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INTERIORS UK, organised by UBM Live Built Environment, closed its doors at the end of January following four days of good business as high calibre retailers attended the event from across the UK.

Now in its 29th year, the show proved an even bigger draw for its latest edition with representatives from across key multiple, independent and contract retailers with Lee Longlands, Fishpools, Taskers, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Dreams, C P Hart, Zaha Hadid Architects, to name a few, all in attendance.

With over 500 brands exhibiting, an expansion on 2013, there was an extensive range of both high quality and relevant brands on offer, which too reflected in visitor numbers which were up 15.09%* year-on-year.

Event organisers UBM are world-renowned in delivering relevant audience figures which has culminated in an impressive 21,114 visitors* to the four day show.

Retailers from around the UK were pleased with the quality and variety of brands exhibiting as well as the comprehensive features at the event, giving positive feedback on the latest edition of the show.

Hinta Anssi, Retailer at Kohiwood said; "There is definitely a buzz at the show, lots of people around, business being done and valuable seminars to attend."

Angela McGee from Hauss in Eire added: "I have been incredibly impressed by the amount of new products on offer."

Visitors were also keen to share their opinion on the news that INTERIORS UK will become The Furniture Show at May Design Series, making this a must-attend event in the interiors calendar.

Jonathan R Jones, Freelance Writer comments, "For me, shows like this offer a great opportunity see the work of up-and-coming designers. This year I was particularly excited to visit New Design Britain and DesignersBlock, as well as the Fabric Pavilion. I'll definitely be heading to The Furniture Show at May Design Series; the London venue is easy to reach and the show looks set to earn a place in the design calendar for those seeking new talent."

Victoria Westredge, Retailer at Wayfair: "Shows like this are a great opportunity to meet suppliers that I don't see on a daily basis. The news of the move to London will make the show easier for me to attend as my head office is based in the capital and I am excited to see the various networking opportunities on offer, which are vital to do business."

Exhibitors too reported a successful show with plenty of interest from quality retailers. Managing Director of Ercol, Nick Garratt commented; "We've had some great orders on our new collections and lots of interest in the brand so it has been a really busy show for us. We have been pleased with footfall too and are excited by the prospect of an international visitor draw which the new London show is set to fix."

The seminars also proved popular with more than 15 hours of insight from over 20 industry experts covering everything from business, sales and marketing, to the latest trends, designs and innovative technologies in a series of thought-provoking talks and panel discussions.

Suzie Ager, Brand Director of INTERIORS UK, concluded; "This year's INTERIORS UK has been an outstanding success and I am hugely proud of the team that helped to deliver such a fantastic finale. It has reaffirmed that there are some incredibly innovative interior designers and retailers operating across the country who know the importance of discovering new brands at events such as ours that will keep them ahead of their competitors. We were incredibly pleased with the support we received on site for our relocation to London. With this we are excited to be able to build upon both the heritage of the interiors show and its popularity, uniting an enviable portfolio of exhibitors and visitors, to present an even better proposition with The Furniture Show at May Designs Series."

*subject to ABC audit

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