This May, The Food & Gift Show is preparing to open its doors to welcome all independent buyers from across the UK who are keen to experience the one-of-a-kind environment of this buyer-focused show.

The show will be hosted by leading independent buying group, Associated Independent Stores (AIS) and is designed specifically for independent retailers. Having cemented its place as an eagerly anticipated show by AIS members for a number of years, in May the group will also be extending their invite out to independent retailers that aren’t group members, giving the wider industry an opportunity to also realise the benefits.

This year’s Food & Gift Show will offer buyers everything they need to complete their Autumn, Winter and festive food and gift buying, all under one roof. Across an extended ground floor showroom, covering 2445 sq m, this really is a one-stop-shop for the Christmas food and gift buying season, with exhibitors featuring ranges across categories such as Gift Food, Home Fragrance, Cards & Wrap, Confectionery and Speciality Drinks.

Bringing together an exciting and meaningful exhibitor selection, relevant to the business of all independents from department stores to garden centres through to standalone gift shops, the show is anticipating over 70 exhibitors, giving visitors access to 100’s of brands. A number of exhibitors will also offer bespoke personalised ranges, tailor made for the independent market as well as tasting sessions for buyers to enjoy.

The show is well-placed for several transport links and can be found just off the M42, within a few minutes of Birmingham International rail and air links and the NEC.

The show will then be open to ALL trade on 8th May.

Parking, lunch and refreshments are complimentary to all independent buyers and exhibitors.

The Food & Gift Show is exclusively for independent trade only. Once you have registered to attend you will receive an e-badge via email. Please print this and bring it with you on show day for fast track entry.

About AIS

Associated Independent Stores is the leading independent buying group for Home & Fashion in the UK & Ireland. They have more than 250 retail members and a buying throughput of around £500m. Those members include home specialists, department stores, garden centres and specialists such as cookshops in high streets, edge of town and out of town. They are all independent and range from single stores to regional chains and combined have a retail turnover of around £2bn.