 at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, Kerrison Exhibitions have confirmed. As an immediate goodwill gesture, exhibitors who booked to participate in BCTF 2020 before the pandemic struck will have the opportunity to take up their stands next year at no further cost.
Previous owner, Margeret Bunn, will continue to work on the fair as a consultant and mentor for the community of British designers she has supported over the past two decades as the Fair Director.
Mrs Bunn said, â€œThe timing of lockdown could not have been worse for us, but Iâ€™m pleased to have found a solution which both guarantees the continuation of BCTF and honours the agreements made with exhibitors before the pandemic turned all our worlds upside down. The vast majority of exhibitors have been incredibly understanding and supportive of the predicament we found ourselves in and itâ€™s a big relief that their faith and support will be rewarded at next yearâ€™s event. The showâ€™s new owners have proven capability, experience and are well-funded. Iâ€™m confident this will mark a bright new chapter in the ongoing evolution of BCTF, an event which means so much to both me personally and the entire community of British makersâ€.
The owner of Kerrison Exhibitions, Matt Miller, said, â€œBritish Craft Trade Fair is an exceptional brand with over 45 yearsâ€™ heritage as a market leader in its sector and I strongly believe it has a great future ahead. Iâ€™m pleased to confirm weâ€™ll carry all existing stand bookings over to the show in Harrogate next year. The market for British Crafts has grown really well over the past few years and there is every indication that it will go from strength to strength in future, with many consumers now committed to shopping local and supporting British made. Weâ€™ve a very strong platform to build on and Iâ€™m delighted to have the opportunity to take the show forward with the help of the same expert and dedicated team whoâ€™ve worked so incredibly hard to keep BCTF alive throughout lockdown.â€
An extended digital edition of BCTF is confirmed as going ahead on June 27 to July 1 this year, in partnership with specialist event technology developer, denre.com.
For more information on British Craft Trade Fair and to register your interest in the show as either a buyer or a maker, visit the website: https://bctf.co.uk/