New home for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show

Date

12 March 2019

PRESS RELEASE: 11 March 2019

New home for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show

Upper Street Events, one of the UK’s leading producers of passion led consumer events, has announced a major move for its London craft show, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show.

In 2020, the popular four day Spring show will re-locate from Olympia in Kensington to the Business Design Centre in central London. The market-leading Knitting & Stitching Shows take place in London, Dublin and Harrogate and are the UK’s biggest events for the textile art, craft and design community, attracting over 80,000 visitors a year.

The move is part of significant investment in The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show which in 2019 saw a larger show with a fresh look and feel, new dedicated dressmaking content including a Sewing School, Eco-friendly Dressmaking Competition, catwalk show, Upcycling Challenge and curated Textile Galleries by acclaimed artists. Visitor numbers for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show have grown by 11 per cent in the last two years, with organisers reporting that the 2019 show was the busiest ever.

Event Director Katie Ventresca said: “Interest in knitting and stitching is growing all the time and The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show has quite simply outgrown Olympia. Moving to the Business Design Centre is hugely exciting and will give us a big, beautiful, permanent home in which to expand and enhance the show’s content. The additional 1,000 square metres of floor space and abundant natural light will enable us to deliver a richer visitor experience with plenty of potential to grow our workshop and demonstration programmes, Textile Galleries, competitions, theatres and other live features. Reactions to news of the move and of plans to grow the Spring show have been positive. We are confident that current and new exhibitors will enjoy the benefits that the new venue will bring.”

Upper Street Events has been organising consumer events at the Business Design Centre for over thirty years, including some of its most successful exhibitions like the London Art Fair, New Designers and the Country Living Fair.

In January 2019, Immediate Media, the special interest content and platform company, announced its acquisition of Upper Street Events with ambitions to offer consumers world-class content, products, services and experiences across print, digital and live events.

Speaking about the acquisition at the time, Immediate Media CEO Tom Bureau said: “The acquisition of Upper Street Events is a further step in Immediate’s multiplatform transformation complementing our strategy of focusing on special interest content and communities. We see significant opportunities for growth and development in the events space, both in the markets Upper Street already operate in and with our portfolio of market-leading brands. This deal enhances our ability to offer our consumers world class content, products, services and experiences, across print, digital and live events.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Julie Parmenter
Brampton PR
T: +44 (0)1981 251820 / +44 (0)7775 715936
E: jparmenter@hotmail.co.uk

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