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Bridge event suspended for 2017; optimism remains for future

Organisers of the Bridge international bedroom event have announced that its third outing will be suspended for 2017, in order to allow time for trading confidence to return.

Organisers of the Bridge international bedroom event have announced that its third outing will be suspended for 2017, in order to allow time for trading confidence to return.

 

In a statement to Cabinet Maker, Bridge founders Maud Laine and Mark Tunstall said: “Two really interesting events and a loyal group of exhibitors bring a smile to our faces even in uncertain times. The success we experienced provides us with a lot of pride and good memories. However, the nation is delving even deeper into the unknown and with a persistent lack of clarity as we try to evaluate our fall from European unity. Overseas suppliers and manufacturers have an understandable and increasing level of cautiousness, especially those for whom the UK is a new venture. As consultants and advisors keen to develop the Bridge Event to the trade, we cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand.

 

“We remain positive and optimistic that those showing serious interest towards our Industry will succeed post ‘Brexit’ and Bridge will no doubt be there to help carry that forward. Even though we are taking enquiries for this year’s event, we must accept a level of uncertainty in the sector and therefore feel it is right to suspend Bridge ‘17 until we see trading confidence and interest return.

 

“Bridge has always been about providing opportunity and supporting fresh new ideas in the market place and so we will continue to work with UK and European Furniture sector and explore ways to move forward. It goes without saying that we loved our venue - Ironbridge Museum - and its events team, and with our dedicated exhibitors we made a great ‘Bridge collective’. Let’s be patient and here’s to the future.”