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Meet the Buyer Event

by Camilla

Do you want to get your products on to more shop floors? We’ve joined forces with Design Network North to organise a Meet the Buyer event where designers and makers can get their products in front of Home and Giftware buyers (with a particular focus on retailers in the north of England). So if you’re set up to sell wholesale to shops and just need to get your work in front of buyers, or if you’re an established supplier and want to expand your list of stockists, this is a great opportunity to explore new retail possibilities.

So far the list of buyers attending includes:

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
Made North Gallery
The Biscuit Factory
The Gift Gallery York
Let it Reign
Live, Love & Create

Northumberland Tourist Information Centres
Gallery 49
Yorkshire Museums Trust
Harrogate Museum

Plus a few more who are hoping to come:

Hunkeydorey Home 

Some other shops that can’t make it on the day but have asked for the details of makers attending the event include:

John Lewis
The Design Museum

The Baltic Shop
Museums Sheffield
Rockett St George
Boo Vake
Pippin Gifts
Tyne and Wear Museums
Patchwork Pig
Radiance Lighting


The Meet the Buyer event will take place on Monday 20 October at the Priory Street Centre in York. A table at the event costs £45, and for that you’ll get a 6 foot x 2 foot table you can decorate with your wares so they grab the buyers’ attention.

For more details, or to come along as a buyer, please contact polly.westergaard@designnetworknorth.org


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Meet the Buyer event with Design Network North

Monday 20 October 9am – 5pm
Priory Street Centre
15 Priory Street
York YO1 6ET


Design Network North are also offering a one-to-one consultancy session before and after the event (to qualify you must be based in the North East). This can be used to discuss issues such as the essential information you need for meetings with buyers, pricing, how to follow-up orders or any other questions. To take up this offer email polly.westergaard@designnetworknorth.org to arrange a meeting once you have registered for the event.


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Heidi Meier September 25, 2014 - 10:27 pm

This looks fab and I would love to go but just can’t get to York. Would you like to run a similar event in East Anglia?!

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