Independent event organiser Clarion Events has confirmed the acquisition of January Furniture Shows Ltd, the organisation behind the NEC Birmingham and Manchester furniture trade shows.

Founders, Laraine Janes and Theresa Raymond will continue to run the events with support from Clarion’s resources and marketing expertise, with the partnership securing the long term future of the shows.

Commenting on the deal, Laraine 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. 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.’’

The January Furniture Show takes place from 22-25 January 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.