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21 Oct 2021

Reflecting on a successful Toy & Gift Show and Introducing exciting rebrand to INDX Toys & Nursery

The Independent Toy & Gift show resumed a much-awaited live format when it returned to Cranmore Park in Solihull on 14-15 September to unite the industry at the only UK Toy trade show of 2021.

The teams responsible for planning the show worked hard to ensure the well-being of all its visitors and exhibitors and despite the challenges of holding a live event, whilst maintaining Covid-19 measures, the show successfully delivered an exciting showcase of market-leading brands and a friendly, professional environment conducive to placing orders.

The two-day event was backed by over 50 leading suppliers and was well attended by retailers from across the UK, with everyone keen to get back to business as usual. Exhibitors such as Nick Saunders from Brainstorm were among the first to herald the show a success:

“We had a great show. It was a fantastic tonic to be at the coal face again and actually talking to customers face-to-face!”

After a long absence of physical tradeshows, visiting buyers were also keen to provide glowing reviews:

“As the buyer for Wicked Uncle, I attend a lot of shows. From toy to gift, stationery, nursery, beauty, book fairs and more - in 2019 I visited a record 27 shows. Without doubt, The Indie Toy & Gift Show is my favourite by far. Smoothly run, with easy access, comfortable and welcoming, this is THE show of the year for me. It is so good to chat to suppliers in such a relaxed setting and we do some great business there, regularly place large orders. Simply the Best!” – Liam, Wicked Uncle

“A huge thank you for organising a terrific show! It was so wonderful to be able to see suppliers and products, many of them for the first time this year. There was a real buzz in the showroom” – Su Gill, Morley Stores

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Introducing INDX Toys & Nursery

In an exciting development, the Independent Toy & Gift show is joining the umbrella group of INDX trade shows and when it returns to Cranmore Park next year, it will do so under the INDX Home Banner, rebranded as the INDX Toys & Nursery show.

INDX (short for Independent Exhibitions) represents a group of established and very successful trade shows covering fashion and home categories which are curated by leading buying group AIS (Associated Independent Stores).

The welcome addition of Toys & Nursery will expand and strengthen the existing INDX Home portfolio which already includes Furniture, Housewares, Linens, Beds & Bedroom and Gift Food. (For further information please visit www.indxshows.co.uk )

“The Independent Toy & Gift ethos has a lot of similarities with the key values that the INDX Brand stands for, such as providing a business and buyer focussed approach to shows and a commitment to meeting the diverse requirements of today’s retailers. We are delighted to be joining the INDX family and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the launch show in April 2022”
- Rosie Marshall, Head of Toys & Children’s Gifts, AIS

All INDX trade shows offer free admission and free on-site parking and are located at Cranmore Park in Solihull, close to the M42.

In a revision to the initially released dates, the first INDX Toys & Nursery show will take place on 06-07 April 2022. Open to ALL retailers, INDX Toys & Nursery will showcase the latest product ranges (with surprises at every turn!), including traditional toys, market-leading suppliers and the newest trends.

Buyer registration for INDX Toys & Nursery is now open and can be accessed via the INDX website: https://www.indxshows.co.uk/indx-home/toys-nursery/registration 


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