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Is this the first time you've exhibited with Cottage Industries?
Would you welcome some hints and tips on getting the most from your show?
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At Cottage Industries we strive to make your time with us an enjoyable, profitable experience which will leave you keen and eager to return!
We hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to contact us if you require any further help.

Exhibitor Guide

It is our aim to make Cottage Industries Association events successful for our exhibitors and enjoyable for our visitors. With this in mind, we’ve put together this useful guide covering the most frequently asked questions, which we hope will particularly help first-time exhibitors feel confident and well prepared.

The management is always on hand to help you on the day, but please don’t hesitate to contact us before the event if you have any questions.

A further resource for useful information can be found at:

Provided For All Exhibitors – At No Extra Cost!

Promote your products through our exhibitor website! Our website provides an additional platform for our exhibitors to sell from. Best of all, it’s free!

  • Exclusive online sales platform
  • Free and unlimited listings for exhibitors
  • Direct online ordering and payment processing facilities
  • Full tech-supported
  • Extensive promotional support

Refreshments. We provide free tea and coffee to exhibitors; just bring your own mug!

Electricity. We provide up to 500 watts free electricity per stand.

Comfortable trading environments. Most of our shows have air conditioning and/or heating as necessary and piped music is also on tap!

What You Need To Consider

Lighting. Good lighting can make all the difference to how your products are presented and it’s your responsibility to provide lighting for your stand. We find that individual spotlights are adaptable and inexpensive and can be used very effectively to highlight individual products or special offers.

Important: All electrical equipment, including lighting needs to be PAT tested by exhibitors to ensure it meets current British Safety Standards. Lighting fixtures should also use low-energy bulbs.

Tables and chairs. It can be a struggle to transport all your kit and stock, so we offer a low-cost hire service for tables and chairs. Just let us know what you’ll need in advance of the event and we’ll have them ready for you.

Public liability insurance. Every exhibitor must have full and current public liability insurance in order to trade with Cottage Industries Association. If you haven’t already made arrangements, you can obtain quotes and arrange your insurance including cover for ‘Goods in Transit’ and your stock through the following broker websites: – contact Chris Harper on 01724 878063

Cottage Industries Association Trading Tips

You have just 20 seconds to attract visitors to stop at your stand, so it’s really important that you make it eye-catching and appealing.

Presentation and good use of space is the key. Although we are one of the most cost-effective marquee organisers on the circuit, a show-stand represents a significant investment and we recommend that you make the most of your retail space by maximising your display options. The following suppliers offer a range of display stands, grid walls and floor stands.

Good quality second-hand equipment can often be found on eBay and other such trading sites.

Set up is usually the day before the event starts and is a very busy time for exhibitors and organisers alike, so please allow yourself plenty of time to set your stand up. In fact, if it’s your first time, we recommend you have a few practice goes before the event! When you arrive just ask for the management and you will be shown to your pitch.

Other Useful Information

Set up information and passes will usually be posted 14 -7 days prior to the event.

Caravan and camping facilities are often available on site. Arrangements will vary from show to show so please ring to check the individual event arrangements, costs and availability.

Your stand includes 1-foot access area which is supplied free of charge. This space must be left clear. The rest of your stand is for you to fill as you please.

It’s All In The Planning!

A little bit of forward planning can make all the difference to how smoothly the event goes for you.

Organising and running hundreds of events has taught us a thing or two about covering the basics, so here’s our exhibitor essentials kit list of essential items that every stallholder needs to bring.

Exhibitor Essentials Kit List

  • Plenty of change and a secure means of holding your takings
  • Pen, paper, scissors and a tape measure
  • An extra tablecloth as well as a cloth large enough to cover your stand overnight
  • Cellotape/ sticky tack/ safety pins/ drawing pins
  • Phone charger
  • Snacks and drinks to get you through the whole day and a mug for each person
  • Basic personal first aid and a toilet roll!
  • Warm clothes and wellies, even during what passes for the British Summer!

The final words of encouragement come from some our exhibitors:

“Cottage Industries offer a unique environment for small businesses to showcase their products.”

Wendy Spencer, Director, Hall of Names Europe

“I was a ‘very’ last minute exhibitor at the Rutland Mistletoe Fair, and totally loved it. Cottage Industries, by far is the best craft fair I have attended, the tea tent, loads of you walking around making sure everyone was happy, even had help unloading the car, all lovely gestures that a lot of other fair organisers would do well to take note.”

Emma, The Creative Giver

“The people you meet at Cottage Industries Association shows are a pretty special bunch. Every show is like a big family reunion.”

Mandy Simpson, Quackers Bags and Gifts

“I knew I had a good product, but I was clueless when it came to selling. Cottage Industries gave me a lot of help when I was starting up and I’ve never looked back.”

Jane Lowe, Alpine Homes

“Everyone wants to make a profit, but the real trick is to have fun while you’re doing it. Cottage Industries Association shows tick both those boxes for me.”

Richard De-Gennaro, Exhibitor

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