Our aim is to match the right sort of sellers with the right sort of buyers. Both groups have expectations and we try our hardest to satisfy both.
Who’s doing the mentoring?
We call it a mentoring programme to stress the interpersonal nature of the arrangement. We will supply you with written information and audios you can listen to, and we’ll offer you subsidised prices, but the most valuable aspect of the programme is your chance to ask an expert. That expert is Margeret Bunn.
Margeret has been running BCTF for over 27 years. Before that she ran retail craft fairs. She has dealt with literally thousands upon thousands of makers and received feedback from countless buyers. Few people in this country have a better understanding of the craft trade than Margeret.
Your first contact with Margeret is likely to be when you register and express an interest in exhibiting at a future BCTF. Margeret will visit your website and check out your products. Then she’ll call you to find out more about you and offer advice and information. This call can last five minutes or an hour – it’s up to you. You’re speaking with an expert. May as well find out all you can.
But your access to Margeret’s help and advice doesn’t end there. Once you’ve booked a stand, you’ll be given a link to your own personal online dashboard. Your dashboard will give you lots of information you’ll need – our Newcomers Guide, Help Audios, the Exhibitor Manual, order forms for lighting, power and stand extra’s, photography help and advice and lots more.
After accessing the help, we offer, you’ll probably have several questions relating to your own specific products. Fine, just call and ask us.
It’s all part of the service!
We will subsidise the cost of your stands for up to three years.
We have special sections for young and inexperienced makers that offer several advantages, not the least of which is saving you money!
The Newcomers Gallery
This is for makers who have been in business for less than two years and have never done a trade show before.
This package has an all- inclusive price of £692 for a 2m x 1m stand.
This section is for makers who have previously exhibited with us in the Newcomers Gallery. You can also exhibit here if you have limited trade experience and have been trading for less than than 5 years.
This package has an all- inclusive price of £755 for a 2.5m x1m stand.
The Main Hall
In your third appearance at BCTF you will be given a stand in the main hall and you will receive a 20% discount.