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BITA Members benefit from partnership with Utilitywise

BITA is proud to have selected Utilitywise as the preferred Energy Partner for BITA (trade association for the UK interior textiles industry).

Thousands of businesses of all sizes rely on Utilitywise for their energy and water management needs, whether at one site or across the UK.

They have access to prices from major gas and electricity suppliers in the UK, allowing them to find an energy price for your business and removing the hassle of dealing with your energy account.

Why choose Utilitywise…

They provide a one stop service for Electricity, Gas and Water.

  • A dedicated Account Manager will work with you to tailor a plan to match your organisation’s needs, delivering time and cost savings to your business.
  • You can gain free and impartial advice from our free phone Utility Helpline – 0845 653 1034.
  • All BITA members are offered our free Bill checking service (Electricity, Gas and Water), providing peace of mind and ensuring you only pay for what you need.
  • A free Energy Health Check is available to BITA members which will allow you to benchmark your business against those in the same industry and of a similar size, we may uncover savings opportunities during this process.
  • Using their market knowledge and buying power, they research the market and provide a range of tariffs (fixed, flexible or portfolio) – to save you money and time.
  • Your Account Manager will remind you when you are due to renew your contracts, offering you peace of mind and time saving when managing your accounts.
  • Your dedicated Account Manager will walk you through the switching process. Taking care of all of the paperwork.

Frequently asked questions…

Do we pay Utilitywise or the supplier?

Your contract will always be with the supplier.

How is Utilitywise paid?

Utilitywise is paid a commission from the energy supplier. This varies by energy supplier and is often a fixed fee per meter.

Are Utilitywise regulated by an official body?

No, but we are regularly audited by the energy suppliers to ensure we are adhering to their codes of practice. In addition, we have an in-house compliance team.

 Which energy suppliers do Utilitywise work with?

We are truly independent and we place contracts with the widest range of suppliers including some of the smaller new entrants to the market.

What information do you need from me?

All we require is a signed Letter of Authority (LoA) and a scanned copy of your most recent bill. The LoA does not oblige you to do anything moving forward – it simply allows us to begin the analysis process. You are not obliged to work with us beyond that.

Who manages the handover?

Utilitywise manages the whole transfer process.

Key Benefits:

  • Fixed price contracts for up to five years.
  • Reduction of energy consumption through a wide range of auditing, monitoring and reduction services.
  • Central billing – for customers with multiple sites
  • Excellent customer service

To find out more about joining BITA from £50+VAT a year please email laura.jones@norfolkhouse-uk.com or call 01908 410598 (ex 5)

Already a member?

Contact our BITA energy experts on 0845 653 1034 or e-mail bita@utilitywise.com

Join us at BITA’s BIG SHOOT!

The British Interior Textiles Association is delighted to announce:

 BITA’s BIG SHOOT

Friday 17 July 10am – 2pm

We are so excited to be inviting you to BITA’s BIG SHOOT!

A great way to network with other companies in the Interior and Textiles Industry and have a spot of good old fashioned fun in the English countryside!

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                       JOIN US IN                          Just £79 per person

      Warwickshire             (plus VAT)

Tickets include:

  • Breakfast (bacon roll & tea/coffee)
  • Shooting (guns, clays & cartridges)
  • Tuition
  • A touch of competition to sate your competitive streak
  • A BBQ lunch with refreshments

THE NITTY GRITTY:

Location: Just off the M40, a short drive from Coventry. Full details will be provided at time of booking.

Timings: Arrival is 10.00 – 10.30am and breakfast will be served at 10.30am. We will shoot from 11am – 1.30pm and after you have enjoyed prize giving and the BBQ lunch you will be free to leave at about 2pm.

What do I need? Yourself and any guests, a sense of fun and an appetite: we will provide the rest!

How do I book? Email Laura: laura.jones@norfolkhouse-uk.com

Looking ahead to BITA’s September Roadshow: 4 months to go!

We are already getting excited about September’s Showcases and we know, with March’s resounding success still ringing in our ears, that it will be upon us before we know it.

We start in Manchester at the opulent Lowry Hotel on Sunday 13th & Monday 14th September, travel down to the chic Nottingham Belfry Hotel for Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th September and finally culminate at London’s stunning Hilton Syon Park on Sunday 20th & Monday 21st – where you can make the most of your day by visiting Decorex at the same time!

With venues up and down the country you can come and see us at a place convenient to you and, if your appetite hasn’t been satisfied by the many brands that are showing with us, enjoy free tea & coffee and maybe even time it just right to enjoy our complimentary canapé or buffet lunch (depending on where you visit us).

With many of the UK’s top brands already signed up, including: Archroll, Chatham Glyn, Eclectics, Emily McGuiness, Foster Lane, Integra, Jones Interiors, Novatec, NV Blinds, Prestigious Textiles, Rol-Lite Blinds, Silkland, Simta, Streets, Swish, Tulip, Universal, Wendy Cushing and Wise Windows you are sure to leave with inspiration galore and a BITA goody bag too!

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To pre-register as a visitor and keep up to date with the latest show information please visit www.interiortextiles.co.uk

Thinking about exhibiting?

For more information and an exhibitor information pack, please contact Laura Jones on 01908 410 598 ext.5 or email laura.jones@norfolkhouse-uk.com

BITA’s Spring 2015 Chelsea Harbour Showcase: “Our Most Successful Yet!”

The British Interior Textiles Association is proud to announce yet another record breaking showcase with its 92nd one day showcase in 8 years!

With the stunning backdrop of London’s Chelsea Harbour, the exhibition on 8 & 9 March, at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, showcased over 30 exciting brands – some brand new! Over 600 visitors were treated to free entry to the popular trade show and exhibits of fabric, cushions, blinds, poles, upholstery, trimmings as well as complimentary Masterclasses.

Many new, high end exhibitors such as Olivia Bard, Diffusion, Artistic Upholstery, Today Interiors and Warwick Fabrics joined our already extensive list of exhibitors and brands, including Prestigious Textiles, Simpson Interiors, Evans Textiles, Chatham Glyn and Edmund Bell, to make this another hugely successful and exciting BITA show.

Victoria Hill, Victoria Hill Bespoke Soft Furnishings, commented that, “Olivia Bard’s new collection is stunning, and the accessories are too, the way they had laid it out was very attractive. I liked the Yorke stand very much too, with their inclusion of the upholstered pieces.”

While Janette Thomas, Verity Threadgold Curtains and Blinds thought that, “accessibility and appreciation of the needs of the newcomer at Ashley House and Streets were definite highlights.”

Many visitors also commented on how passionate the exhibitors were about their products, that the product ranges were fresh, innovative, varied and up to date and how friendly and informative staff were.

Nyki Jones, Darley Design, was excited by the, “really gorgeous high end looking fabrics on offer at many stands, such as Warwick, at a very reasonable price.”

Guests were also impressed by House of Robinson’s Loose Covers Masterclass on Sunday afternoon, where Sallyann Rolfe demonstrated the intricateness of loose covers by covering pattern placement, tuck aways and easing fullness. On Monday visitors were also treated to two Moore & McCabe Masterclasses. The Cushion Cover Master Class included ‘top tips’ and the Upholstered Pelmets Master Class discussed the materials and assembly of professional pelmets.

Evrin Skyers, Skyers Furnishings, who visited the BITA CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWCASE on Monday, said that, “The whole exhibition was excellent and welcoming. Being able to talk to so many exhibitors on a one-to-one basis was very beneficial. He also commented that the Masterclasses were, “Fantastic and professional, they really delivered and I was so impressed. I am already looking forward to the next ones.”

Diane Harding – Secretary & Marketing Director of BITA and Show Organiser was delighted with this season’s event, “This was our 3rd showcase at Chelsea Harbour and our most successful yet! A perfect opportunity for exhibitors, who can’t have a permanent showroom in the Chelsea Harbour area, to show their ranges in the busiest week of the year! We expect this Showcase to be even bigger and better next year! Now we are looking forward to exhibiting at the Hilton at Syon Park – next door to Decorex – in September.”

Our exhibitors enjoyed the best visitor to exhibitor ratio in BITA showcasing history and were full of praise for the showcase:

Graham Bateman, Prestigious Textiles, felt that, “The confidence we are currently experiencing in the general market-place was reflected in the positive comments received from our visitors. A number of new accounts plus new enquiries added to the interest expressed by our existing customers. A very good show.”

“10/10 for the venue and location.” Lindsy Wilson Haddow

When asked what had gone well, Gary Millican, Rol-lite, couldn’t have been clearer, “Everything!”

While both Fibre Naturelle and Simpson Interiors commented on the excellent organisation of the show.

Visitors to the trade event also enjoyed free tea and coffee, complimentary canapés and afternoon tea as they browsed the show in the exquisite harbour setting.

Karen Roberts Woodrow Bespoke Soft Furnishings summed up the show’s atmosphere perfectly, “It was fabulous and every effort was made to make me feel welcome and to get the most out of my visit.”

Both visitors and exhibitors have already seen the benefits of BITA membership since visiting the show. BITA is pleased to welcome Dorset Chairman, Classic Curtains, Moore & McCabe and House of Robinson as its newest members.

Regular satisfied exhibitors have already signed up for our September 2015 Roadshow, three 2 day shows in Manchester, Midland and London’s Syon Park (during Decorex).

For more information and photos please contact Laura Jones, Marketing Manager on 01908 410598 ext.5 or email marketing@norfolkhouse-uk.com

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust: Aisha & Jo’s Story

Aisha, 11, lives with her mother Jo. Jo is a single parent who works part-time at Tesco and receives no additional support. Due to this, finding cash for everyday essentials is a huge challenge. 

Jo told us: “I heard about the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) through an email I received from Gingerbread – a charity that supports single parents. As a single parent myself on a low-income, I needed help buying a kitchen table, along with essential clothing and a wardrobe and drawer set for Aisha.
“When I contacted FTCT, I felt like I was being heard and not judged. They were very understanding, helpful and friendly. I really appreciate their thoughtfulness as it can be difficult asking for help.
“The process of getting a well-being grant for Aisha was easy. Giving the charity the information they needed, and waiting for a decision whether the grant would be approved went very quickly.
“I am happy and very relieved my daughter got the grant. Aisha is very happy with her wardrobe and drawers. She loved going clothes shopping; it was great to treat her and do something nice together.
“The grants given by FTCT are so important for single parent families on a low income. When all of your money is going on rent and food it is impossible to afford essential items that are vital for a child’s self-image. It is hard paying the bills; with the cost of living going up people are just getting by.
“It’s so kind that charities such as FTCT are reaching out to help families such as mine. Now, Aisha and I are very happy and have started to enjoy life.”
The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust are an associate member of BITA.

TURKISH TOWELS EXHIBITION FEBRUARY 2014

The DENIB Home Textiles Group and The British Interior Textiles Association (BITA) have collaborated this year to create a unique opportunity. On Tuesday 24 February at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian & Thursday 26 February at London’s Westbury Mayfair Hotel, the premium comfort of Turkish Home Textiles will be exhibited for large retailers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and designers to view.

With the superior quality offered by 18 distinctive producers of luxury towels, bathrobes, bedcovers, table cloths and other premium products and excellent exhibition management, provided by Norfolk House Consultants www.norfolkhouse-uk.com this event is must see exhibition.

INSPIRED BY ANCIENT WONDERS; DESIGNED FOR TODAY’S LIFESTYLE

With historic roots dating back to ancient times, the Denizli Home Textiles Group, Turkey, are proud to be showcasing their gorgeous collections of towels, bathrobes, bed linen, tablecloths and other premium products.

In our age of fast food and throwaway clothing, the concept of ‘quality’ has increasingly eroded; but traditional techniques, tested through time, have not been lost.

The Textile Industry has existed in Turkey for thousands of years. In particular, the city of Denizli is known for its 4,000 year old history as a textile producing hub. Having manufactured high-end textile products since ancient times, Denizli remains a world leader in this sector today.

Visitors from large retailers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and designers are invited to join us to view these top quality products. Enjoy: free entry, complimentary tea & coffee and light snacks.

Show Details:

Manchester: Tuesday 24 February 2015, 10am-6pm, Radisson Blu Edwardian

Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

London: Thursday 26 February 2015, 10am-6pm, Westbury Mayfair Hotel

Bond Street, London, W1S 2YF

For further information please see: http://www.interiortextiles.com/turkish-towels-uk-showcase.php

Or contact Diane Harding:

E: diane.harding@norfolkhouse-uk.com

T:07912 379739

BITA SHOWCASE MARCH 2015

The British Interior Textiles Association is celebrating its 8th successful year of showcases with a 2 day event at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 8 & 9 March 2015. The trade exhibition, taking place the same week as London Design Week, will showcase some of the most popular brands of furnishing fabrics, curtains, blinds, poles, upholstered furniture, wallpaper and other interior accessories in the UK.

“BITA exhibitors were so pleased with the results of our first show at Chelsea Harbour last year – with over 600 visitors – that BITA are delighted to be back again, during London Design Week on 8 & 9 March 2015. The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a wonderful venue, especially with the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre being just next door!  We are expecting even more visitors this March and our Annual BITA Gala Dinner, held on the Sunday night for anyone in the industry – not just exhibitors and visitors – is nearly sold out!”  Diane Harding –BITA Secretary & Marketing Director and Show Organiser.

Some of our exhibitors were keen to share their thoughts as to why they have decided to join us. Here’s what they had to say about BITA:

“Fibre Naturelle will yet again be using Chelsea as a platform to launch their new collections. Great atmosphere enjoyed by all our clients in a superb location.” Jennie Gravett, Sales Manager

“The BITA shows are an excellent way to showcase our new collections, so many customers in one place at one time.” David York, Managing Director of Simpson & Yorke Interiors

“Warwick are excited to join BITA Chelsea as part of our drive to develop business in London and the South East of England. We are looking forward to showcasing our latest fabrics with existing and new customers.” John-Andrew Ovenstone, Managing Director, Warwick Fabrics

“Haddow Group have been exhibiting at BITA for the last 5 years with Kestral, one of their highly successful interior brands,  and have selected to show case this year at BITA, the new Olivia Bard’s stirring debut collection of fabrics, poles and tiebacks.

“BITA offers us a perfect opportunity to present our new collection to numerous current customers and potential new clients, in a relaxed and professional environment.  We believe this to be a perfect launch environment for our new brand and looking forward to another successful show.” Lindsy Wilson Sales Director Haddow Interiors.

“Diffusion are looking forward to launching a stunning collection of voile fabrics at the BITA London Showcase.  It will be a tremendous opportunity to present our new product range to a host of existing and new clients.” Vivien Corr, Commercial Director, Diffusion

“We always look forward to the BITA shows whether it be the London Showcase or the September Roadshows. They provide a great friendly yet professional environment in which to meet both new customers and connect with current customers to showcase our new and current fabrics & linings. A must on our event calendar each year.” – Andrew Hoyle – Sales & Marketing Director – Edmund Bell Fabrics

“Prestigious Textiles is delighted to continue its support of the London Chelsea BITA event. This event has grown in stature over the last couple of years and is ideally located to rub shoulders with London Design Week. As much as welcoming our visitors to our stand and presenting our new Spring/Summer 2015 ranges,  we also look forward to a little light entertainment at the Gala dinner!” Graham Bateman – Sales Director – Prestigious Textiles Ltd

Further to the fantastic feedback and success of last year’s masterclass, this year visitors will be treated to 2 masterclasses from Moore & McCabe Textiles. Join us to experience their expertise with a cushions Master Class – which will include ‘top tips’ – and a pelmets Master Class, as well as a Q&A session.

Visitors will once again find the welcoming, warm and friendly setting that makes BITA Showcases so popular, with FREE entry, canapés, afternoon cream teas and refreshments throughout both days.

To pre-register as a visitor please visit www.interiortextiles.co.uk.

For more information and photos please contact Laura Jones on 01908410598 ext.5 or email marketing@norfolkhouse-uk.com


 

BITA Partners with Smart Currency Business

The British Interior Textiles Association (BITA) and international payment specialist Smart Currency Business have partnered to provide interior textiles businesses with a wider range of information and services.

A trade association for the UK interior textiles industry, BITA promotes and safeguards the interests of its members, which range from large, well-known brands to small companies with a few employees.

Smart Currency Business has been working with interiors and textiles companies for over ten years to help them minimise losses and mitigate risk on currency exchange transactions.

“BITA’s members – whether small or large – have growing export and import businesses, so it makes sense for our Association to find a currency exchange partner who can give our members a reliable and competitive service,” says Diane Harding, BITA Secretary. “We have researched the market and believe that Smart Currency Business will give our members more than just low priced currency exchange – with the excellent service they have already supplied to UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) members, it made sense to choose them as our partner in this financial arena.”

“Smart Currency Business provides more than currency exchange transactions,” says Alex Bennett, the company’s sector business specialist. “The Smart Currency Business ethos is to provide clients with added value, through sharing industry-specific news, insights and educational content, networking opportunities, and hospitality arrangements.

We go the extra mile to help our clients grow. This is why we are delighted to be working with BITA, who also work to help their members maximise their business opportunities. I am confident that by pooling our resources, we can refine and expand our services to the industry, and help many more UK interiors and textiles companies to thrive.”

TRADE 80

TRADE 80 based in London are Trade 80 Silks are a bespoke supplier of Silk curtain and fashion fabrics for Bridal, couture, Interiors. Digital Prints and Embroideries on Silk, Linen and Cotton can be found in its beautiful collections. This BITA member has also signed up for the Autumn Showcases 2014! http://ow.ly/vT0pq

EDMUND BELL

EDMUND BELL is another BITA member who has also chosen to exhibit at the Autumn Showcases 2014! We are proud to have this specialist and supplier of curtain linings, blackout and dimout fabrics. In 2005 Edmund Bell proudly celebrated its 150th anniversary by being awarded the UK’s most coveted business accolade – the Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade; a fitting way to mark a century and a half of success. http://ow.ly/vT0pm