The curtains closed on Europe’s prominent responsible sourcing exhibition, Source Home & Gift, after an enlightening and prosperous four-day event that fostered connections within the global sourcing community. The show, which saw the participation of leading retailers such as Fenwick, Next, and John Lewis, served as a pivotal platform for sourcing ethically produced homewares, furniture, gifts, and more from a diverse array of manufacturers and brands worldwide.
Championing ethical and sustainable manufacturing
In its largest edition to date, Source Home & Gift spotlighted ethical and sustainable manufacturing as a driving force for positive change in the retail sector. The event showcased over 400 manufacturers and suppliers from over 25 countries, including emerging markets like Senegal, Ghana, and Nepal, alongside established players from Bangladesh, China, and the United States. This emphasis underscored the importance of conscientious sourcing practices in today’s retail landscape.
Hisham El Gazzar, CEO of exhibitor Yadawee, emphasized the significance of the UK market for Egyptian exporters, citing preferential tariffs under the bilateral agreement between the two nations. The show provided a platform for exhibitors like Very Nile Shop to showcase their innovative approach to recycling, transforming materials collected from the Nile River into unique products while empowering marginalized communities.
Positive Feedback from Industry Professionals
Attendees praised Source Home & Gift for its diverse range of exhibitors and its focus on sustainability. Alexandra Edmunds of John Lewis commended the variety of locations at the show, highlighting the excitement of discovering exhibitors from new and emerging markets. Sarah Horsnell, Head of Innovation at Appetite Me, noted the importance of sustainability messaging at the event, highlighting Source Home & Gift as a dedicated space for ethical and sustainable sourcing.
The New Product Showcase dazzled visitors with an array of meticulously crafted and environmentally conscious products from around the globe. From handloom furnishings by Seven Seas to compostable bamboo products by UniGreen, the showcase exemplified the fusion of craftsmanship and sustainability. Exhibitors like Nokoosh Egypt and Jaipur Bloc House showcased their commitment to eco-friendly materials and traditional craftsmanship, garnering attention for their unique offerings.
The Responsible Retail Stage hosted discussions led by industry experts on sustainable retail practices and emerging trends. Sessions such as ‘Future Global Retail Trends’ and ‘Sourcing and Storytelling: The Selling Power of Retail Transparency’ provided valuable insights into the evolving landscape of retail strategy and the importance of supply chain storytelling. Speakers emphasized the need for retailers to strike a balance between technology and human touch, leveraging innovations like AI while maintaining brand authenticity.
The next edition of Source Home & Gift is scheduled for September 1st - 4th at NEC Birmingham, promising another opportunity for retailers and manufacturers to connect and collaborate in the pursuit of responsible sourcing and sustainable retail practices. As the demand for ethical products continues to rise, events like Source Home & Gift play a vital role in shaping the future of the retail industry.