The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has announced its second virtual exhibition after the overwhelming success of the first.
BCTF Online events are proving something of a stopgap for organiser PSM as it plans for an April 2021 return to action after its 2020 exhibition was cancelled.
The show, which has been running for 45 years, will display in a second online-only event 20-22 September.
This comes after the success of its first BCTF Online exhibition took place in mid-June.
BCTF reported that more than 600 buyers logged onto the first online exhibition to support over 200 British designer-makers, most of whom had been due to exhibit at the Yorkshire Event Centre with BCTF before lockdown put a stop to all major events.
Organiser Margeret Bunn said: “Covid-19 has set new challenges for this growing industry but with some forward thinking and ingenuity we aim to keep supporting those that place their faith in us.
“I’m very happy to report that the first BCTF Online was a huge success. Good orders were secured by many participants and our popular ‘Hangout’ was a great place for designers and buyers alike to catch up and share their experiences.
“Because the first event went so well, we have decided to put on a second edition of BCTF Online in September, at a time we feel buyers will be more than ready to start stocking up for what is predicted to be a bumper Christmas trading period as families seek comfort after such a difficult – and for many people, traumatic – year.”
It was announced in February – before lockdown measures were implemented, putting an end to in-person events – that the later cancelled April 2020 edition of the BCTF would be the first to open its doors to the public. It remains to be seen whether the upcoming 2021 version will be open to the public. Read more about the decision below: