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Spring Fair

  • Spring Fair 2019 - Essential Information

    Spring Fair 2019 - Essential InfoSpring Fair 2019 brings together a huge range of products including an inspirational showcase of over 300 British greetings card publishers at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

    Register for FREE tickets to Spring Fair by clicking here

    When is Spring Fair 2019?

    Spring Fair 2019 runs from Sunday 3rd February until Thursday 7th February from 09:00 - 18:00 each day.

    Where to Eat at Spring Fair

    We've tried lots of different restaurants at Spring Fair. Here are some of our favourites:

    5 Great Restaurants near the NEC

    Where to Stay at Spring Fair

    Consider hotels in Birmingham City Centre (which is a short train ride from the NEC).

    Find accommodation for Spring Fair here

    How to get to Spring Fair

    The sat nav post code is B40 1NT. Parking on site is free. There are free shuttle buses to take you around the complex.

    Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station.

    Save 25% on Virgin Rail Advance Tickets

    Seminars at Spring Fair 2019

    Improve your business at Spring Fair 2019 with some great seminars and talks.

    Blue Eyed Sun's MD, Jeremy Corner, will be speaking on the Main Stage in Hall 20 on Sunday 3rd February 2019 on "The Rise of the Ethical Consumer and the Growth in the Green Economy."

    Click here for a full list of seminars.

    Gift of the Year Awards

    Blue Eyed Sun are proud to have been shortlisted in two categories with our new Origamo cards launching at the show. We've made the Final three for the Best Card & Wrap Category with the winner announced at the show.

    Click to see the full list of finalists

    What's New from Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair

    We'd love to show you all of our amazing new products on our new stand at the front of Hall 4 (Stand 4A01). You will be amazed at the range of cards and gifts on offer. Some highlights are:

    Our gorgeous new hand-finished Fiesta greeting cards, which launched this month

    A fantastic selection of new BambooCup, SlideCup and BambooFriends designs.

    The launch of Italian handmade greeting card sensation Origamo into the UK.

    Exciting new Disney licensed products with our trading partners Pronao and W-Lamp.

    Click here to follow our blog feed of what's new from Blue Eyed Sun

    Quote coupon code: SFB19 when ordering during the shows (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE until 10th February 2019.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Read 12 Top Tips for Trade Show Visitors

    See if you can find Blue Eyed Sun's Stand 4A01 in Hall 4 on the show map below:

    Spring Fair 2019 - Floor Plan

  • Spring Fair 2018 - Essential Information

    Spring Fair 2018 - Essential InfoSpring Fair 2018 brings together a huge range of products including an inspirational showcase of over 300 British greetings card publishers in Hall 3 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

    Register for FREE tickets to Spring Fair by clicking here

    When is Spring Fair 2018?

    Spring Fair 2018 runs from Sunday 4th February until Thursday 8th February from 09:00 - 18:00 each day.

    Watch a short video of Spring Fair Greeting Card Section

    Blue Eyed Sun in Spring Fair Voucher Scheme

    New customers who order £500 or more from Blue Eyed Sun can save £100 off their order.

    Find out about the Spring Fair Voucher

    Where to Eat at Spring Fair

    We've tried lots of different restaurants at Spring Fair. Here are some of our favourites:

    5 Great Restaurants near the NEC

    Where to Stay at Spring Fair

    Consider hotels in Birmingham City Centre (which is a short train ride from the NEC).

    Find accommodation for Spring Fair here

    How to get to Spring Fair

    The sat nav post code is B40 1NT. Parking on site is free. There are free shuttle buses to take you around the complex.

    Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station.

    Save 25% on Virgin Rail Advance Tickets

    Seminars at Spring Fair 2018

    Improve your business at Spring Fair 2018.

    Click here for a full list of seminars.

    What's New from Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair

    Blue Eyed Sun is launching their new Day Dream greeting card range at Spring Fair 2018 on Stand 3X31 in Hall 3 near the cafeteria. Do come and say hi.

    Click here to see what's new from Blue Eyed Sun

    Quote coupon code: SFB18 when ordering during the shows (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE until 28th February.

    Chocolate Surprise

    Tell us what your favourite chocolate is and we'll have a surprise gift for you at the show.

    Click here to tell us

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Read 12 Top Tips for Trade Show Visitors

    See if you can find Blue Eyed Sun's stand 3X31 in Hall 3 on the show map below:

    Spring Fair 2016 Floorpan NEC

  • Seven Spring Fair Speakers you have to see

    7 Spring Fair Speakers

    There are some fantastic Spring Fair speakers this year. Here are seven you don't want to miss:

     

    Baroness Karren Brady

    Baroness Karron BradyBaroness Brady is a highly entertaining speaker and an extremely accomplished, no nonsense, straight talking business women. Famous for having turned around Birmingham City FC in a male dominated sport, she is now the Vice-Chairman of Westham United FC. Sitting on the boards of Syco Entertainment and the retail multinational Arcadia Group, she is also  the UK government's Small Business Ambassador. Don't miss her. She's great!

    Tuesday 7 February, 13:55 at The Fashion and Accessories Theatre

     

    Henri Davis

    Henri Davis - Spring Fair 2017With 35 years of retail buying experience and product development at Habitat, Next, WH Smith and the National Trust, Henri Davis is  fountain of retail and product knowledge. She's also the current Chairman of the Giftware Association. Be sure to catch her speak.

    The Retail Market is Under Pressure 

    Sunday 5th February, 13:05 - 13:40 at the Ecommerce Theatre

    Monday 6 February, 14:15-14:45 at the Ecommerce Theatre

     

    Mary Portas

    Mary Portas - Spring Fair 2017A passionate champion of British retail, Mary Portas is a regular on British TV programs about retail. With a career that spans leading retailers like John Lewis, Harrods, the Burton Group and Harvey Nichols, Mary discusses changes in consumer behaviour as a result of the economy, the digital revolution and how different retail sectors are responding. She has some brilliant insights about how to get it right in retail in the current climate and what mistakes to avoid. Don't miss her.

    Monday 6 February, 13:10 at The Fashion and Accessories Catwalk

     

    Charlotte Biggs

    Charlotte Biggs Spring Fair 2017Charlotte Biggs runs the brilliant industry showcase Card and Gift Network as well as the popular online directory Picadilly Lane. She's a gold mine of useful insights into blogging, social media and digital marketing. As well as hearing her talk on Thursday you can pick her brains one to one at Spring Fair on Wednesday. Don't miss out.

    Building your prospective market with blogging content

    Wednesday 8th February, 13:00 - 16:00 at the Ecommerce Theatre

    Thursday 9 February, 13:30 - 14:00 at the Ecommerce Theatre

     

    Chris Fox

    Chris Fox - Spring Fair 2017Greetings Today columnist, Chris Fox, looks after the website design and social media marketing Wishes of Cudsworth. He also runs the Gift Shop Hub blog sharing tips on how to use online marketing to promote your independent shop. See him speak and book a session with him for one to one advice.

    How to promote your business online whilst running your shop

    Sunday 5 February, 11:15 - 11:45 at the Ecommerce Theatre

    Sunday 5 February, 13:00 - 16:00 at the Ecommerce Theatre

     

    Amy Hobson

    Amy Hobson - Spring Fair 2017Amy Hobson is a Partner with social media and digital marketing agency SocialB. She has extensive retail experience and is an expert in SEO, helping businesses drive traffic and sales to their websites.

    How to Make your business appear in Google searches

    Wednesday 8 February, 12:15 - 12:45 at the Ecommerce Theatre

    Daily Meet the Expert slots 13:00 - 16:00 at the Ecommerce Theatre

     

    Jeremy Corner

    Jeremy Corner - SpringFair2017Progressive Greetings Columnist, Giftware Association Vice-Chairman and Sage Business Expert, Jeremy Corner shares his experiences growing Blue Eyed Sun and Ivy Ellen online both in the UK and abroad.

    10 Things to do in your business before using social media

    Tuesday 7th February 12:00 - 12:30, Ecommerce Theatre

    Social Media Tips for Retailers

    Tuesday 7th February 13:00 - 16:00, Ecommerce Theatre

    Retailers Roundtable: Sharing Ecommerce challenges and successes

    Wednesday 8th February, 11:00 - 11:50 at the Ecommerce Theatre

    7 Key Insights into growing international customer relationships

    Wednesday 8 February, 14:00 - 14:30, DIT Export Theatre

     

    I hope that you gains lots of interesting insights from these talks and return to your business with fresh inspiration. Do drop by to say hi to me on the Blue Eyed Sun stand in Hall 3 - 3X31 to let me know what you thought of this year's Spring Fair speakers.

    Read all the Essential info you need for Spring Fair 2017

    For a full list of events at Spring Fair 2017 click here

  • Spring Fair 2017 - Essential Information

    Spring Fair 2017 - Essential Info

    Spring Fair 2017 brings together a huge range of products including an inspirational showcase of over 350 British greetings card publishers in Hall 3 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

    Register for FREE tickets to Spring Fair by clicking here

    When is Spring Fair 2017?

    Spring Fair International runs from Sunday 5th February until Thursday 9th February from 09:00 - 18:00 each day.

    Watch a short video of Spring Fair Greeting Card Section

    Where to Eat at Spring Fair

    We've tried lots of different restaurants at Spring Fair. Here are some of our favourites:

    5 Great Restaurants near the NEC

    Where to Stay at Spring Fair

    Consider hotels in Birmingham City Centre (which is a short train ride from the NEC).

    Find accommodation for Spring Fair here

    How to get to Spring Fair

    The sat nav post code is B40 1NT. Parking on site is free. There are free shuttle buses to take you around the complex.

    Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station.

    Save 25% on Virgin Rail Advance Tickets

    Seminars at Spring Fair 2017

    Improve your business at Spring Fair 2017. Click here for a full list of seminars. Blue Eyed Sun's digital marketing expert, Jeremy Corner, is running one on one social media clinics:

    Social Media Health Check for Retailers Tuesday 7th February from 13:00 in the Ecommerce Theatre.

    What's New from Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair

    Blue Eyed Sun is launching five gorgeous new greeting card ranges at Spring Fair 2017 on our new stand in Hall 3 near the cafeteria. Do come and say hi to us on Stand 3X31.

    Click here to see what's new from Blue Eyed Sun

    Quote coupon code: SFB17 when ordering during the shows (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE until 28th February.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Read 12 Top Tips for Trade Show Visitors

    See if you can find Blue Eyed Sun's stand 3X31 in Hall 3 on the show map below:

    Spring Fair 2016 Floorpan NEC


    View Larger Map

  • Spring Fair 2016 - The Essential Information

    Spring Fair 2016 - The Essential Info

    Spring Fair 2016 brings together a huge range of products including an inspirational showcase of over 350 British greetings card publishers in Hall 3 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

    Register for FREE tickets to Spring Fair by clicking here

    When is Spring Fair 2016?

    Spring Fair International runs from Sunday 7th February until Thursday 11th February from 09:00 - 18:00 each day.

    Watch a short video of Spring Fair Greeting Card Section

    Where to Eat at Spring Fair

    We've tried lots of different restaurants at Spring Fair. Here are some of our favourites:

    5 Great Restaurants near the NEC

    Where to Stay at Spring Fair

    Consider hotels in Birmingham City Centre (which is a short train ride from the NEC).

    Find accommodation for Spring Fair here

    How to get to Spring Fair

    The sat nav post code is B40 1NT. Parking on site is free. There are free shuttle buses to take you around the complex.

    Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station.

    Save 25% on Virgin Rail Advance Tickets

    Seminars at Spring Fair 2016

    Improve your business at Spring Fair 2016. Click here for a full list of seminars. Blue Eyed Sun's digital marketing expert, Jeremy Corner, is running one on one social media clinics:

    Social Media Health Check for Retailers Monday 8th February from 13:00 in the Ecommerce Theatre.

    What's New from Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair

    Blue Eyed Sun is launching five gorgeous new greeting card ranges at Spring Fair 2016 on our new stand in Hall 3 near the cafeteria. Do come and say hi to us on Stand 3X31.

    Click here to see what's new from Blue Eyed Sun

    Quote coupon code: SFB16 when ordering during the shows (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE until 28th February.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Read 12 Top Tips for Trade Show Visitors

    See if you can find Blue Eyed Sun's stand 3X31 in Hall 3 on the show map below:

    Spring Fair 2016 Floorpan NEC


    View Larger Map

  • Spring Fair International 2015 Highlights

    Spring Fair 2015 HighlightsSpring Fair International 2015 was recently held at the NEC in Birmingham and featured over 300,000 new products across 13 sectors and many inspirational features. Here are some of our highlights from this popular trade show:

    Digital Marketing Seminar for RetailersSpring Fair 2015 Ecommerce Theatre

    On Sunday I had the pleasure of speaking to an audience of over a hundred retailers about digital marketing and social media. My talk included case studies of independent retailers who use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to engage with customers and grow their sales. All the slides of my talk contain links to the case studies:

    Click to see the slides for 'Innovative Ways to Market your Retail Business Online'

    Meeting Mr MoshiSpring Fair 2015 Michael Acton Smith

    I also had the privilege of warming up the audience for Michael Acton-Smith, founder of Mind Candy - creator of the hugely successful Moshi Monsters phenomenon and Firebox the online retailer, who spoke shortly after my seminar. Despite some initial set backs, his business has seen incredible growth. It was fascinating to hear his story and to see some of the new projects he is working on including World of Warriors and PopJam. He's a lovely guy and was kind enough to sign a picture for my son, Sam, who is a big Moshlings fan. 

    Gift of the Year 2015The Art File - Gift of the Year 2015

    On Sunday evening the Gift of the Year 2015 awards were held at the show and featured a wonderful array of innovative products. The event is always great for networking and catching up with industry friends, several of whom were up for awards including Soula Zavacopoulos from The London Studio and Ged and Karen Mace from The Art File who picked up the award for Best Greeting Cards this year with their lovely pop up cards: Form. The evening was compered by design guru Sebastian Conran.

    Click here for a complete list of Gift of the Year 2015 Winners

    One Minute Product Pitch

    Spring Fair 2015 Pitch Judges

    I was invited to be a judge in a new feature at Spring Fair International 2015, which involved assessing pitches from several different gift companies at the show. My fellow judges included Isabel Martinson from The GA, Sally Robinson from Mrs Robinson Store, Jane Hudson from mail order retailer Qwerkity. Eight exhibitors each had sixty seconds to pitch their products for our feedback. We scored them and the winner won a bottle of champagne. My favourite pitches were Rocknife and Mous - the overall winners of our session with their clever phone cover that neatly stores your headphones.

    Click to watch the pitch from Rocknife. Click to watch the pitch from Mous. 

    Buyers Power List Awards 2015

    Spring Fair Buyers Power List 2015It was a busy week for events with lots of exciting ideas from the show organisers i2i Events who keep trying new things. One of these was the Buyers Power List Awards which were held at the show for the first time. The awards aim to recognise influential buying teams and individuals. We were thrilled to see our lovely customers Temptation Gifts win Best Independent Retail Buyers. John Lewis won Best Multiple Retailer and Gillian Leahy of Ocado won the Overall Power 30 Award. I was lucky enough to be invited and had a great time networking with retailers and catching up with Tracy Bearton from Greetings Today and Jo Barber from the Stationery Boutique.

    Export and International Distribution

    Spring Fair 2015 UKTIAfter judging the pitches I had to leg it over from Hall 20 to Hall 4 to give a presentation in the UKTI theatre on Export to fellow publishers and suppliers. We've been successfully growing our business internationally into fifteeen different countries since 2012 and have learnt some valuable lessons. This seminar was a chance to share our experience with those planning to sell beyond our shores. This seminar follows on from a talk I gave in the UKTI thatre at Autumn Fair International last year and was blogged in Overcoming the Challenges of Exporting Overseas.

    Click here to see the slides from my Talk on Export at Spring Fair

    New Products from Blue Eyed SunBlue Eyed Sun Allotment Spinner

    We also launched over a hundred and thirty new products at Spring Fair International 2015 including our new everyday Enchantment cards and additions to our best selling Vintage greeting cards. We were also very excited at the response to the sneak preview of our Christmas ranges for 2015. Our large Allotment cards were also very popular at the show

    RETAILERS: Click to WIN a fully stocked Blue Eyed Sun spinner worth £750

    It was lovely to catch up with so many of our wonderful customers and industry friends. Even though the NEC isn't our favourite destination, we miss the hustle and bustle of it already. We'll be back in Birmingham for Autumn Fair later this year and again next year for the newly revamped and edited Spring Fair International 2016.

    Click here to see which other trade shows we are attending this year

    If you missed us at the show you can request a login to access our trade only store and see all of our designs plus order online. You can also request a brochure by clicking here. Remember to quote coupon code SFB15 on all orders until the 15th February 2015 for FREE CARRIAGE.

    12 Tips for trade show visitors

    Are trade shows still worth it?

  • Innovative Ways to Market your Retail Business Online

    Slides from my digital marketing seminars at the 2015 Spring Fair International trade show. Learn how to market your retail business online using social media and other innovative ideas. This presentation is interactive. Click on images, logos and underlined text to go through to relevant webpages on the internet.
    Please feel free to share it with anyone you think would be interested. 

     

  • Spring Fair 2015 - The Essential Information

    Spring Fair 2015 Essential InfoAbout Spring Fair 2015

    Spring Fair International runs from Sunday 1st February until Thursday 5th February from 09:00 - 18:00 each day and brings together an inspirational showcase of over 350 British greetings card publishers in Hall 4 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham. This is the biggest trade show of the year for our industry. It attracts buyers from all over the world and is the leading showcase of innovation and creativity in the global Greetings Card market. Spring Fair attracts over 70,000 visitors and features a massive range of products, so don't miss it!

    Register for FREE tickets to Spring Fair 2015 by clicking here.

    Download the Spring Fair App for your phone or iPad here.

    Where to Stay at Spring Fair

    Accommodation can be tough to find when the show is on and places get booked up months in advance. Also hotels close to the show charge much higher rates during this week. A useful tip is to look at hotels in Birmingham City Centre (which is a short train ride from the NEC) and also consider hotels that are 30 minutes away by motorway (people don't usually book these as they look far on the map, when actually they are quite close because the roads are fast). If you are travelling by car it is worth getting in early to avoid the Birmingham rush hour.

    How to get to Spring Fair

    Travel to the show is easy with excellent rail and motorway links. The NEC post code is B40 1NT (if you use a sat nav). You can park for free in several car parks on site, all of which have free shuttle buses to take you around the complex. Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station. You can also click on the map below to plan your journey.

    Where to Eat at Spring Fair

    Read 5 Great Restaurants near the NEC. There's also a lot of good choice in the city centre for restaurants. 

    Seminars at Spring Fair 2015

    Improve your business at Spring Fair 2015. Click here for a full list of seminars. Blue Eyed Sun are speaking at:

    Digital Marketing for Retailers on Sunday 1st February at 12:00 in the Ecommerce Theatre in Hall 4.

    Digital Marketing for Retailers on Monday 2nd February at 15:45 in the Ecommerce Theatre in Hall 4.

    Growing your Export Sales on Tuesday 3rd February at 14:00 in Hall 4 in the UKTI theatre.

    What's New from Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair 

    Blue Eyed Sun are launching a brand new range called Enchantment which features 45 embroidered designs by textile artists, Jo Corner. We also have 24 new additions in our best selling Vintage range as well as our latest Christmas designs for the 2015 season. All this and a huge selection of best selling, award winning hand finished cards in our Allotment, Picnic Time and Gorgeous ranges. You can also top up on last minute Valentines, Mother's Day and Easter orders.

    When you get to Spring Fair do remember to come and say hi to us on Stand 4L66.

    Quote coupon code: SFB15 when ordering during the shows (online or offline) for FREE CARRIAGE until 15th February.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Read 12 Top Tips for Trade Show Visitors

    See if you can find Blue Eyed Sun's stand 4L66 in Hall 4 on the show map below:

    Spring Fair 2015 NEC Hall Plan


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  • 5 Great restaurants near the NEC in Birmingham

    I have spent the last twelve years exhibiting at the various shows at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre and have tried all sorts of restaurants near the NEC during that time. The list that follows is not exhaustive and they are not necessarily the best for culinary dining. I am not a food critic, just a humble greeting card publisher. I enjoyed eating at all of them though and hope you do too. If you like this post please do share it by clicking the social buttons above.

    Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse at the Cube in Birmingham

    1. Marco Pierre Whites at the Cube

    If you stay over in Birmingham I think this place is a must. It is ultra modern and sits on the 25th floor of the amazing looking Cube. It has 360 degree views across Birmingham city centre from their stunning roof terrace. MPW describes it as affordable luxury, so it's not that expensive. The food is nice and even though it's a steak house, as a vegan, I was looked after. I think it's a great restaurant to entertain at NEC shows. It's very popular though, so I'd advise you to book in advance. Dress code is smart / no trainers.

    Book a table at Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse by clicking here

    The Orange Tree in Chadwick End - a lovely pub / restaurant near the NEC2. The Orange Tree at Chadwick End

    This gastro pub / restaurant near the NEC is one junction along the M42 so you'll need a car to get there, but it is a classy place to eat with friendly staff. The portions were a good size and the food was very tasty. One of things I enjoyed most about this pub is the atmosphere. It's buzzing when the show is on and a fun place to go with a group of people after a show.

    Find out more about the Orange Tree by clicking here

    Cafe Tamarinds a great Indian restaurant in Balsall Common near the NEC

    3. Cafe Tamarinds in Balsall Common

    This award winning curry house is popular amongst NEC regulars and even Gordon Ramsey eats there when he's at the NEC. The staff are friendly and the food is presented on stylish crockery with an ambience to match. It's a nice Indian restaurant without being too upmarket and pricey. The food is tasty and well presented. It's a short drive from the NEC.

    Click here to visit Cafe Tamarinds website (don't let the website put you off)

    Pendigos in the Crowne Plaza hotel a good restaurant near the NEC

    4. Pendigos restaurant at the Crowne Plaza

    We often miss great places that are right under our noses and I think this restaurant is a case in point. It is on site at the NEC and has a spacious bar upstairs for your pre-meal drink. The bar serves cheaper bar meals which are good enough, but the best food is saved for the restaurant downstairs. It's refined and the meals are delicious. Leave room for desert to experience a taste of heaven at the end of your meal. It's a bit pricier than most, but a pleasant dining experience and very convenient when at the show.

    Click here for more information about Pendigo's (the website doesn't do it justice).

    The Little Owl pub / restaurant close to the NEC

    5. The Little Owl at the NEC

    This pub is on my list because it's a fun place to go to with friends at the NEC. It's busy and the atmosphere is buzzing. It's very affordable and has a cosy setting with log fires. It's close to the Holiday Inn and new Premier Inn on site and is walkable from the halls if traffic is bad. Be prepared to queue to place your order as it can get rammed at the Spring Fair trade show. It's a lot quieter during Autumn Fair and other NEC events. The meals can be hit and miss in terms of quality, especially if you don't eat meat. There's a lot of comfort food on the menu and there's not a huge choice for veggies. If you eat fish you'll still have options.

    Click here to book a table at the Little Owl online

     

    Click here to see when Blue Eyed Sun are next exhibiting at the NEC

    Can't make the trade show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    Know someone getting married? Please tell them about our sister company: Ivy Ellen Wedding Stationery.

     

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  • Spring Fair International 2013 - See us on Stand 4L66

    How to find Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair

    If you are visiting Spring Fair International this year, please do come and find us in Hall 4 on the main boulevard at Stand 4L66 and view all of our latest ranges in person. We'd love to see you there. Click here to watch our Spring Fair Video taken at last year's show.

    What's new from Blue Eyed Sun at Spring Fair

    We are officially launching our new Gorgeous Everyday range as well as additions to our best selling Vintage designs at Spring Fair. All of our Spring 2013 designs are on display for any last minute Valentines, Mother's Day or Fathers Day orders. You can also sneak a preview of our Christmas 2013 collection. For free tickets to Spring Fair please click here.

    Widdop Bingham are launching 90 different Blue Eyed Sun gift products inspired by our our Vintage and Jingles ranges at Spring Fair. Click here to learn more about our Widdop Bingham gift products.

    About Spring Fair

    Spring Fair International runs from Sunday 3rd February until Thursday 7th February from 09:00 - 18:00 and brings together an inspirational showcase of over 340 British greetings card publishers in Hall 4 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham. This is the biggest trade show of the year for our industry. It attracts buyers from all over the world and is the leading showcase of innovation and creativity in the global Greetings Card market. Spring Fair attracts over 70,000 visitors and features a massive range of products, so don't miss it!

    A Spring Fair App has just been launched to make your visit easier. Download the Spring Fair App for your phone or iPad here.

    Where to Stay at Spring Fair

    Accommodation can be tough to find when the show is on and places get booked up months in advance. Also hotels close to the show charge much higher rates during this week. A useful tip is to look at hotels in Birmingham City Centre (which is a short train ride from the NEC) and also consider hotels that are 30 minutes away by motorway (people don't usually book these as they look far on the map, when actually they are quite close because the roads are fast). If you are travelling by car it is worth getting in early to avoid the Birmingham rush hour.

    How to get to Spring Fair

    Travel to the show is easy with excellent rail and motorway links. The NEC post code is B40 1NT (if you use a sat nav). You can park for free in several car parks on site, all of which have free shuttle buses to take you around the complex. Birmingham International Rail Station is a 5 minute walk from the show as is Birmingham International Airport. It is an 80 minute train ride from London Euston Rail Station. You can also click on the map below to plan your journey.

    When you get to Spring Fair do remember to come and say hi to us on Stand 4L66.

    Can't make the show? Click here to request access all of our designs online.

    See if you can find Blue Eyed Sun's stand 4L66 in Hall 4 on the show map below:

    Find Blue Eyed Sun on the Spring Fair 2013 Show Map


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