There's a buzz on Twitter and in blogland this week as small creative businesses prepare to head off for Harrogate as it plays host to the Home and Gift Fair. Here you can take your wares directly to the buyers from major high street outlets and small independant gift and homes stores.
To attend a trade fair is a huge commitment, both financially and in terms of business growth, as you need to be prepared to meet major orders that could be the result of having a stand at a trade fair. The preparations take months of planning, form filling and creating your stand to make the buyers want to stock your wares.
Maybe a trade fair is not in your future business plans or currently just a pipe dream but one thing you can count on, is that fellow designers and crafters are happy to guide you through the process and share their own experiences with you.
I want to wish anybody heading off to Harrogate this weekend the very best of luck.
(Todays featured designers are either heading off to Harrogate Home & Gift Fair or are preparing for Country Living's Spring Fair 2011)