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Government’s Events Research Programme pilot

Clarion Events is pleased to announce that following detailed discussions with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Public Health Bodies and Harrogate Convention Centre, the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival & the Manchester Furniture Show in Harrogate has been selected to be part of a limited number of pilot events in the third phase of the Government Events Research Programme.

Manchester Furniture Show 2021 will take place 18-21 July, across the Harrogate Convention Centre and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate.

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate
DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate

Under the ERP pilot conditions, there will be no restrictions on visitor numbers or social distancing requirements on any day of the event (18-21st July). All attendees will be required to certify either they have had two vaccinations at least two weeks prior to attending or a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test at least 48hrs before attending. The consent required from all participants to opt in to the Event Research programme and NHS Test and Trace will be sent to all registered buyers and exhibitors individually.

Health and safety is paramount and remains our number one priority. A comprehensive Health and Safety document with FAQ’s for the event can be found here.

Mike Aramayo, Managing Director from Buoyant commented

“There is no doubt that we have all witnessed the craziest year or so of our lives. As we start to return to normality we are excited to be exhibiting our products again and are looking forward to welcoming all our loyal customers to this year’s Manchester Furniture Show in Harrogate. Stay safe, have a fantastic summer and we hope to see you all at the show soon.”

Ian Kettle, Managing Director from Kettle Interiors says

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

Manchester Furniture Show visitor registration is open and is on par with previous years, with key names confirming their attendance, and hotel stays as part of our VIP hosted buyer programme fully booked. Portfolio Director, Zoë Bonser said, “With the backing of the government, public health bodies, and our key customers we can see that the appetite and enthusiasm are there for an in-person buying and selling event. There is great excitement from both exhibitors and visitors to reconnect in Harrogate.”

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said:

“The business and events industry is worth around £40 billion annually to the UK economy so I’m delighted we are able to include the Manchester Furniture Show and Home & Gift Show 2021 in Harrogate at full capacity as part of our ground breaking Events Research Programme. This will continue to trial the use of the NHS App as a means to show you’re Covid safe.”

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

Clarion has outstanding expertise in retail and design industry with well-established shows and digital platforms including Top Drawer, Top Drawer On Demand, Home & Gift, January Furniture Show, Manchester Furniture Show, REVEAL, Design Shanghai, Spirit of Christmas, Scotland Trade Fair, Internet Retail Expo, Internet Retail Conference in the UK. Premium Fashion Shows Berlin, and Global Sources, Hong Kong. Clarion Events organises over 200 exhibitions, conferences and events annually across the globe and employs over 2500 people in 15 different countries. More than 16,000 companies trust us with their custom each year and over 1,000,000 people give their valuable time to visit our events.

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