The biggest show in the schoolwear industry calendar

The show presents great networking opportunities
The show presents great networking opportunities

With the back to school season over for another year, independent schoolwear retailers and suppliers are now gearing up for the most significant date in the schoolwear calendar – The Schoolwear Show 2014.

Taking place on October 12 to 14 at Cranmore Park, Solihull, The Schoolwear Show has returned, this time bigger and better than previous years. Organisers expect the number of visitors and exhibitors to exceed the 2013 show, making the three-day event the biggest to date.

Retailers and suppliers in the schoolwear industry are constantly under threat from supermarkets trying to increase their share of the market, and so to counteract this The Schoolwear Show is the event dedicated to demonstrating what the independent market has to offer. The show is the place to see just what options are out there, from year round uniform availability to a comprehensive size offer and durability of products.

The show is run by a team of volunteers from five companies within the schoolwear industry; David Luke, Rowlinson, Gymphlex, William Turner & Son and Blue Max Banner. By bringing their knowledge together, these companies have created an event that provides independent schoolwear retailers with an opportunity to meet with suppliers face-to-face and to experience three great days of networking opportunities.

Nigel Plenderleith from Blue Max Banner and The Schoolwear Show said: “Cranmore Park is the ideal location for exhibitors to meet up with the leading suppliers to the schoolwear industry and to view their product ranges and new offers for 2015.”

Over 45 exhibitors will be available to discuss their garments and products
Over 45 exhibitors will be available to discuss their garments and products

The show has definitely grown in size over the years and now over 45 exhibitors are expected to display their offerings at the show, with garments ranging from sportswear to shirts, blazers and knitwear. Retailers, suppliers and manufacturers can take full advantage of the show, meeting on neutral ground with key decision makers. It is a chance for those who attend to scope out what’s new for 2015 and to forge new business relationships for the season ahead and to talk about how the recent back to school season has gone.

Besides networking opportunities, the show also gives visitors a chance to view new catalogue and product launches. Many exhibitors see The Schoolwear Show as the place to flood the market with their new garments and innovations, giving visitors the first glimpse.

Exhibitors already confirmed include BTC activewear, Falcon Sportswear, Little Grippers, Pod Footwear, Russell and Winterbottom Schoolwear, to name but a few.

And as if three days of networking wasn’t enough, a great socialising opportunity has been organised by the Schoolwear Association. The Roaring Twenties themed night takes place on Monday, October 13, at the nearby Hogarth Hotel. Tickets can be purchased from Marie Bradburn, by emailing

So with plenty to offer for those in the schoolwear industy, The Schoolwear Show 2014 is one industry event that cannot be missed.

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