Manchester Furniture Show in Harrogate Will Go Ahead as Planned

Manchester Furniture Show, co-located with Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, will be going ahead as planned (18-21 July 2021) at the Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC), organiser Clarion Events has confirmed.

Manchester Furniture Show has the full support of the Harrogate Convention Centre venue, and the organiser is working with the local authorities and liaising closely with the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire.

Portfolio Director Zoë Bonser said, “We are confident that we will be able to run a safe and effective event this July. The furniture industry is crying out for the opportunity to network and socialise at a large-scale in-person event, and that is what Manchester Furniture Show is all about.” She continued, “Manchester Furniture Show is the industry’s favourite summer show, and we can’t wait for the industry to get back together again across those 4 days in Harrogate, instead of the usual 3”.

The show will occupy a large footprint made up of several different halls, which include both inside and outside relaxation and catering areas. This means visitors and exhibitors are spread out across the exhibition, and capacity and visitor flow can be controlled effectively adhering to the current event guidelines, not affecting visitor numbers across the four days. The HCC build will commence on July 12th unaffected in the current guidelines.

Safety remains paramount, with measures such as face coverings, wider aisles, increased ventilation, an enhanced daily and deep cleaning regime being implemented. Hand sanitising stations will be available at all entry and exit points and various other points across the site.  Visitors will also be asked to take a lateral flow COVID test and produce a negative result prior to arrival, or provide proof of double vaccination in order to attend. See full info at manchesterfurnitureshow.com/safety-info

The legendary Sundowners event will take place on the Monday 19th July outside in the grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and the exhibitor party will now take place on the Tuesday night, 20th July.  Manchester Furniture Show visitor registration is open and is currently tracking ahead of previous years, with key names confirming their attendance and hotel stays as part of our VIP hosted buyer programme. Show Director Russell Rule said, “With the backing of our key customers, venue, and local authorities, we can see that the appetite and enthusiasm is there for an in-person buying and selling event. There is great excitement from both exhibitors and visitors to reconnect in Harrogate”.

Ian Kettle, Director at Kettle Interiors, said, “We can’t wait to see customers old and new at Manchester Furniture Show in Harrogate this summer. MFS is always an important touchpoint for us, and it’s a great chance for the industry to get together, do business, relax and socialise”.

Penny Craze from independent retailer Fairway Furniture said, “I am delighted to be attending Manchester Furniture Show this summer! After such a long time, I can’t wait to see my suppliers and do business in-person, and to catch up with old friends and colleagues. MFS is my favourite summer event, and it will be fantastic to see everyone in Harrogate this July.”

Visitors are invited to register to secure their free ticket to the industry’s favourite summer show! Register here: manchesterfurnitureshow.com.

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