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New format sees BFM Fabric Show London get the seal of approval

28 March 2022

New format sees BFM Fabric Show London get the seal of approval

The quality of enquiries from buyers, coupled with a significant increase in exhibitors, saw the BFM Fabric Show London 2022 move up a gear at its new location.

Initial feedback from both the buyers within the international furniture community, and the 40-plus exhibitors in attendance, points to a successful reception for the event’s new format. 

The British Furniture Manufacturers moved the premium B2B show to the ILEC Conference Centre, near to Earls Court, to offer increased capacity and space, as well as greater opportunities for more fabric suppliers to showcase their very latest products.

Moves to make it a hosted, invite-only show enabled exhibitors to showcase their products directly to a key, professional audience, while a 30 per cent increase in exhibitors ensured the buyers were offered an unrivalled exhibition experience to source high quality, contemporary fabrics for upholstery, bed, and soft furnishings.

Running across two days on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8th and 9th March, the show attracted UK and international prestigious fabric suppliers, drawing in world-renowned manufacturers and suppliers from Belgium, as well as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Germany and the UK.

Fabrics on show include wools, tweeds, velvets, cottons, linens, chenilles, silks, leathers, faux leathers, backing fabrics and FR treatments. The latest fabric protection and cleaning treatments were also presented.

Sean Holt, BFM MD, said: “We are very pleased with the feedback from exhibitors and buyers and feel the new format has really hit the mark. We await more details from the post-event survey, but initial feedback is very positive.

“There was more opportunity than ever and we are glad we took the decision to press forward with plans to invigorate the event, after the challenges of the last few years due to Covid.

“We are committed to re-investing in the show for the future and now look forward to delivering further growth next year, attracting more exhibitors and a wider audience of international buyers for the 2023 event.

A video of the BFM Fabric Show London 2022 can be found at

The next date now in the BFM calendar is the first in its new series of regional industry events, developed for the furniture community to network and share best practice.

Originally scheduled for April, the BFM Regional Event is now taking place on Thursday, May 26, due to the demands placed on the BFM team in managing a bigger than ever BFM Fabric Show London this year.

Taking place at Ercol’s manufacturing headquarters in Princes Risborough, the event’s theme is the ‘Workforce of the Future.’

Free-to-attend for BFM members and £25 for non-members, it is being held after working hours, from 6pm to 9pm, and includes a tour of Ercol’s factory, which appeared on the BBC2’s popular ‘Inside The Factory’ in January.

Sean Holt added: “Ercol is a superb location for us to get together for our first Regional Event.

“The evening will bring the furniture community, both BFM members and non-members alike, together to create networking opportunities and share best practice.

“There will be an opportunity to listen to, and discuss, contemporary issues and challenges facing the industry and to generally increase understanding and knowledge.

More details about the BFM Regional Event can be found at

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