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May Design Series makes its mark
The May Design Series closed its doors last Tuesday following three days of business, where high-calibre retailers, contract buyers and interior designers attended from across the UK and internationally. A total of 10,051 top-quality visitors attended - continuing the 1% year on year increase that the event is recording.
C.P Hart, John Lewis, Homebase, Mark Nicholas Designs, Sykes Bathrooms, Tesco, Bathstore, B&Q, Two Guys Kitchens, Staffan Tollgard, Nicholas Haslam and Tara Bernerd & Partners are a sample of the lucrative attendees.
Talk of top quality visitors has dominated feedback from exhibitors:
Sarah Wells from Doca, told event organiser UBM Live Built Environment: "We have been glad to have experienced such good quality of visitors at May Design Series. Key decision makers have walked up to our stand and spoken with our own decision-makers. People have been visiting our stand not purely to enquire, but to do business."
Gareth Tyrell, Agent, Vintage Fridge Company said: "The good thing about May Design Series is that it opened the doors to a wide mix of relevant clients, from the world of interiors, specifiers and retail. We had a great show and interest was amazing with a fantastic response from those we met - we've definitely increased brand awareness."
Tony Bradley, a spokesperson for Egger, is equally delighted. He said: "We were pleasantly surprised at how busy our stand was on the first day of the show. We had about 90 good quality prospects - exhibiting at the show was a great decision."
Alison Clarke at Dornbracht added: "This was the first time Dornbracht Group participated in May Design Series and we were impressed with the quality of the fair and the interest that visitors demonstrated in our products. We felt supported by the team working behind May Design Series and we had a good experience."
David Osborne, Managing Director of Roman, commented: "May Design Series proved to be a key trade show with a very interesting audience. The quality was very high, including interior designers, architects, hoteliers and retailers. We left the Show with some very positive leads which made having a presence very worthwhile."
Keith Myers, Siematic, The Myers Touch said: "We've had a successful show with a number of positive and encouraging leads as a result. We hope these positive introductions will translate into business in the very near future. For me quality will triumph over quantity every time and I am pleased to say the response so far has been favourable."
Grahame Morrison, Editor, K&B Network added: "The Kitchen + Bathroom district of this year's May Design Series contained a number of interesting surprises and featured several products making their UK debut at this year's show."
Retailers from around the UK and Europe were impressed with the quality and variety of brands exhibiting as well as the comprehensive features at the event, giving positive feedback on the latest edition of the show.
Angela Cheung, Senior Buyer at CP Hart said: "CP Hart make a point of going to UK trade shows, as where possible we like to source our products from British companies. I enjoyed May Design Series and see great promise in format of the event, and will certainly be attending net year in pursuit of new top class UK products. It's reassuring to see that the UK finally has an event that is set to rival the leading European shows, and it's exciting to think about where the show might be in three to five years time."
Andy Stuart, Group Director concluded: "This year's May Design Series has been a great success and I am immensely proud of the team executing such a fantastic show. In the last few months not only have we delivered a triumphant final Interiors UK with strong visitor numbers, a fantastic kbb Birmingham, we've successfully delivered a preview of The Furniture Show at May Design Series to quality retailers and buyers doing big business. A high proportion of our visitors were keen decision makers across both the retail and contract markets with independent and multiple retailers and interior designers and more all in attendance. This year's May Design Series has built firm foundations on which to take the show forward with 65% of space re-booked for 2015."
May Design Series brings together five distinct districts, The Furniture Show, Lighting [incorporating arc], DX, Kitchen & Bathroom and Decor into one commercially focused event. May Design Series is dedicated to retail, interior design, architectural and property communities and is perfectly positioned at the finale of the international show cycle to present shop-ready collections. With close to 400 exhibitors, the event showcases new products and the latest trends and provides unrivalled networking opportunities.
Visit the May Design Series website for videos and testimonials from the show:
30th May 2014