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All you need to know from the Schoolwear Show 2018

The Schoolwear Show is owned by and operated by The Schoolwear Show Limited.

The show is organised on a purely voluntary basis; the directors giving up their own time to organise the show.

The Schoolwear Show is hosted at Cranmore Park Conference and Event Centre.

The Schoolwear Show Limited is a major donor to and supporter of the Schoolwear Association.

Who should attend 

The Schoolwear Show is dedicated solely to the independent schoolwear retailer.

The exhibition will give you the chance to:

  • Meet existing suppliers face to face
  • Source new suppliers
  • View the latest product innovations
  • Plan your Back to School campaign

For the 2018 show, the Schoolwear Association sponsored seminars during Sunday and Monday in the Diamond Suite. The SA hopes the seminars will be an exciting new addition to the show and give more reason to visit by raising awareness and challenging the status quo with some interesting and practical ideas.

Each seminar is approximately 25 minutes in duration.

Tendering to Win

This Seminar deals with the growing requirement of Schools and Academy Trusts for their suppliers to Tender and how to make sure Schoolwear Specialists give themselves the best chance to win and ensure their business competes in an ever more challenging market.

The Seminar was presented by Klick Business Solutions, who have worked with a number of Schoolwear Retailers helping them to win Tenders.

Sustainability & School Uniform Two women talking at the Schoolwear Show

This Seminar focusses on the growing awareness of the various environmental issues in the world, plastic being the current hot topic, but there are many other elements. Hopefully it will both raise awareness and challenge the status quo, putting some interesting and practical ideas into the market. Sustainability and what happens at end of life with textile products, will eventually become part of everyone’s thinking, so it’s important that our market is ahead of the curve.

The Seminar has been developed by Oakdene Hollins who specialise in finding solutions in this subject and was presented by Kathryn Shuttleworth, the Managing Director of David Luke.

The only limitations to dye-sub printing seems to be the creativity of the person wanting to wear it, which is very exciting!

It was also great for our non-school or sportswear items be shown to a wider audience under our Gymphlex brand, and I was delighted that our beautiful, functional and authentic sports garments got showcased.

My overall experience of the Schoolwear Show 2018 was hugely positive, with a friendly atmosphere filled with like-minded businesses keen to impress and showcase their talents, and hopefully I will get the opportunity to attend again in the future.


“We’ve been coming to the Schoolwear Show for 10 years and each year its gets bigger and better. It’s a great place to meet all our suppliers  under one roof and see new potential suppliers.”

“Very well organised.. and the food is good too!”

“Great venue and good to be able to discuss issues with suppliers as well as to learn about new lines and ideas for next year.”

“It’s a the right time of year. We see our suppliers and then can get our back to school order to them before Christmas.”

For more information about The Schoolwear Show please click here
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