One of Ireland’s most important international trade fairs will welcome trade buyers from 2,580 retail businesses from 26 countries worldwide.
Showcase is now in its 43rd year and in 2018, attending buyers placed B2B sales orders of €23.9 million over the four days, an increase of 12.7% on the previous year, equating to annual revenues of €152.5 million for the exhibitors.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), which organises Showcase each year, is optimistic that the fair will enjoy strong growth again in 2019 despite international headwinds.
Trade buyers of fashion, jewellery and home & giftware attend Showcase at the RDS to source new and exciting products designed and made in Ireland, many of which are unique to the show. This year there will be over 400 designers, manufacturers and craftspeople participating, including 70 companies who will be exhibiting at Showcase for the first time.
Specially curated category displays throughout the show present the Best Product Award winners along with an edited selection of the most interesting and innovative products at Showcase, designed to make sourcing easier for attending buyers.
Showcase is presented on behalf of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the trade show internationally through their network of offices overseas, and the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide.
Speaking ahead of the event, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Karen Hennessy said, "Supporting client companies in the domestic market and building the international reputation and commercial potential of the Irish design and craft sector are central to the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s strategy. Showcase is instrumental in delivering on this ambition, creating opportunities for hundreds of Irish designers and makers to meet and do business with domestic and international buyers, and to potentially grow and scale up to reach more markets."