I always attend the Spring Fair at the NEC each year. It’s a huge exhibition with exhibitors expanding over 20 halls this year. A lot of walking! Met some fantastic exhibitors and got some great feedback on my 2018 licenced designs.
It’s also nice to catch up with existing clients, chat face to face for a change instead of by email or phone and show them my new designs.
This year was also a bit different for me as I have a few products on show at the DIT stand in Hall 9 and a networking lunch with a number of overseas clients, some of which I have some work from!
This trip was fantastic! Not only were we superbly looked after by the DIT, but the organising of everything from ferry to hotels to restaurants ran so smoothly.
The British delegates, all 23 of us, had to each make a 60 second elevator pitch to a room full of Dutch buyers and retailers but we even got to go to an impromptu trade exhibition that just happened to be on in Amsterdam whilst we were there.
It was overall an insightful trip into the buying trends of the Dutch and I met some fantastic British entrepreneurs.