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Top Drawer: Design Trade Show

2018 Pulse trade show exhibitors
2018 Pulse trade show exhibitors
2018 UAL trade show exhibitors. Photo by Damian Griffiths.
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Careers & Employability
Published date
05 June 2019

Showcase and sell your work to retailers at Top Drawer Trade Show.

UAL’s Careers and Employability team, together with Clarion Events, are offering UAL students and graduates a discounted opportunity to showcase their work on a UAL branded group stand, at Top Drawer, 8-10 September 2019 at Olympia, London.

Top Drawer is the UK’s leading design-led trade show for gift and interior products, with over 30 years of experience. The show is perfectly timed for the peak buying seasons in September to maximise results.

This opportunity will give you the chance to sell your work and expand your business contacts directly with both major and independent retailers, from the UK and around the world. Training and support will be provided to selected exhibitors to make sure they are prepared for the experience.

Last year's exhibitors said:

"I really needed to meet retailers and make sales. Both exceeded my expectations."

"The financial support towards exhibiting meant there was less risk, and allowed me to reflect on the possibility of trade shows being a potential investment and increasing turnover.  To hear feedback from the buyers was invaluable and I was able to fine tune who might actually want to sell my product."

"It was a great experience that I would recommend any business owner/designer/maker to take part in if they can! I met so many new people and made so many great contacts that I would never have otherwise."

The opportunity is open to all UAL students and alumni / graduates, and products can include:

Costs: £65 (UAL students) / £160 (UAL graduates/alumni)

  • Gifts
  • Interior accessories
  • Soft furnishings
  • Lighting
  • Glass, ceramics, jewellery
  • Craft
  • Fashion accessories
  • Stationery
  • Greetings cards
  • Frames & prints

Costs cover:

  • Space to exhibit your work
  • Stand design and build
  • Individual promotional material
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Training events & support
  • Public liability insurance

A space at Spotted at Top Drawer would usually cost around £999.


  • You must be a University of the Arts London student or Alumni
  • You must be present for the duration of the show, including set up and break down
  • You cannot have had your own stand at Pulse or Top Drawer in the past
  • You cannot have been trading for more than 3 years

Apply by 9am on 24 June 2019.

Apply now