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Reviewing BITA’s Spring Showcase & Studio Show

100 days of showcasing the latest trends, collections and now artwork too!

The sun shone on Chelsea Harbour during our Spring Showcase & Studio shows and you came in your droves to join us for our centenary celebrations – the free tea, coffee and canapés certainly seemed to help too!

With over 800 visitors and almost 400 companies visiting the two day fabric, interiors and artwork shows we were overwhelmed with the positive response that these already popular shows received. We are very proud of the warm and intimate feeling of BITA shows and even more delighted that you enjoyed it so much, whether a first time visitor or a regular BITA supporter:

“As a newbie to the show I found it very welcoming and there was an excellent range of suppliers.” Nancy Landers, ZigZag

“The BITA 2016 March showcase was the best one to date; many fabulous collections to browse through and a good selection of suppliers.” Sarah Clarke, Sarah Clarke Interiors

“It was doing business in a conversational way. All the exhibitors were friendly; it was nice to meet them and well worth the trip.” Erik Fens, Marks of Difference

Our exhibitors enjoyed it just as much too:

“Claire Louise Designs was happy to exhibit at BITA’s first design show, at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel. It was a great opportunity to show the collection to new and existing companies. Looking forward to next year!” Claire Taylor, Claire Louise Designs

“Nice to see so many customers and the show was even better than last year: well done!” Ben Jacobs, Chatham Glyn

“As first time exhibitors we were impressed with the whole show, especially the canapes, thank you for making it such a fantastic experience.” Rachel Child, Rachel Child Designs.
With the established Trade Show – showing a full range of interior and textile products – now complimented by the Studio Show- where surface pattern and textile design studios offer their artwork and design collections – this annual event will only grow from strength to strength, just like the Gala Dinner.


This year was BITA’s third annual Gala dinner for the trade, and as the number of guests grows each year, so does the amount of fun! This year magician, Adam Keisner, wowed guests with his repertoire of amazing tricks including solving a Rubik’s cube one handed without looking!


Watch this space for details of next year’s Chelsea Harbour Shows as well as our upcoming Masterclass events and September shows – or sign up to our email alerts on our homepage to make sure you don’t miss out on updates: www.interiortextiles.co.uk
We look forward to welcoming you to our next event!

Will you be Visiting the UK’s first Studio Show in a decade?

BITA Studio: Bringing Brands, Manufacturers & Designers together under one roof.

13-14 March, The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, SW10 0XG

If you haven’t heard the news already, where have you been? The British Interiors & Textiles Association (BITA) are proud to host BITA’s Studio Show, where you can enjoy the latest collections from the world’s top Textile & Interior Surface Pattern Design Studios. The first show of its kind in the UK for 10 years!

With the show opening at the same time as London Design Week, on Sunday 13 March, just a stone’s throw from the Design Centre, visitors can see Spring Collections from Top Brands. As if that wasn’t enough, BITA’s Spring Showcase will also be celebrating 100 days of showcasing with popular brands such as Clarke & Clarke, Ena Shaw, iLiv, Prestigious, Simpson, Warwick & Yorke all under the same roof as the Studio Show.

Show Times:

Sunday 13 March: 10am – 5pm

Monday 14 March: 9.30am – 4pm

If you aren’t familiar with BITA you won’t know that our Trade Shows offer you free entry, complimentary tea & coffee all day, canapés at 1pm and afternoon tea at 2.30pm, plus if you pre-register at www.interiortextiles.co.uk and arrive before 3pm you will be entered into our Grand Prize Draw! Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an intimate show whilst browsing the latest collections from many Studios including:

AM Creative Designs, Claire Louise Designs, Creativo Surface Design, Diane Harrison, Fiona Howard, First Eleven Studio, Giacomo Barzaghi, Haley Studios, Jane Mosse Designs, K Jenny Tyas, L’Atelier Studio, Lemon Ribbon, Mary Jones Design, Pure Studio Designs, Rachel Child Designs, Sandra Jacobs, Simon Ashby Studios, Sooshichacha, Studio Van Den Broek, The Design Show, Trendart, Verbeek Designs & Yellow Label Designs.

The Studios are excited to have the opportunity to show you their latest collections in London’s Design Hub, at the stunning 5* Chelsea Harbour Hotel:

“It’s been such a long time since we had a UK based Design Show. The central location and timing with London Design Week and BITA’s established show is ideal; I’m very much looking forward to presenting our Studio’s design collections.” Mary Jones, Mary Jones Design

“As more customers in the Wallpaper and Textile industry develop collections through the year, there have to be more opportunities to meet our customers to showcase our designs. BITA is one such opportunity with excellent timing and exquisite location.” Chris Verbeek, Verbeek Designs

 “Diane Harrison is excited to be showing their collection in London for the first time since Home Interiors which feels like a hundred years ago! London has become a trend and design hub for our customers and what better time to be here than during such a special week of design. The show can only grow from strength to strength and become a must-visit event.” Tristan Goodfellow, Diane Harrison

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting new show; pre-register to avoid queuing on the day.

Full details and pre-registrations at www.interiortextiles.co.uk

BITA’s SPRING CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWCASE & STUDIO SHOW

It’s just over 4 weeks until BITA opens its doors to celebrate 100 days of Showcases…

“If you’re in the trade you can’t miss it.”

In just over a month The British Interiors & Textiles Association will celebrate 100 days of showcasing with their annual a 2 day interior & textile exhibition at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel – 13 & 14 March 2016. The trade exhibition, taking place during London Design Week, will showcase some of the world’s most popular brands of furnishing fabrics, curtains, blinds, poles, upholstered furniture, wallpaper and other interior accessories.

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You can see the following brands all under one roof: Ashley Wilde Designs, Backhausen, Bolton Textiles, Chatham Glyn Fabrics, Chess, Clarke & Clarke, Cliq Designs, Curtain Express, Design Crew, Edmund Bell, Emily McGuiness, Ena Shaw, Essente, Fibre Naturelle, Foster Lane, Girones, Grace de Lino, iliv, Indigo 7 Designs, in home, JHC, Kai, Montgomery, nikki Szabo, Parkhill, Parris Wakefield Additions, Prestigious, Richard Barrie, Rol-lite, Rufflette, Silent Gliss, Simpson, Sinclaire, Streets, tru living, Warwick, Yorke & many more!

We are also delighted to announce that we will be presenting Spring Collections from some top international Design Studios at BITA’s Studio Show.

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The UK’s first Studio Show in 10 years! Visit and see some of the best artwork available from top design studios including: AM Creative Designs, Claire Louise Designs, Diane Harrison Designs, Fiona Howard, First Eleven Studio, Giacomo Barzaghi, Haley Studios, Jane Mosse Designs, K Jenny Tyas, L’Atelier Studio, Mary Jones Design, Pure Studio Designs, Rachel Child Designs, Sandra Jacobs, Simon Ashby, Sooshichacha, Studio Van Den Broek, The Design Show, Trendart, Verbeek Designs, Yellow Label Designs.

“This March we are lucky to have some big names exhibiting as well as some new and upcoming companies – a great range for our visitors to enjoy! With past shows attracting over 600 guests across the two days, we expect the stunning 5* hotel to be packed for the third year running!” Diane Harding, BITA Secretary, Marketing Director & Show Organiser.

Here’s what our exhibitors have to say about BITA Showcases:

“Clarke & Clarke are delighted to be exhibiting at the BITA Showcase event once again; the timing and location we feel will prove very beneficial for our brand and our customers!” Andrew Kirk, UK Sales Manager, Clarke & Clarke

“Both Simpson and Yorke Interiors will be exhibiting again at the BITA Exhibition at Chelsea in March, during London Design Week. This is an excellent time to show, with visitors attending from all over the UK and Europe.” David Yorke, Managing Director, Simpson

“The BITA London showcase always proves to be a great show. We enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and connect with our existing customers – showing off our latest collections in a relaxed and intimate environment.” Andrew Hoyle, Sales and Marketing Director, Edmund Bell Fabrics.

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“Diane Harrison is excited to be showing their collection in London for the first time since Home Interiors which feels like a hundred years ago! We are excited because for our customers London has become a trend and design hub. We anticipate seeing a number of quality customers and it’s fantastic that BITA are staging this design show. It can only grow from strength to strength and become a must-visit event. Tristan Goodfellow, Diane Harrison

​”I am very excited to exhibit at the show.  My designs are all hand painted then produced in digital format in repeat and colour separated, ranging from inky floral to geometrics and damasks.  I’m so pleased there is a UK show again and am sure it will be a huge success.  I look forward to welcoming existing customers and meeting new ones.” Claire Taylor, Claire Louise Designs

But don’t just take their word for it! We asked our visitors what makes them keep coming back to see us:

“I have always been most impressed with the high standard of showcases each year: a great asset to my interior design business.” Denise Smallwood, Print ‘n’ Plains Interiors

“If you’re in the trade you can’t miss it.” Ross Griffiths, Curtain Workshop

 Visitors will find the welcoming, warm and friendly setting that makes BITA Showcases so popular, with FREE entry and COMPLIMENTARY canapés & refreshments throughout both days.

 To pre-register as a visitor please visit www.interiortextiles.co.uk or contact Laura Jones (01908 410598 ext.5) email laura.jones@interiortextiles.co.uk

Welcome to Steve Rolfe Photography

My name is Steve Rolfe and I started my own photography business just over a year ago.

The main feature of my business is based in interior design photography and I work with interior-soft furnishing designers as well as hotels and restaurant-bars.

I am based in Gloucestershire, but have worked in various areas of the country, so am happy to travel.

I have met and worked with a lot of fantastic designers and owners in my first year and am hoping to push my business onwards in 2016 and hopefully will get to work with a lot more creative people in the coming year.

I have a number of packages available to designers to suit their needs from whole property shoots to product images so I can offer a truly bespoke package.

My website steverolfephotography.co.uk carries a number of my images  highlighting not only my interior photos but also a portfolio of other work.

 

If you are seeking a photographer for a project, please contact me.

Thank you

Steve Rolfe

steverolfe@aol.com

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New Improved Roman Blind Wizard

Roman Blind Wizard, the internet-based design and calculation facility for bespoke Roman blind makers, has celebrated its third anniversary with a complete makeover and functionality upgrade.

When it was launched in 2012 www.romanblind-wizard.co.uk was the first universal utility designed specifically to calculate the ideal fold sizes and precise rod pocket positions for cascading and standard Roman blinds. Since then it has helped more than 1,500 Roman Blind makers all over the world, ranging from large companies to individuals. To satisfy this global demand Roman Blind Wizard now offers both metric and imperial calculations.

Developed in the professional workrooms of Staffordshire-based bespoke curtain and blind-makers, Mary Grice Soft Furnishings, the Wizard eliminates the mathematical minefield which faces conscientious designers and makers of bespoke Roman blinds, generating precise answers to every key question:

  • How many folds should my Roman blind have?
  • Where should I position the rods in my Roman blind?
  • How do I plan for cascading folds in a Roman blind?
  • How do I allow for different headrail depths and bottom trims?
  • What will the stacked-up depth of my blind be?
  • How much fabric, lining and hardware will I need?

Initially developed with a view to saving precious time in her own busy workroom, designer Mary Grice soon realised that no other similar solution existed in the soft furnishing market-place.  Researching the likely demand for such a tool, she discovered three core traditional methods of approaching the fold calculation dilemma:

  1. Manual Calculations – tedious and time consuming, and often teamed with the need for trial sampling on scraps of fabric to double-check accuracy
  2. Look-up tables – often out-dated with no scope to specify different headrail depths or design options, these do not deliver a truly bespoke solution
  3. Getting it wrong – the mathematics behind perfect fold calculations is tricky; a tiny error can result in blinds that just look wrong!

“Each bespoke Roman blind has a multitude of variables” explains Mary, “including finished drop, headrail allowance, fold depth, number of folds, cascade increment, bottom trim and stacked-up depth constraints.  And with all these variables to consider, it’s not surprising that many of us spend more time on the calculator than the sewing machine!”

A solution was clearly desperately needed for bespoke Roman blind makers to improve the speed and accuracy of blind specification whilst retaining control of the variable design elements.  Roman Blind Wizard delivers a precise Workroom Instruction sheet and complete bill of materials from one simple input screen.  Interactive help and intelligent processing means that mistakes and wastage are eliminated.

Over the past three years Roman Blind Wizard has provoked enthusiastic and in some cases rapturous responses:

“Once again, thank you so much, it really saves us so much time in the workroom”

“Brilliant!….will save me so much frustration and brain ache”

“….the spacings are absolutely perfect”

Roman Blind Wizard looks set to become the Industry Standard for blind makers globally.  It is already being used by dozens of workrooms in the UK, with new users joining from around the world every day.

Roman Blind Wizard is available to anyone involved in the design, specification or make-up of bespoke Roman blinds, from sole traders through to huge workrooms, interior designers, specifiers, wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers.  Pricing and purchase options are available for a single Roman blind or one thousand, and the time savings and improved accuracy are tangible and immediate.

Roman Blind Wizard is available now as a web-based, pay-per-click facility.  Registration is quick and free and for a limited period, new users will get one free credit to evaluate the service without obligation.

Go to www.romanblind-wizard.co.uk

 

Fancy a splash of colour? Try Girones…

For many years, the growing trend for modern furniture, with plain and subdued colours has been present in thousands of homes, hotels and restaurants.

With their Geometric Collection of curtains and cushions Girones, one of BITA’s latest members,seeks to inject a splash of colour and to brighten up the paleness with modern colours and shapes, giving a fresh and comfortable feeling to every part of your home, whilst maintaining the feel of modernity and elegance which is so important.

Exceptional designs, made with high quality fabrics, give a touch of personality that will not go unnoticed.

You can find these designs and much more on Girones online shop www.gironeshome.com

Bollington Insurance Announced as Appointed Broker for British Interiors & Textiles Association

September 2015, Bollington Insurance has recently been appointed as the insurance broker for the British Interiors & Textiles Association.

Established in 1973, Bollington is an award-winning independent insurance broker based in the North-West of England, with a nationwide presence.  Bollington will offer BITA members access to business insurance quotations over the phone or face-to-face, while their competitive premiums come with an additional 10% discount for members and showcase visitors.

Clients also have access to 24/7 claims support should the worst happen.   Alongside insurance advice, Bollington also provides health and safety assistance at a favourable rate should the business require it.

Bollington will be supporting the upcoming BITA showcase in September in Manchester.  Staff will be available at the show to discuss any insurance related matters that may concern members or showcase visitors.

Paul Moors, Chief Executive of Bollington, commented: “We are delighted to be working with BITA, and to be in a position to offer their members a useful discount on their insurance premium.  We are confident that BITA members will be very happy with our service offering, as our friendly team offer advice on a full range of insurance products.”

“Bollington is known for taking the time to develop relations with customers in specialist markets in order to offer them a high quality of cover and great value for money.”

“We are looking forward to attending the September BITA Showcase events and building relationships with businesses working in this exciting industry.”

BITA’s Accounts Manager, Gary Ferguson, remembers how Bollington supported the company after suffering a serious fire in 2011, which completely destroyed their office, “We know how important it is to have the correct insurance policy set in place. Bollington Insurance Brokers were able to assist us in identifying the right cover, specific to our business, and also provide quotes from several insurance companies. Their process is simple and easy to understand- they are more than happy to help with any queries. I would highly recommend Bollington to anyone, especially those who are afraid of shopping around in case their quality of cover maybe affected.”

BITA members can get a quotation for their insurance through www.bollington.com/bita, or by calling Bollington on 0845 601 3852.  Remember to mention you are a BITA member when calling to obtain a discount on your insurance.

BITA HITS THE ROAD IN JUST 1 MONTH: HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US…

Only one month to go! The 13th of September marks the beginning of BITA’s annual September Showcase Roadshows and we couldn’t be more excited.

We begin in Manchester at the contemporary Lowry Hotel (13 – 14 September) before moving to the stylish Belfry Hotel in Nottingham (16 – 17 September), finally we conclude at the luxurious Hilton, Syon Park, in London (20 – 21 September); optimise your experience at Syon Park by visiting Decorex, which is right next door!

We have an array of exhibitors joining us at the September Showcase, ranging from those specialising in fabrics, poles, trimmings and blinds to those who have stunning accessories, and lots in-between! With brands such as: Archroll, BBSA, Chatham Glyn, Edmund Bell, Emily McGuiness, Ena Shaw, Foster Lane, Integra, Jones Interiors, Montgomery, Novatec, NV Blinds, Prestigious Textiles, Richard Barrie, Rol-lite, Silent Gliss, Silkland, Simta, Streets, Swish, Tulip Blinds, Universal, Wendy Cushing Passenterie and Wise Windows – you are sure to be inspired!

If our exhibitors don’t fully quench your creative thirst, we’re also holding Masterclasses, with a different specialist seminar held by a range of professionals in the mornings and afternoons of the shows! This is a great opportunity for you to gain some tips on window blind safety and making curtains, blinds and lampshades. Entry to Masterclasses is free to all guests but you will need to book your place. Make sure you have pre-registered to receive all the latest class and booking information.

As always entry to our trade only show is free and we’re also offering free tea and coffee all day! Dependent on the venue, a complimentary canapé or buffet lunch will also be available for you to enjoy. And…if you pre-register for the show you will be entered into our Grand Prize Draw.

Sign up today at www.interiortextiles.co.uk; we can’t wait to see you!

Trade charity, FTCT, launches its second national poster campaign with the backing of industry leaders

Trade charity, the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) has sent personal letters to CEO’s and HR managers of 130 of the UK’s top retailers, with the support of industry leaders Meg Lustman, CEO of Hobbs and Chair of FTCT, and Dave Shepherd, COO of Arcadia and Trustee of FTCT.

The aim of this year’s campaign is to increase awareness of FTCT’s grant programme that supports the education and wellbeing of children whose parents work in any aspect of UK fashion retailing, manufacturing and textile trade, including those who work in the interior textiles industry.

FTCT are currently working with BHS, M&S, Hobbs and NEXT however, they are keen to reach more companies – big and small – to help ease financial pressure off those families in the industry who have hit hard times.

It only takes one instance such as illness, disability or bereavement to put family in financial hardship,” says FTCT director, Anna Pangbourne. “This can have a detrimental effect on their personal lives and performance at work.

“We have grants available to help children with their education and overall wellbeing; these grants act a bridge to help families support them during difficult financial times,” she continues. “With the help of FTCT trustees such as Meg Lustman and David Shepherd we aim to encourage more employers to jump on board and work with us to support their employees and their children throughout the UK.”

 The charity welcomes contact from all employers who wish to get their company involved. To find out more, simply call the FTCT team on 020 7232 1876 or email anna@ftct.org.uk.

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