The BHETA, organisers of the housewares show Exclusively have rescheduled the event to take place 24-25 August 2021. The decision was taken following the continuing impact of Covid-19.
Will Jones, chief operating officer of BHETA and chair of Exclusively says: “The health and wellbeing of all Exclusively attendees is of paramount importance. We consulted with our exhibitors and visitors and there is a genuine desire for the show to go ahead, but at the right time and in the right place. and there was strong support for a move to August. The Business Design Centre has an existing very well organised set of health and wellbeing protocols and we will confirm them to all stakeholders in the lead up to the Exclusively Show.
“Moving the date provides an opportunity for the industry to gain more confidence as the vaccination programme gathers momentum, and the timing fits with the Autumn buying season. The speed of the vaccine roll-out has given us genuine belief that by August the UK will be back to some form of normality – the pace of the roll-out is continuing to rise and we expect, based on todays’ numbers, that by showtime a majority of UK adults will have had two vaccine shots; and our industry will be able to move forward.”
BHETA president Alistair Fisher, who is also MD of Exclusively exhibitor Taylor’s Eye Witness adds: “The industry is hungry for a show and the extra time until August should allow the vaccine roll-out to really make a difference to the confidence of the nation. I am looking forward to what will most likely be the first industry show for 18 months, and to welcoming buyers to our stand.”