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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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BITA’s SPRING CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWCASE & STUDIO SHOW

It’s just over 4 weeks until BITA opens its doors to celebrate 100 days of Showcases…

“If you’re in the trade you can’t miss it.”

In just over a month The British Interiors & Textiles Association will celebrate 100 days of showcasing with their annual a 2 day interior & textile exhibition at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel – 13 & 14 March 2016. The trade exhibition, taking place during London Design Week, will showcase some of the world’s most popular brands of furnishing fabrics, curtains, blinds, poles, upholstered furniture, wallpaper and other interior accessories.

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You can see the following brands all under one roof: Ashley Wilde Designs, Backhausen, Bolton Textiles, Chatham Glyn Fabrics, Chess, Clarke & Clarke, Cliq Designs, Curtain Express, Design Crew, Edmund Bell, Emily McGuiness, Ena Shaw, Essente, Fibre Naturelle, Foster Lane, Girones, Grace de Lino, iliv, Indigo 7 Designs, in home, JHC, Kai, Montgomery, nikki Szabo, Parkhill, Parris Wakefield Additions, Prestigious, Richard Barrie, Rol-lite, Rufflette, Silent Gliss, Simpson, Sinclaire, Streets, tru living, Warwick, Yorke & many more!

We are also delighted to announce that we will be presenting Spring Collections from some top international Design Studios at BITA’s Studio Show.

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The UK’s first Studio Show in 10 years! Visit and see some of the best artwork available from top design studios including: AM Creative Designs, Claire Louise Designs, Diane Harrison Designs, Fiona Howard, First Eleven Studio, Giacomo Barzaghi, Haley Studios, Jane Mosse Designs, K Jenny Tyas, L’Atelier Studio, Mary Jones Design, Pure Studio Designs, Rachel Child Designs, Sandra Jacobs, Simon Ashby, Sooshichacha, Studio Van Den Broek, The Design Show, Trendart, Verbeek Designs, Yellow Label Designs.

“This March we are lucky to have some big names exhibiting as well as some new and upcoming companies – a great range for our visitors to enjoy! With past shows attracting over 600 guests across the two days, we expect the stunning 5* hotel to be packed for the third year running!” Diane Harding, BITA Secretary, Marketing Director & Show Organiser.

Here’s what our exhibitors have to say about BITA Showcases:

“Clarke & Clarke are delighted to be exhibiting at the BITA Showcase event once again; the timing and location we feel will prove very beneficial for our brand and our customers!” Andrew Kirk, UK Sales Manager, Clarke & Clarke

“Both Simpson and Yorke Interiors will be exhibiting again at the BITA Exhibition at Chelsea in March, during London Design Week. This is an excellent time to show, with visitors attending from all over the UK and Europe.” David Yorke, Managing Director, Simpson

“The BITA London showcase always proves to be a great show. We enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and connect with our existing customers – showing off our latest collections in a relaxed and intimate environment.” Andrew Hoyle, Sales and Marketing Director, Edmund Bell Fabrics.

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“Diane Harrison is excited to be showing their collection in London for the first time since Home Interiors which feels like a hundred years ago! We are excited because for our customers London has become a trend and design hub. We anticipate seeing a number of quality customers and it’s fantastic that BITA are staging this design show. It can only grow from strength to strength and become a must-visit event. Tristan Goodfellow, Diane Harrison

​”I am very excited to exhibit at the show.  My designs are all hand painted then produced in digital format in repeat and colour separated, ranging from inky floral to geometrics and damasks.  I’m so pleased there is a UK show again and am sure it will be a huge success.  I look forward to welcoming existing customers and meeting new ones.” Claire Taylor, Claire Louise Designs

But don’t just take their word for it! We asked our visitors what makes them keep coming back to see us:

“I have always been most impressed with the high standard of showcases each year: a great asset to my interior design business.” Denise Smallwood, Print ‘n’ Plains Interiors

“If you’re in the trade you can’t miss it.” Ross Griffiths, Curtain Workshop

 Visitors will find the welcoming, warm and friendly setting that makes BITA Showcases so popular, with FREE entry and COMPLIMENTARY canapés & refreshments throughout both days.

 To pre-register as a visitor please visit www.interiortextiles.co.uk or contact Laura Jones (01908 410598 ext.5) email laura.jones@interiortextiles.co.uk

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 SHOWCASE MARCH 2015

The British Interior Textiles Association is celebrating its 8th successful year of showcases with a 2 day event at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 8 & 9 March 2015. The trade exhibition, taking place the same week as London Design Week, will showcase some of the most popular brands of furnishing fabrics, curtains, blinds, poles, upholstered furniture, wallpaper and other interior accessories in the UK.

“BITA exhibitors were so pleased with the results of our first show at Chelsea Harbour last year – with over 600 visitors – that BITA are delighted to be back again, during London Design Week on 8 & 9 March 2015. The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a wonderful venue, especially with the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre being just next door!  We are expecting even more visitors this March and our Annual BITA Gala Dinner, held on the Sunday night for anyone in the industry – not just exhibitors and visitors – is nearly sold out!”  Diane Harding –BITA Secretary & Marketing Director and Show Organiser.

Some of our exhibitors were keen to share their thoughts as to why they have decided to join us. Here’s what they had to say about BITA:

“Fibre Naturelle will yet again be using Chelsea as a platform to launch their new collections. Great atmosphere enjoyed by all our clients in a superb location.” Jennie Gravett, Sales Manager

“The BITA shows are an excellent way to showcase our new collections, so many customers in one place at one time.” David York, Managing Director of Simpson & Yorke Interiors

“Warwick are excited to join BITA Chelsea as part of our drive to develop business in London and the South East of England. We are looking forward to showcasing our latest fabrics with existing and new customers.” John-Andrew Ovenstone, Managing Director, Warwick Fabrics

“Haddow Group have been exhibiting at BITA for the last 5 years with Kestral, one of their highly successful interior brands,  and have selected to show case this year at BITA, the new Olivia Bard’s stirring debut collection of fabrics, poles and tiebacks.

“BITA offers us a perfect opportunity to present our new collection to numerous current customers and potential new clients, in a relaxed and professional environment.  We believe this to be a perfect launch environment for our new brand and looking forward to another successful show.” Lindsy Wilson Sales Director Haddow Interiors.

“Diffusion are looking forward to launching a stunning collection of voile fabrics at the BITA London Showcase.  It will be a tremendous opportunity to present our new product range to a host of existing and new clients.” Vivien Corr, Commercial Director, Diffusion

“We always look forward to the BITA shows whether it be the London Showcase or the September Roadshows. They provide a great friendly yet professional environment in which to meet both new customers and connect with current customers to showcase our new and current fabrics & linings. A must on our event calendar each year.” – Andrew Hoyle – Sales & Marketing Director – Edmund Bell Fabrics

“Prestigious Textiles is delighted to continue its support of the London Chelsea BITA event. This event has grown in stature over the last couple of years and is ideally located to rub shoulders with London Design Week. As much as welcoming our visitors to our stand and presenting our new Spring/Summer 2015 ranges,  we also look forward to a little light entertainment at the Gala dinner!” Graham Bateman – Sales Director – Prestigious Textiles Ltd

Further to the fantastic feedback and success of last year’s masterclass, this year visitors will be treated to 2 masterclasses from Moore & McCabe Textiles. Join us to experience their expertise with a cushions Master Class – which will include ‘top tips’ – and a pelmets Master Class, as well as a Q&A session.

Visitors will once again find the welcoming, warm and friendly setting that makes BITA Showcases so popular, with FREE entry, canapés, afternoon cream teas and refreshments throughout both days.

To pre-register as a visitor please visit www.interiortextiles.co.uk.

For more information and photos please contact Laura Jones on 01908410598 ext.5 or email marketing@norfolkhouse-uk.com


 

BITA Partners with Smart Currency Business

The British Interior Textiles Association (BITA) and international payment specialist Smart Currency Business have partnered to provide interior textiles businesses with a wider range of information and services.

A trade association for the UK interior textiles industry, BITA promotes and safeguards the interests of its members, which range from large, well-known brands to small companies with a few employees.

Smart Currency Business has been working with interiors and textiles companies for over ten years to help them minimise losses and mitigate risk on currency exchange transactions.

“BITA’s members – whether small or large – have growing export and import businesses, so it makes sense for our Association to find a currency exchange partner who can give our members a reliable and competitive service,” says Diane Harding, BITA Secretary. “We have researched the market and believe that Smart Currency Business will give our members more than just low priced currency exchange – with the excellent service they have already supplied to UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) members, it made sense to choose them as our partner in this financial arena.”

“Smart Currency Business provides more than currency exchange transactions,” says Alex Bennett, the company’s sector business specialist. “The Smart Currency Business ethos is to provide clients with added value, through sharing industry-specific news, insights and educational content, networking opportunities, and hospitality arrangements.

We go the extra mile to help our clients grow. This is why we are delighted to be working with BITA, who also work to help their members maximise their business opportunities. I am confident that by pooling our resources, we can refine and expand our services to the industry, and help many more UK interiors and textiles companies to thrive.”