By Jonathan Davies

At Fresh Business Thinking, we love a great event that puts business at its heart. The 2015 Spring Fair comes to the NEC Birmginham on 1-5 February, bringing together 300,000 new retail products under one roof.

Described as the most vital buying event in any retailer’s calendar", the Spring Fair International helps retailers to source new and popular brands and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and advice to help business boom in 2015.

But Spring Fair isn't just home to more than 2,7000 exhibitors hoping to sell you something - learning is also a key aim of the event. More than 40 seminars are due to take place, focusing on trends & innovation, ecommerce and international trade. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are leading the international trade seminars and will be on hand to help businesses who want to boost exports, whether they're just starting out or are looking to make the next step.

Speaking in December, Naomi Barton, Interim Portfolio Director for retail at Spring Fair's organisers i2i Events Group, said: “As British and overseas retailers gears up for their most important trading occasion, preparations for the UK’s most important trade exhibition are well underway.

"We look forward to welcoming 3,000 of the best British and international suppliers to the show, where they can source from hundreds of thousands of superb new products and gain invaluable business insights and trend information from our content theatres. The strong cent growth we’ve seen in exhibitor numbers is testament to the ongoing importance of Spring Fair to the retail industry, and also serves as a crucial industry barometer pointing to a good trading year ahead.”

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