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MDS attracts 10,000 visitors

MDS14The expanded May Design Series exhibition attracted 10,051 visitors, a rise of 1% compared to last year's debut event.

Organiser UBM says that talk of top quality visitors dominated feedback from exhibitors, although during the event many exhibitors lamented low footfall during the first two days.

'We have had a lot of major buyers come to visit us at May Design Series. We have taken orders on-site, and it has become evident that meetings in Milan have transformed into orders at May Design Series. Our most popular lines have been our classically Italian, design-led products, proving that the market is grateful to see something different from what is usually on display at a UK trade show,' says Fabrizio Guiliani of Calia Italia.

'May Design Series has been a very good show for us. We've been introduced to a varied group of prospects and have met the exact audience that we were hoping to target and the leads generated have all been of very high quality,' says Sasha Kamenetski of Tudor Oak.

Buyers also expressed their views on the show. Richard Ball, Glasswells buying director says: 'As a new trade show offering, it seemed only right to visit The Furniture Show at May Design Series. The show lived up to my expectations, and I saw some new products which made my visit more than worthwhile. There was a very varied mix of products on display.'

Kellie Brown, BHS furniture buyer says: 'I thought the show was inspirational. London ExCeL is a fantastic space, much better than the NEC and the fact that it is London is much more appealing than Birmingham.'

Hannah Fenech, Harrods buyer says: 'I was pleased to see a selection of British brands that I wouldn't otherwise get to see at other shows.'

This year's 18-20 May event covered two halls at ExCel thanks to the addition of The Furniture Show.