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Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo®


January 21st - 24th 2018 will see the RDS Dublin alive with exhibitors and retailers. The exhibition is presented by Showcase Ireland Events Ltd for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. Internationally it is promoted by Enterprise Ireland.

What is Showcase?

Showcase is a trade show where Ireland’s design and craft industries display their unique and wonderful products. Retailers come from across the country and further afield to peruse products, network and place orders.

Over 450 exhibitors are set to participate in this year’s show, the trade show’s 42nd year.


Shop owners and buyers visit the exhibitions, examine the products and speak with the exhibitors. There is Home Buyers Lounge in the Serpentine Hall. This is an area to sit and relax, meet fellow retailers while partaking a reviving tea or coffee. The International contingent are also well catered for. Trade buyers from over 25 countries will attend the show and will be keen to find unique and new suppliers. They have their own lounge with similar facilities in the Merrion Room.

Network & Seminars

The Home Buyers Lounge and the International Buyers Lounge are great places to make new acquaintances and to renew old friendships. Workshops and presentations on a range of relevant topics are provided by industry experts. The Shellbourne Hall is the seminar location. Effective use of social media, e-commerce for retailers and retail merchandising will be just a few of the topics covered.

Showcase & Lee Valley Ireland

Our business has two strands:

  1. Our online shop sells our products directly to our customers
  2. We also are a wholesale company - supplying our products to both shops and catalogues globally

It is the wholesale side of Lee Valley that we exhibit at Showcase. This year marks not only our 32nd anniversary, but also our 32nd year of exhibiting at Showcase. We had one of the biggest stands last year at Showcase 2017.

Showcase gives us the opportunity to renew and strengthen our customer connections in person. We get opportunities to meet new customers and develop working relationships with them. The trade show gives us the chance to connect on a business level during the day in the RDS and also to socialise together in the evenings. The combination of business and social dealings have genuinely strengthened our working relationships through the years.

Preparation is key to exhibiting at Showcase. We engage the services of a merchandiser to ensure our brand is as we want it. A merchandiser is a great asset when preparing for a show. They visualise how you want your business to be perceived and work to that end. Showcase is a big part of our year and we have been preparing for months in anticipation of meeting all our existing customers and will hope to introduce ourselves to many new customers too. We will be located at our usual location at stand E22 and we are greatly looking forward to this wonderful event.

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  • Kevin Jones
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