Elmwood Park, NJ, USA; September 25, 2012
—HUNDREDS of people from across the UK’s crafting community were treated to a dedicated craft and educational section offering industry insights and advice at this year’s Autumn Fair tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham.
Hosted by the Craft & Hobby Association UK (CHA-UK), the craft business and seminar programme included inspirational talks from Anthea Turner, Stephanie Weightman and panel discussions from industry experts.
This year’s dedicated craft section was double the size of last year and included around 30 craft and hobby exhibitors from a wide range of sectors, a seminar theatre and a live demo area.
Sara Davies, board chair at the CHA-UK and a speaker at the event explained: “This year’s Autumn Fair seemed to go really well and there was definitely a buzz amongst the crowd relating to the thriving craft and hobby sector."
“The crafting zone provided an ideal platform to inform and educate suppliers and buyers from all levels about the latest trends and other practical business guidance regarding the craft industry."
,/br> “For the CHA-UK, it was great to have physical presence to tell people all about the UK chapter of the Association, its aims and of course the numerous benefits it provides to organisations ranging from small independent craft retailers to the multinational suppliers,” added Sara.
The CHA-UK launched in May this year as a not-for-profit trade organisation to look after the interests of the booming British craft industry. The CHA-UK arm is as a chapter of the well-established Craft & Hobby Association in the USA, which has been running since 2004.
The mission of CHA-UK is to unite, represent and develop all sectors of the British craft industry from the small independents to the national retailers. It aims to deliver many benefits to craft businesses that include access to education, research and advice, financial savings off insurance, events and credit card processing rates and assistance with business growth including access to new markets.
The CHA-UK's board of directors come from all corners of the creative and crafting industry to ensure representation from across the sector. These include small independents, national retailers, distributors, wholesalers and TV shopping channels.
For further information, visit www.cha-uk.co.uk
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The CHA-UK board includes:
Alastair McMinn Company: Coats Crafts
Anna Davenp Company: Immediate Media Co.
Barry Short Company: Creatively Inspired
Carolyn Schul Company: Creative Solutions Ltd
Catriona Marshall Company: HobbyCraft
Colin Poole Company: Creative Expressions Ltd
Derek Bamford Company: Cutting Edge Craft, Grafton Projects Ltd
Kathy Walsh Company: Personal Impressions
Jane Gregory Company: Addicted 2 Craft
Sara Davies Company: Crafter’s Companion Ltd
Stephanie Burnham Company: The Bead Scene
Stephanie Weightman Company: Art and Craft Direct Ltd
Terry Bowles Company: Design Objectives Ltd
Tony Sheridan Company: Create and Craft
Mark Hill Company: The Thomas Kinkade Company LLC
Andrej Suskavcevic Company: Craft & Hobby Association