Small business retail showcase

BY Australian Retailers Association
20 July 2018

Small Business Victoria have partnered with Reed Gift Fairs for the upcoming Melbourne Gift Fair to highlight the importance of small business.

Reed Gift Fairs showcases the largest annual collection of wholesaling brands and products in the country, and from designers to retailers, buyers to sellers, the Reed Gift Fair is a place of business, creating genuine leads, connections, and sales for exhibitors and visitors.

In addition to generating business, learning is a large aspect of the event, and this year’s on site educational sessions will be complemented by the presence of Small Business Victoria’s Small Business Bus. On site at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the ‘travelling office on wheels’ will offer free business advice via the small business mentoring service.

Event Director Vicki Rossi said Reed Gift Fair strives to provide an environment and forum that enables retailers to immediately better and benefit their businesses, and the on-site support from the Small Business team will undoubtedly enable them to do just that.

Victoria’s Minister for Small Business Philip Dalidakis will be attending the event on Monday 6th August to meet with business owners and to see firsthand the impact that a show like Reed Gift Fair has on local and national businesses.

“The Victorian Government is thrilled to support the Reed Gift Fair Melbourne, which gives small local businesses another platform to show off the diverse and high-quality products Victoria is renowned for.”

Reed Gift Fair Melbourne’s alliance with Small Business Victoria will also see a selection of Indigenous Australian owned businesses showcase their products. Authentic Aboriginal giftware, souvenirs and products reflecting the Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia, will be on display from the following businesses:

  • The Koorie Circle - Aboriginal jewellery pieces that tell a story, celebrating the culture, history and identity of Aboriginal Australia.
  • Yarn Strong Sista specialise in a range of Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Resources including Artefacts, Dolls, Children’s Music, Children's Books, Games, Felt Hand and Finger Puppets, Felt Mats for Storytelling, Puzzles, and Teachers Resource Guides.
  • Ngarga Warendj - Dancing Wombat - High quality Indigenous giftware using designs based on traditional symbols from South-East Australia.

The addition of these new Indigenous exhibitors adds another layer to the myriad of products available at the event, which is timed to be of most benefit to retailers ahead of the Christmas and summer buying period.

As the country’s premier trading platform for buyers and sellers in the gift and homewares space, Reed Gift Fairs Melbourne in August will provide buyers and sellers with unmatched opportunities to be inspired, discover new trends, network with both peers and leaders in the field and to source and purchase the latest products. Between the Melbourne Showgrounds and the MCEC, visitors will be able to browse products from more than 600 exhibitors to ensure they make the most of the season’s rush and stay abreast of trends.

For more information on this event click here.

 

 

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