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For over 30 years, Clarion Retail has been dedicated to curating best-in-industry furniture shows that connect businesses worldwide. During that time, we have seen countless women push the boundaries and drive the industry in ground-breaking ways.    

Here, we believe in the power of connection, collaboration, and celebration of women's achievements. That’s why we’ve founded the Women in Furniture Network. Whatever position you hold within the furniture industry, our group offers a supportive space where you can grow and thrive professionally.    

Most importantly, we want to give you the platform and network to share your perspectives to learn and connect with other like-minded women in the industry. Therefore, we are excited to bring you specialised networking events to support professional growth in a male-dominated industry. 



Save the Dates 

25 October 2023

birmingham events

Iron House, Birmingham 

15:00 - 18:00 

Theme: Mentorship


22 January 2024

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January Furniture Show, NEC Birmingham

17:30 - 19:30

Theme: Speed Networking


Registrations opening soon!

11 July 2024

Manchester central events

Manchester Furniture Show, Manchester Central

11:30 - 13:00

Theme: Leadership 


Registrations opening soon!

What to expect


This event is tailored to support women professionals in the furniture industry, providing an exceptional opportunity to establish connections, foster collaboration, and expand your professional network.

Meet Industry Leaders: With opportunities to listen to and meet key female leaders from across your industry. This is a great way to hear success stories and be inspired by accomplished women who have made a significant impact in the field of furniture. 

Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals, forge valuable partnerships, and expand your professional network. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and collaborate with fellow women in the industry. 

Supportive Community: Join a community of like-minded women who share your passion for furniture and design. Build long-lasting relationships, find mentors, and contribute to a supportive network that can help navigate challenges and celebrate achievements together. 

Provide Your Input: Let us know what we can do for you. This event is the first of many, and we want to make sure you get the most out of the WIFN. 



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  • As the Portfolio Director for Clarion Retail, I am thrilled to announce the second Women in Furniture Networking event, aimed at fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for women in the UK furniture sector, with this networking theme focusing on mentorship. At Clarion, we recognise the incredible talent and expertise that women bring to the industry, and we believe in providing an equal platform to network, collaborate, and excel. At Clarion, we understand that networking is crucial for professional development, but we also recognise that women sometimes face unique challenges and biases. By creating a dedicated space, free from judgment or bias, we look forward to empowering women to build their networks, expand their horizons, and take bold strides towards their career aspirations. Our commitment to supporting women in the furniture sector goes beyond this event. We firmly believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for a thriving industry, and we are actively working towards creating more opportunities, promoting leadership roles, and celebrating the achievements of women in this field. I invite all women in the UK furniture sector to join our Women in Furniture Network and I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming event soon.
    Zoë Bonser
    Portfolio Director for Clarion Retail

The Venue

Iron House Birmingham 





Situated in a historic industrial building, accented contemporary art & design, Iron House offers a unique opportunity for artists, event planners and local businesses to create memorable events.

The Iron House building is steeped in history. The earliest records of The Lambourne dates back to 1848 where a pawnbroker run by a Miss Ann Webb opened its doors. 2 years later in 1850, Mackey Charles opened up his brass foundry in what is now our atrium gallery which sold Hosiers, Jewellery & Sundries.

Moving to the 20th century, where the building held a variety of different occupations as the Jewellery Quarter changed and evolved as an area. There was a move from manufacturing (to help the war effort in the 40's), to it being used as a live music venue and underground nightclub in the 90's (where the WHOLE building was painted black!) Today, Iron House's mission is to enable and empower their community to utilise this unique environment. 

Built by gallerists, event managers, marketers and property developers, Iron House amalgamates the best of each to provide a unique space that caters to all without compromise.

Located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Iron House has a ground floor space of 3,600 sq. ft, fully air conditioned with disabled access and parking opposite for 200 cars.

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