Exhibitors at last week's Exclusively Housewares say they were impressed by the quality of visitors at the show, which came from a broad spectrum of retail businesses.
Buyers from independent cookshops, multiples, supermarkets, department stores and wholesalers all attended the two-day London show, organised by Brooke House Exhibitions on behalf of the housewares members of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).
The show presented housewares, tableware and small appliances from top brands and suppliers, which said they were delighted by the turnout.
"A lovely show - great buyers, great business opportunities, great networking and great party!" said Victoria Whitbread of W2 Products.
Her views were echoed by Ed Bacon, UK marketing manager at DKB Household. "The show was good for us," he said. "It seemed well supported from all sectors, and the quality of the personnel attending was impressive. We saw all the major customers we were expecting and were able to showcase our portfolio to the key decision makers."
Will Jones, housewares sector director at BHETA, added: "The feedback from BHETA members who exhibited at the show has been extremely positive, with many commenting on the quality of the visitors through to the general organisation of the event."
Amongst visitors to Exclusively Housewares were senior buyers from retailers including Aldi, Tesco, Waitrose, Kitchen Kapers, Steamer Trading, Achica, Amazon, Selfridges, Debenhams, Dunelm, Harrods, John Lewis, Lakeland, The Range, Dobbies, Frosts, Garden & Leisure Group, Squires, Decco, Stax, Home Hardware, Homebase and Robert Dyas.
In addition, the show's regular party of guest international retailers attended.
Next year will see the launch of Exclusively Electrical, a show dedicated to small domestic appliances, which will run alongside Exclusively Housewares on June 9-10.
Read a full report on Exclusively Housewares in DIY Week's June 27 issue.