Tag Archives: The British Interior Textiles Association

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.

Looking ahead to BITA’s September Roadshow: 4 months to go!

We are already getting excited about September’s Showcases and we know, with March’s resounding success still ringing in our ears, that it will be upon us before we know it.

We start in Manchester at the opulent Lowry Hotel on Sunday 13th & Monday 14th September, travel down to the chic Nottingham Belfry Hotel for Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th September and finally culminate at London’s stunning Hilton Syon Park on Sunday 20th & Monday 21st – where you can make the most of your day by visiting Decorex at the same time!

With venues up and down the country you can come and see us at a place convenient to you and, if your appetite hasn’t been satisfied by the many brands that are showing with us, enjoy free tea & coffee and maybe even time it just right to enjoy our complimentary canapé or buffet lunch (depending on where you visit us).

With many of the UK’s top brands already signed up, including: Archroll, Chatham Glyn, Eclectics, Emily McGuiness, Foster Lane, Integra, Jones Interiors, Novatec, NV Blinds, Prestigious Textiles, Rol-Lite Blinds, Silkland, Simta, Streets, Swish, Tulip, Universal, Wendy Cushing and Wise Windows you are sure to leave with inspiration galore and a BITA goody bag too!

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To pre-register as a visitor and keep up to date with the latest show information please visit www.interiortextiles.co.uk

Thinking about exhibiting?

For more information and an exhibitor information pack, please contact Laura Jones on 01908 410 598 ext.5 or email laura.jones@norfolkhouse-uk.com

BITA’s Spring 2015 Chelsea Harbour Showcase: “Our Most Successful Yet!”

The British Interior Textiles Association is proud to announce yet another record breaking showcase with its 92nd one day showcase in 8 years!

With the stunning backdrop of London’s Chelsea Harbour, the exhibition on 8 & 9 March, at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, showcased over 30 exciting brands – some brand new! Over 600 visitors were treated to free entry to the popular trade show and exhibits of fabric, cushions, blinds, poles, upholstery, trimmings as well as complimentary Masterclasses.

Many new, high end exhibitors such as Olivia Bard, Diffusion, Artistic Upholstery, Today Interiors and Warwick Fabrics joined our already extensive list of exhibitors and brands, including Prestigious Textiles, Simpson Interiors, Evans Textiles, Chatham Glyn and Edmund Bell, to make this another hugely successful and exciting BITA show.

Victoria Hill, Victoria Hill Bespoke Soft Furnishings, commented that, “Olivia Bard’s new collection is stunning, and the accessories are too, the way they had laid it out was very attractive. I liked the Yorke stand very much too, with their inclusion of the upholstered pieces.”

While Janette Thomas, Verity Threadgold Curtains and Blinds thought that, “accessibility and appreciation of the needs of the newcomer at Ashley House and Streets were definite highlights.”

Many visitors also commented on how passionate the exhibitors were about their products, that the product ranges were fresh, innovative, varied and up to date and how friendly and informative staff were.

Nyki Jones, Darley Design, was excited by the, “really gorgeous high end looking fabrics on offer at many stands, such as Warwick, at a very reasonable price.”

Guests were also impressed by House of Robinson’s Loose Covers Masterclass on Sunday afternoon, where Sallyann Rolfe demonstrated the intricateness of loose covers by covering pattern placement, tuck aways and easing fullness. On Monday visitors were also treated to two Moore & McCabe Masterclasses. The Cushion Cover Master Class included ‘top tips’ and the Upholstered Pelmets Master Class discussed the materials and assembly of professional pelmets.

Evrin Skyers, Skyers Furnishings, who visited the BITA CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWCASE on Monday, said that, “The whole exhibition was excellent and welcoming. Being able to talk to so many exhibitors on a one-to-one basis was very beneficial. He also commented that the Masterclasses were, “Fantastic and professional, they really delivered and I was so impressed. I am already looking forward to the next ones.”

Diane Harding – Secretary & Marketing Director of BITA and Show Organiser was delighted with this season’s event, “This was our 3rd showcase at Chelsea Harbour and our most successful yet! A perfect opportunity for exhibitors, who can’t have a permanent showroom in the Chelsea Harbour area, to show their ranges in the busiest week of the year! We expect this Showcase to be even bigger and better next year! Now we are looking forward to exhibiting at the Hilton at Syon Park – next door to Decorex – in September.”

Our exhibitors enjoyed the best visitor to exhibitor ratio in BITA showcasing history and were full of praise for the showcase:

Graham Bateman, Prestigious Textiles, felt that, “The confidence we are currently experiencing in the general market-place was reflected in the positive comments received from our visitors. A number of new accounts plus new enquiries added to the interest expressed by our existing customers. A very good show.”

“10/10 for the venue and location.” Lindsy Wilson Haddow

When asked what had gone well, Gary Millican, Rol-lite, couldn’t have been clearer, “Everything!”

While both Fibre Naturelle and Simpson Interiors commented on the excellent organisation of the show.

Visitors to the trade event also enjoyed free tea and coffee, complimentary canapés and afternoon tea as they browsed the show in the exquisite harbour setting.

Karen Roberts Woodrow Bespoke Soft Furnishings summed up the show’s atmosphere perfectly, “It was fabulous and every effort was made to make me feel welcome and to get the most out of my visit.”

Both visitors and exhibitors have already seen the benefits of BITA membership since visiting the show. BITA is pleased to welcome Dorset Chairman, Classic Curtains, Moore & McCabe and House of Robinson as its newest members.

Regular satisfied exhibitors have already signed up for our September 2015 Roadshow, three 2 day shows in Manchester, Midland and London’s Syon Park (during Decorex).

For more information and photos please contact Laura Jones, Marketing Manager on 01908 410598 ext.5 or email marketing@norfolkhouse-uk.com