With supermarkets constantly nipping at the heels of independent schoolwear retailers, the Schoolwear Show remains an ever-important date in many a suppliers’ diary. P&P editor Melanie Attlesey reviews the event.
The Schoolwear Show 2016 took place from Sunday, October 9 to Tuesday, October 11 at Cranmore Park in Solihull and was attended by hundreds of schoolwear retailers and suppliers.
Across the three days there was a definite buzz in the exhibition hall, some say generated by the outfall of Brexit, others say because of the interest in the several new exhibitors to the show.
Andrew McConnell, sales director at Rowlinson Knitwear and one of the organisers, said: “We feel the new exhibitors really stimulated the visitors. It can be challenging to keep the show interesting at times, but the new exhibitors have all contributed something new to the show.
“I feel that the current economic climate has also helped us see so many visitors, as people feel the need to touch base with their existing suppliers to continue on with a positive relationship.
“Overall we feel that the 2016 show has been a really good one.”
New exhibitors included AWDis Academy by PenCarrie, Result Clothing, EmbroideryBadge.UK, Tie & Scarf Company, Makura, Candy Bows and Prestige Schoolwear. Visitors were also treated to plenty of new products from regular exhibitors such as William Turner, Blue Max Banner, David Luke and Winterbottom’s Schoolwear.
The show provided visitors with plenty of opportunities view the latest product innovations, 2017 brochures and to speak on a one-to-one basis with suppliers.
Next year’s show will take place Sunday, October 15 to Tuesday, October 17.