Furniture Painters conference 2022
A weekend to remember
The first UK furniture painters conference was, we are glad to say, a huge success. We managed to get over 85 furniture painters from up and down the UK, Ireland and even overseas together in one space for the entire weekend. The pinch me moments were too many to mention!
It really was such a thrill to see small business and brands all collaborating and making this a really wonderful experience. It certainly isn't something Kate or I will forget in a hurry.
Finding your tribe
As corny as finding your tribe can sound, it is really helpful when you have a support network of people who understand what you do and the obstacles you can face. Putting you all in a room together was mainly for that purpose! Networking and finding like minded people really does help elevate your business.
One of the best parts was seeing online friends finally meet in person and Kate and I have spoken about how excited we are to see where those friendships and collaborations will lead!
Supporting our industry
We really would love to give the biggest shoutout to all of our sponsors. It wasn't easy getting competing brands under the same roof and it often took a bit of persuading. We understood the reluctance but supporting the industry that fuels the imagery and online buzz for a lot of products associated with upcycying and furniture refinishing we feel is super important and appreciate everyone being so gracious.
We are going to try hard this year to get more UK brands on board. So if you represent a brand and would like to see them represented at the event give them a nudge.
New and new to you products were the main focus of the feedback from our attendees, many had never tried some of the products on offer and we can confirm everyone went home with more luggage than they arrived with! The sponsors stalls were a hit! Not only for asking questions but for purchasing those new and new to them products. We even had people siging up to become stockists of the sponsored products! Amazing!
You just can't beat in person shopping and trying and selling experience.
Sustainability is more and more coming to the forefront of all major business, we all do our part in this industry from saving brown furniture to using eco friendly products. The boom in our niche market has been growing rapidly for a while and there looks like no stopping any time soon as customer get more and more eco conscious shoppers. So growing your business is top priority!
Furniture Painters Conference 2022
Our venue is confirmed and this years event will be taking place in Derby The Hayes conference centre and are tickets are on sale now! we are ready to make sure that PBA 2022 will be bigger and better. We will be able to secure more sponsors from a wider range of products and would really love your input on who you would love to see there this year.
We are also offering day tickets this time around for those of you who live local to the venue
Don't miss out this time grab your ticket before it is too late!
Watch out for our next blog post highlighting the talent we have in the UK