B2B Events have won a three-year contract to run four or five antiques and collectors’ fairs annually at the Detling showground.
The deal follows IACF's decision last month to cut ties with
Detling, citing falling visitor numbers at the event. The last fair
under the IACF banner was held on February 27 and 28.
Alison Wallington, events manager at the Kent Event Centre,
said: "We wanted to choose an organiser who was able to enhance the
show into a quality event."
The management team at Newark-based B2B Events are delighted to
have been awarded the Detling contract.
B2B director Helen Martin said: "Part of the reason why we were
successful is that my fellow director Roger Sumner is well known at
the showground, having worked as on-site operations manager for dmg
Antiques Fairs when the company owned the fair prior to IACF."
Another plus point in B2B's favour is the recent appointment of
Alan Yourston as their fairs director. He is also a familiar face
at Detling in his capacity as IACF's senior fairs manager, a role
he also fulfilled with dmg Antiques Fairs.
Mrs Martin herself, a former dealer specialising in Carltonware,
is originally from Kent and was a regular stallholder at Detling
until ten years ago.
B2B Events started in 2007 and now run antiques and collectors'
fairs in Kinver, in the West Midlands, at the Malvern Showground,
where they also have a fleamarket, and more recently antiques and
collectors' fairs in Edinburgh, at the Royal Highland Centre.
"We're looking to build up the fair and to attract dealers and
UK buyers who haven't attended for some time," said Mrs Martin.
"We're particularly keen to encourage European dealers to the fair
by emphasising the benefits of the proximity of both the Channel
Tunnel and Dover."
B2B are reducing the cost of standing at Detling, with a single
stand for the weekend in both the John Hendry building and the Kent
Pavilion priced at £100. Pre-booked outside pitches will be £70 a
pitch, extra pre-booked tables will be £5. Admission price for
Saturday trade is £6 for a two-day attendance, while public entry
on Saturday and Sunday is £4 on both days.
B2B's first antiques and collectors' fair at Detling is on April
17 and 18.
Contact details: Tel: 01636 676531 or visit www.b2bevents.info
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