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ICHF Events urge businesses to strengthen relationships with EU clients

By Mark Hayhurst 29 Jan 2019

ICHF Events, organisers of the flagship industry event CHSI Stitches, urges UK craft businesses to remain confident in their business relationships with European suppliers and customers in the run up to Brexit.

Simon Burns, managing director, ICHF Events, said: “The uncertainty surrounding Brexit is worrying for businesses but the EU and UK remain strong markets for the craft industry. Our advice to UK businesses selling into the EU would be to maintain their relationships and keep a sharp eye on the domestic UK market, there are great opportunities for growth in all sectors and regions.”

CHSI Stitches is the UK’s biggest trade show for the creative craft sector and has been at the heart of the craft industry for more than 40 years. Over 200 key companies from across the world will exhibit at the 2019 show at the NEC in February.

Simon Burns said: “Our mission is to grow the UK craft industry to have a crafter in every household. That means increasing the current 14.6 million crafters, worth £4.8billion, to 27 million crafters and creating an industry that all business, no matter where they are based, will want to be part of.

“We are continuing to invest in CHSI Stitches, updating the look and feel of the show, launching a new meeting planner tool and commissioning our own independent industry survey, The Craft Report. We are looking forward to a very successful show at the NEC in February.”

CHSI Stitches trade show hosts industry leaders presenting advice and ideas as well as results from the keenly-anticipated Craft Report 2019, providing exclusive industry insights and trend predictions.

The show also features free workshops, a catwalk show, new product showcase and Bright Sparks Pavilion for the newest designers and creative companies

CHSI Stitches 2019 takes place from February 17-19 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

For more information visit For up to date trade show news follow Twitter @CHSIstitches.

To register for the show visit

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