What is the BBSA Doing in 2019

May 07 2019

As BBSA suppliers we work hard in the background, primarily with the government lobbying to achieve the following points: Amazon, Alibaba, Ebay and the like, enjoy better tax & import duty advantages over high- street suppliers like our members. We want a level “playing field”, not having rent & rates to pay as online suppliers we want the government to stop disadvantaging the high-street.

Other governments give grants for exhibitions to companies exporting, we feel that to reduce UK suppliers costs, can be passed on to the retail sector we want the UK government should be doing the same.

An exciting partnership is being launched with Ocean Media, resulting in deals for BBSA members both retailers and suppliers. We are also looking to collaborate with other organisations who want to fully support and represent the independent retailer.

We are very pleased to announce that we have set up a new private Face Book group for BBSA members. This is a great platform for retailers, suppliers, designers and manufacturers to share information, tips, feedback. And also somewhere we can contact you. We’d love you to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/2208380689436045/ If you don’t already follow are social media... www.facebook.co./bridesbeware www.instagram.com/bridesbeware www.twitter.com/bridesbeware

Don’t forget to post your updates and photos using #BridalSaleweek and we will repost it across the BBSA, Bridal Sale week and Brides Beware platforms, reaching in excess of 30,000 followers. Its everyones responsibility to protect our industry and the high-street, any shops that would like some leaflets in their store or the poster design to print out please get in touch. bridesbeware@bridalsuppliers.co.uk or come and see us at: London Bridal Sale Week 24-26 March.

After such an outstanding 2018, we are further developing the strategy of bringing closer together the “brides beware” campaign and the bridal sale week, why?, we are totally committed to ensuring that todays bride understands that visiting independent retailers is the only viable option. This is why other than a massive facebook presence we use the National Wedding shows as a platform for this, attracting over 90,000 possible brides. We are working hard to promote the independent retailer and believe the local specialist bridal store is key to the British bridal industry and the high-street, this is a National campaign that is currently in development championing the independent bridal store.

Birmingham NEC 1-3 March

Manchester Event City 9-10 March

London Excel 13-14 April

London Olympia 20-22 September

Birmingham NEC 27-29 September

London Excel 12-13 October

Manchester Central 26-27 October

Are you filled with optimism for 2019? Do you think 2019 is going to be better or worse than 2018? Would you like to become a member? We’d love to hear from you bridesbeware@bridalsuppliers.co.uk

2018 saw another two successful Bridal Sale Weeks across the UK and Ireland. Don’t take our word for it let your fellow retailers give you their thoughts.

“ We had some very satisfied brides in during the November Bridal Sale week. I think that they were all very focused on the fact that it was a special event and that they could grab themselves a fabulous, genuine designer dress for a fraction of the price. We made room for some new dresses in the process, so everyone was happy”. Sam - Daisy’s Bridal Couture.

‘’We had a fantastic black Friday week sale lots of brides ordering on first visit with us’’. Fiona Todhunter MD

‘’Bridal Sale Week this November was very successful”. Vikki Wesley - Something Special.

This is a great opportunity for retailers to clear out excess stock, add much needed cashflow, all advertised free of charge for our members.

The dates for the 2019 Bridal Sale Weeks are as follows, July 5th-7th and Nov 29th-1st (Black Friday Weekend).

As a BBSA member you can also take advantage of a great discount if you are wishing to exhibit at the NWS. We also have a limited number of free tickets if you would like to attend any of the National Wedding Shows. Just get in touch bridesbeware@bridalsuppliers.co.uk

Our members get a comprehensive insurance policy they can offer their brides. It offers every bride £1000 of cover irrespective of the dress cost, Our supplier members are committed to working with brides and its members to ensure no bride is ever let down by factors outside her control.