Welcome to our June Newsletter
It's been a few months since BCTF 2019 and the dust has finally settled, hundreds of rebooks came in during the fair and many more since, making this spring our busiest since the recession.
A 24% increase in buyer numbers saw hundreds of makers writing good orders and many have already received reorders.
British-made products are in demand and we know that what we offer is high-end British crafts from reliable makers, to whom we give totally free business mentoring and PR support to help ensure their success.
This is the time to shout about supporting British based companies, and there is nowhere better for you to discover them than at BCTF, the largest fair dedicated to makers and designers creating amazing collection right here in the UK. BCTF is a one stop shop for buyers wanting something original and handmade with love and creativity.
An easy reach from the centre of Harrogate and free parking onsite just a few paces from the entrance makes visiting BCTF hassle free and a pleasure from start to finish.
The introduction of a retail day has been received enthusiastically by both makers and buyers. This incentive will help makers financially as it generally requires 3 years to establish themselves with trade buyers, making it hard for start-ups to invest in the trade route. The retail day will enable makers to make a return on their first showing at BCTF allowing them to reinvest in their future trade journey. More new companies offering trade means more choice for you, the buyer, and in a rapidly changing retail environment this can only be a good thing.
We believe that raising public awareness of exhibitor products, including those stocked in the local area, will increase footfall to Yorkshire-based galleries. Demand outstrips supply so makers promoting the shops stocking their work locally will encourage future sales through that stockist.