Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have revealed that its opening day, Sunday 17 July, saw an increase in visitor numbers as the show takes full swing.

The trade event, which is located at Manchester Central and houses around 150 exhibitors from bothUKand overseas suppliers, will run until Tuesday 19 July.

Organiser Stephen Richards said that the show has been a success, but wouldn’t know the overall figures until completion. However, with the show underway, the focus turned to the bigger sister of furniture trade events, with plans afoot regarding the January Furniture Show 2017.

Stephen revealed that next year’s event, which is currently ‘so far so good’ with preparations it could actually ‘launch tomorrow’, will see a consolidated approach over the five halls by ‘defining the areas’.

Hall 2 has seen extended interest from overseas manufacturers sign up, with it now being dubbed the ‘International Hall’, while Hall 4 is continuing to build on its ‘strong’ brand names, with Hall’s 3 and 5 maintaining their respective stances of accessories & lighting and bedding & upholstery dedicated locations.

As part of the continued development of the show, Stephen indicated that less trade conferences would be held to allow more key buying time with exhibitors, as well as potentially introducing a retail feedback group to gage further opinion on how to improve the event.

The January Furniture Show organisers also maintained the fact that it has signed a seven year deal with the NEC to promote its commitment and confidence in the trade show, despite the uncertainty following the recent Brexit result, stating that the ‘exhibition will become stronger’, while also signalling the ‘resilience’ of both furniture shows throughout its history.

Furthermore, an announcement of a collaboration between Whitemeadow and Content by Terrace Conran will be launched at JFS17 with its Plus Collection consisting of four new models.

Mike Kingsbury, managing director at Content by Terence Conran, said: “This is a great tie-up for both companies and we look forward to presenting our highly recognised design pedigree to a wider scale of the market - early signs would suggest that this is a fresh direction that is set to be very well received.”

Taking place from 22-25 January at the NEC inBirmingham, the 2017 show has increased its space by 20%, and has 99% of rebookings confirmed already.