February has been a busy month for visiting trade fairs in the hunt for new product inspiration. My first (but hopefully not last) visit to Nuremburg was wonderful. It was really great to meet up with suppliers who we hadn’t seen for a while as well as being able to put faces to names and voices we’ve known for many years. Products didn’t disappoint either. At the end of walking up and down a dozen or so halls our feet were tired but our heads were buzzing with ideas and new products! Much to our delight, we also found alternative sources for existing products so we are able to maintain sensible prices.
A little closer to home (and thankfully avoiding flights and aborted landings due to scarily strong winds), the Spring Fair in Birmingham yielded more ideas. It never ceases to surprise me how many good ideas come from the least expected sources. A by-chance conversation can bring us seemingly simple but brilliant ideas.
There’s plenty to keep us busy now we’re back in the office and therefore there’ll be plenty of new offerings for the 2014 catalogues – yes, we start work on next year’s catalogue now!