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Garratt praises JFS as members report success

Incoming BFM md Nick Garratt has praised this year’s JFS as ‘astonishing.’

‘Although I am not a new face in the industry, I was attending the January Furniture Show for the first time as md of the BFM. My thoughts on the approach to January was that I would take the time to visit every attending member, to introduce myself and find out more about each member. However, upon arrival, I struggled to talk to a huge number of members due to the stands constantly being full of potential buyers.’

More than 45 of the show’s exhibitors are BFM members, including many of the largest manufacturers.

‘By the end of the fourth day, I had managed to speak to a majority number of exhibiting members and it seemed that everyone had experienced an astonishing show. One member stated that they couldn’t remember the show being so triumphant in the last six years.

‘Feedback from retailers and visitors was also of praise concerning the high quality of the stands and that the investment into presentation was terrific.

‘This is all testament to the hard work and organisation from Clarion Events. We would like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to event directors Theresa Janes and Larraine Raymond, for their years of hard work, as it was sadly their final show with Clarion. We also look forward to the years to come, working with the new management team who will I’m sure encourage the continual growth of what has become such an iconic event in the furniture calendar, and of which we are honoured to be partners.’

Garratt is pictured with Jackie Bazeley, outgoing BFM md during the show.