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BITA 2017 Spring Showcase

BITA 2017 ShowcaseThe British Interiors & Textiles Association (BITA) hosted the Exclusive Spring Showcase Exhibition at Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 12-13 March. Showcasing some of the finest UK & International Interiors and Textiles brands, the event brought together Designers, Retailers, Manufacturers and Makers alike.

With spring in the air, the main show featured exclusive previews of the latest collections from an array of wholesale suppliers & design studios including: Bill Beaumont Textiles, Clarke & Clarke, iLiv, Fibre Naturelle, Warwick Fabrics and many more…

The show also debuted unique collections from Jacqueline Milton, Lorna Syson, McKenzie & May, Mestral Home, PF Collections, Soie De Lune and Studio Kelkka. With the new spring/summer season in mind, the collections presented vivid colours and innovative designs which depicted inspirations taken from nature, interior trends and innovative fabric techniques and styles.

“Our first time at the BITA Showcase, the show was a really enjoyable experience in a prestigious location filled with fantastic visitors, delicious canapés and cream tea! For me it was great opportunity to present my fabrics in front of interior designers and curtain makers from across the UK. We launched our fabric by the meter and we were really pleased with the positive reactions to the fabrics – the Juneberry and Bird design was especially well received.” Lorna Syson

Over the two days, the show also presented insightful Soft Furnishing Masterclasses – hosted by the brilliant Victoria Hammond, educating visitors on how to effectively measure and calculate curtains and roman blinds. Exhibitor prompt presentations were also hosted by Lorna Syson and Daniel Beaumont from (Bill Beaumont Textiles) and the Textile Designer Professional Masterclasses were hosted by Diane Harding, BITA Marketing Director and Designers Mary Jones & Chris Hodgson.

“The professional workshop was an extremely helpful and insightful session, to help advise on what I need to do to achieve my dream job in the Textiles industry. The session was incredibly valuable as it opened my eyes to what I need to develop in my portfolio – and who better to advise me than the experts themselves!” Megan Stolley, Student.

BITA is pleased to support the event and looking forward to future showcases in 2018!

“Bita was delighted to celebrate its 10th Year of Showcases at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel – exhibitors and visitors had a great time and there was a terrific buzz around the show throughout the day!” Diane Harding, Marketing Director, BITA.

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Free HR Advice for all BITA Members

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As a BITA member we will help you find your way through the employment minefield. 

At BITA we recognise the complex issues that employment regulations can raise for our members. It’s difficult to keep ahead of this rapidly evolving area of law. To assist our members, we have secured the services of The HR Dept to offer advice to you on all issues relating to people management and employment law.

Free access to The HR Dept advisors

BITA members have access to The HR Dept advisers either in one of their offices or over the telephone. Typical issues that you may wish to discuss with an expert could include:

  • Contract review
  • Dismissals
  • Performance management
  • Absence management
  • Recruitment
  • Redundancy projects
  • TUPE transfers
  • Employee relations
  • Training and development

The HR Dept will allocate an hour, either in one of their offices or by telephone to give an expert opinion on the HR issues within your workplace. This is the chance to ask those tricky questions and will include time to read any documents that you may wish to seek advice on. The HR Dept advisers will advise you on the steps that you need to take and where you may be able to get support. You will receive a written summary of the advice.

Each member is entitled to a one hour session in any twelve month period. Advice is restricted to matters affecting the member organisation. The HR Dept does not advise individuals on personal employment issues.

About The HR Dept

This service is provided by The HR Dept which advises businesses around the country on HR matters. The HR Dept has access to over 70 qualified HR professionals who form a nationwide network.

Following a consultation, any additional support required by members will be on a paid for basis. The HR Dept offer a range of HR services, all of which are available to members of BITA subject to a 5% discount off the standard fees (net of any insurance costs).

All HR Dept Licensees are professionally qualified with senior level experience. As small business owners themselves, they understand the pressures that SMEs face, an insight that really helps to understand your business. This understanding allows them to provide the most practical and pragmatic solutions tailored to your business, designed to help you to achieve the best possible outcome.

The HR Dept will also undertake a free review of your Contracts of Employment and Company Handbooks to ensure these reflect current legislation and your business accurately.

Contact details

If you wish to take advantage of this member offer, please contact Karen Bevan on 01908 410598 (ext 5) or email karen.bevan@interiortextiles.co.uk. She will take your contact details and refer you to The HR Dept.

An advisor from The HR Dept will then contact you to arrange a time for a discussion to answer any questions you may have and make recommendations for HR support as appropriate.