EXHIBITIONS organiser Clarion Events has acquired January Furniture Shows Limited, the company behind the January Furniture Show and the Manchester Furniture Show.

The partnership secures the long term future of the events by bringing together the deep market knowledge and relationships of the founders Laraine Janes and Theresa Raymond, Clarion said in a statement.

Both Ms Janes and Ms Raymond will remain until at least the end of the 2019 edition of the January Furniture Show. The pair have been involved with furniture fairs for more than 30 years and will continue to run the events with the support of their existing team.

Laraine Janes said: “We are delighted to become part of Clarion and we see the partnership, with such a well-respected organiser, as a very positive step for the furniture industry.

“Clarion have a real understanding of the retail and furniture market and how our events work, their impressive series of B2B retail buying events play a crucial role in the retail supply chain, including Home & Gift, Harrogate and Top Drawer. Clarion’s forward-thinking leadership, proven experience and extensive resources will allow us to maximise the potential of both shows. ”

Neil Gaisford, managing director – Retail Division, Clarion Events said: “This is an exciting acquisition for Clarion, bringing together the market leading furniture events and Clarion’s resources, expertise and successful retail B2B shows. Laraine and Theresa have built up a strong business and we are looking forward to a successful collaboration to serve the UK’s furniture industry.’’

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