The first ever BCFA OPEN Exhibition in Manchester – What a success!

The first ever BCFA OPEN exhibition was held at the Bridgewater Hall; Manchester last week and what a great triumph it was. The stunning venue with its abundance of natural light, highlighted the 28 beautiful BCFA member stands that showcased some of the latest designs in contract design.

BCFA members where pleased to be able to exhibit at a northern venue and give their northern clients an opportunity to see them without having to travel to London. There was a great response from local designers and our members where delighted by the quality of enquiries.

Rich Kelsall, Head of Commercial Sales at Johnson Tiles said;

“The BCFA OPEN event has been great for us and what we’ve found works best for us, is events that are more focused.”

Throughout the 2 days the BCFA offered engaging and industry specific discussions and CPD in the BCFA Inspire Hub, leading on from the successful event in London. Some of the highlights included the ‘Built to Last?’ panel discussion which debated over the importance of making products with longevity and the ‘Powering the North’ discussion, which drew in quite an audience with a panel of Theresa Dowling (FX Magazine), Gavin Phillips (Gresham Furniture), Julian Pearson (Roman Limited) and Tony Attard (Panaz).

Gavin King, Director of SpaceInvader Design commented;

“Today’s event is really important, and I think it should be the first of many!”

Both visitors and members thought the venue was wonderfully central and easy to get to. They felt that the interesting topics covered over the two days brought in valuable guests and companies.

Alan Towns, Managing Director of Knightbridge Furniture said;

“We always love to support the BCFA, and this event was a great opportunity for meeting new people”

Overall, the BCFA had a wonderful first event and the feedback has been brilliant for their opening exhibition and they would like to thank all their members for their support and the fantastic feedback they have received.

The BCFA will be hosting the next BCFA OPEN, in London at the Old Truman Brewery. Save the date 28th – 29th March 2017.