ICHF Events introduces artisan offering to Creative Craft shows
By Mark Hayhurst 03 Oct 2019
The UK’s leading lifestyle, craft and cake events organiser, ICHF Events, has announced a partnership with Birmingham-based craft market organisers Bert and Gert’s, to bring a new artisan craft area to the shows.
The partnership will start at Simply Christmas at the NEC from October 31 - November 3 and continue at the Creative Craft Shows through 2020.
Started through a love of arts and crafts in 2012, Bert and Gert’s is run by Birmingham-based brothers Mark and Jason Wilkes. It runs boutique artisan craft markets across the UK, working with an eclectic mix of artisan makers. Named after grandparents, Bert and Gert’s is a truly family business rooted in a love of craft.
Jason Wilkes said: “Bert and Gert’s champions the small artisan craft makers and partnering with the Creative Craft Show is something we’re very excited about. Being at these shows will open up a whole new audience for our artisan traders and bring visitors to the shows something a little different.”
The Bert and Gert’s area at the NEC Birmingham show in November will feature upwards of 32 stands.
ICHF Events Managing Director, Simon Burns, said: “The trend we see across the industry for beautiful handmade finished crafts continues to grow. Much of this has been online and we saw an opportunity to bring in more finished crafts to our Creative Craft shows. Our visitors will be able to treat themselves to beautiful, unique items as well as be inspired to stock up on materials for their own crafting projects. It’s great fit for the shows and we’re excited to be working with Bert and Gert’s on this.”
ICHF events organises more than 25 shows in the UK each year. For more details visit: www.ichfevents.co.uk