With a busy schedule of trade shows planned for 2022, buying group Associated Independent Stores (AIS) has confirmed that its INDX shows will go ahead under current government guidance for large indoor events and trade shows.

INDX (short for Independent Exhibitions) represents a group of trade shows that take place at AIS’ own conference and event centre, Cranmore Park in Solihull, with free on-site parking for visitors. Cranmore Park has been awarded the Good to Go industry standard, showing that it has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and has a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

As well as mandatory face coverings, visitors must present either their Covid-19 pass or proof of a recent negative lateral flow test on arrival.

AIS head of events Jane Bartlett said: “Two years on, we’d all hoped the pandemic would be over. Instead, we’re learning to live with changing Covid restrictions in a way that allows us to carry on with our lives as normally – and safely – as possible.”

The show calendar kicks off with INDX Furniture on January 23-25, followed by INDX Kidswear on January 30-31, and INDX Womenswear & Footwear, Menswear & Footwear, Intimate Apparel, and a combined Housewares & Linens show in February.

INDX Toys & Nursery (Formerly the Independent Toy and Gift Show) runs from April 6-7. Curated by a team with over 25 years’ experience in the toy industry, INDX Toys & Nursery will showcase market leading brands across licenced products, preschool toys and children’s gifts, along with previews of upcoming launches.

The INDX team said that exhibitors are signing up daily and visitor registrations are building, reflecting the confidence in its measures despite the challenges from the Omicron variant. It added: ‘The health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and employees is of the utmost importance and we continue to monitor guidance and comply with regulations. We recommend visitors check the COVID page on our website at www.indxshows.co.uk/visit/covid-19 for the latest updates before attending. We would like to send a huge thank you to our supporters, including our fantastic suppliers and visitors. We can’t wait to welcome the industry back to INDX shows in 2022!” Details and registration for all upcoming shows can be found on www.indxshows.co.uk

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