Event

Date

Other details                      

 The January Show 2015
(member discounts)

Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th
January 2015


See here for details
BFM is official partner with show

London Fabric Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th February 2015


See here for details

I Salone, Milan 2015
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 19th April 2015


BFM contact for details: Steve Moore

FIRA Open Day

7th May 2015

Details soon to be published

 May Design Series
(member discounts)

Sunday 17th May to Tuesday 19th May 2015


See here for details
BFM is official partner with show

Exporting to Germany

TBC

Carl Pitchford - Capricorn Consulting

 Exporting to Asia

 TBC

Carl Pitchford - Capricorn Consulting

FIRA Technical workship at Stevenage

 TBC

Chaired by Phil Reyonlds (CEO) of FIRA

 I Salone, Moscow 2015

Wedensday 14 to Saturday 17th October 2015

 Details TBC


Regulatory/Technical Update
Cranmore Park at Solihull

TBC

Presented by Dr Alistair Bromhead (HS&E Consultant) of BFM and Phil Reyonlds (CEO) of FIRA

Insurance Seminar

TBC

Presented by Simon Whittaker
of Thomas Sagar Insurances

   Note - further BFM seminars will be added in 2015

 Event

Date

Other details                      

 The January Show 2015
(member discounts)

Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th
January 2015


See here for details
BFM is official partner with show

London Fabric Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th February 2015


See here for details

 

I Salone, Milan 2015
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 19th April 2015


BFM contact for details: Steve Moore

 

FIRA Open Day

 

7th May 2015

 

 

Details soon to be published

 

 May Design Series
(member discounts)


Sunday 17th May to Tuesday 19th May 2015


See here for details
BFM is official partner with show

 

Exporting to Germany

TBC

 

Carl Pitchford - Capricorn Consulting

 

 Exporting to Asia

 TBC

 

Carl Pitchford - Capricorn Consulting

 

FIRA Technical workship at Stevenage

 TBC

 

Chaired by Phil Reyonlds (CEO) of FIRA

 

 I Salone, Moscow 2015

 

Wedensday 14 to Saturday 17th October 2015

 Details TBC


Regulatory/Technical Update
Cranmore Park at Solihull

TBC

Presented by Dr Alistair Bromhead (HS&E Consultant) of BFM and Phil Reyonlds (CEO) of FIRA



Insurance Seminar

 

TBC

 

Presented by Simon Whittaker
of Thomas Sagar Insurances

 

   Note - further BFM seminars will be added in 2015

Reports of recent visits to Moscow and Shenzhen

UKTI gen logoBFM report on I Saloni Worldwide, Moscow - supported by UKT&I
15th – 18th October 2014 (pdf)


The BFM, supported by UKT&I, led a scouting mission to the Shenzhen Furniture Show (SIFE) between the 19th and 23rd March. The report may be found here (pdf).



The objectives of the mission were to understand the:

  •     Chinese furniture market
  •     taste and culture of the Chinese people
  •     role of retailers
  •    shipping process

And, to experience the Shenzhen show with the possibility of exhibiting British products in mind

The mission comprised of four BFM member companies, namely: Matt Deighton of Saxon Leather, David Gascoigne of Gascoigne Designs, Vicky Philipps of Parker Knoll and Danny Bryan of Charles Barr.

Feedback from the mission has been very positive, with a number of learning points including:

  • importance of retailers in the Chinese market place
  • the need for products to be sympathetic to the Chinese culture and tastes - this will often mean adaptation of designs or new designs to meet the buying preferences of the Chinese market
  • the organisations in place to support UK companies wishing to export, including the CBBC, UKT&I, the Shenzhen Furniture Trade Association, Dongxi (marketing support)
  • the specific shipping requirements e.g. fumigation before shipping
  • the need to use a fully resourced and experienced shipping agent

It was confirmed by retailers that Great British product is highly sought after providing it is made in the UK (and not imported) and meets the market requirements.  Assuming both of these points are met then there are substantial opportunities for UK companies to export to China, with the beginnings of an infrastructure being developed.

Regulatory/Technical update seminar (word)