The Meet the Manufacturer conference organised by website Make it British will triple the amount of space dedicated to exhibitors next year as it relocates to Tobacco Dock in the heart of London’s Docklands.
The 20,000 sq ft Grade I-listed warehouse has the capacity to hold about 150 exhibitors and is more accessible than the previous location at the Old Truman Brewery in Spitalfields, as it offers hundreds of car parking spaces, as well as public transport links.
The decision to move was made after the inaugural event this summer filled to capacity on day one (June 11), with some 3,000 industry members attending.
Make it British founder Kate Hills told Drapers: “Last year we were massively oversubscribed, we could have filled the exhibitor space twice over. We were expecting 650 visitors and got 3,000. The new location is more accessible for visitors coming from the North and we’ll be the first trade show to exhibit there, which is exciting. We want to show British manufacturers off to their best.”
About 50 British businesses exhibited at the conference and buyers from John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Arcadia were in attendance, along with representatives from UK labels including Paul Smith and John Smedley.
Next year’s event will be held on Wednesday June 3 and Thursday June 4, a week earlier than in 2014.
An event showcasing British-made brands, Best of Britannia, is taking place for the third time in London on October 2-4. It sees the launch of the first Buy British Day, which will take place on October 3.