The organisers of the January Furniture Show — which took place at the NEC last week — say the inaugural show was beyond their wildest dreams.

Furniture Fairs co-director Laraine Janes said its success was down to more than 300 of the UK's leading furnishings companies voting with their feet and exhibiting.

“Retailers and key buyers turned out in force to support it,” she said. “It has been an amazing few days. In our wildest dreams we couldn't have hoped for a better outcome.”

Ultra Furniture md Glenn Aston said: "This is the first time in eight years we have come to the show and we have come out well ahead of target. In fact on the first day, despite having our full team here, we simply didn't have enough staff to deal with all the customers."

Fellow upholstery supplier Westbridge also had a good show, with md Paul Islip saying he was delighted with the quantity and quality of the customers who came to the show.

“We have worked very hard to put the show together and are highly delighted with the response. We also really appreciate the support that retailers have given to the show,” he said.

Rif Lalani, md at furniture importer Bentley Designs said: "We're really happy the show has remained in January — we see it as the national show and it is very important to us strategically as we use it to launch all our new ranges. We've met all our targets in terms of seeing a lot of major accounts, seeing new retailers and doing deals for the year.

Fellow distributor Morris Furniture Group joint md George McGraw said: “There's been a great buzz and it has probably been our best show for quite a number of years. It's been well attended and I think there has been a better quality of exhibitor than we have seen for a while. We're delighted with it."

The 2016 January Furniture Show returns to a Sunday start date and will run from 24th–26th January.