The Autumn Fair 2015 project is a Caribbean Export Development Agency initiative for firms in the gift and craft sector in CARIFORUM Member States to gain access to the UK and European Union markets by participating in UK’s largest gift and craft trade show under the Design Caribbean banner.
The Caribbean gift and craft sector is an important sector for social and economic development in the Caribbean. The sector has proven to generate jobs both urban and rural communities by producing items like furniture, souvenirs, clothing, soaps and oils, among many other products.
The Autumn Fair will be held from September 6th – 9th 2015 at the Birmingham Fair Grounds (the largest trade show space in the UK). The 2015 edition of the show will feature over 1400 exhibitors under 10 different product categories. According the show’s organizers, the 2013 edition attracted over 100,000 visitors from 80 countries with over £1.1 billion being spent as a direct result of the show. See accompanying infographic of the show.
Under the banner of our Design Caribbean platform, Caribbean Export Development Agency will offer grant funding to CARIFORUM firms to attend and participate in the trade show.
The objective of this Grant facility is as follows:
- To provide the selected CARIFORUM firms in the gift and craft sector access to buyers from the UK and EU in order to increase exports to these markets
- To provide the selected CARIFORUM firms in the gift and craft sector with information and practical experience on the gift and craft sector
- To provide the selected CARIFORUM firms with significant insight into the European market for gift and craft products.
Caribbean Export will award successful applicants up to a maximum of €10,000 to support their participation in the fair.
Interested persons must submit applications electronically using the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the deadline May 29th 2015 @ 4:30 pm (Barbados time) along with the required supporting documentation.
Applications received after the deadline will be automatically rejected.
Further information on this Autumn Fair 2015 Grant can be obtained by contacting Caribbean Export:
Senior Advisor – Competitiveness & Export Promotion
Caribbean Export Development Agency
1st Floor Baobab Tower
St. Michael, BB15154
Tel: (246) 436 0578
Fax: (246) 436 9999
Replies to these inquires will be given no later than seven (7) days before the deadline for the receipt of proposals.