Atlantic Craft Trade Show (ACTS) Pan-Atlantic Consultation

In the months since ACTS 2015, our team has been working to consult, review and develop new ideas for the Atlantic Craft Trade Show. The timing for change could not be better! Now is the time to consider new ideas and concepts for the future. The consultation process conducted by A.L. Arbic Consulting was thorough and concise and we are very pleased with the results.

The complete consultation process has been documented on the Craft Alliance website. Craft Alliance has outlined in our recent newsletter ENVISION 20/20: Framework for Success (June 2015), some of the ideas and concepts going forward for 2016 and beyond! It has only been a few short weeks since we wrapped up the final consultations and meetings and we are well on our way to developing a rejuvenated ACTS for the future.

Over the course of 4 months, our consultants analyzed ACTS' show statistics; conducted focus groups and reviewed the results of Exhibitor and Buyer Online Surveys. They carried out numerous telephone interviews with exhibitors, buyers, Craft Alliance board members and other industry stakeholders, representing a diverse mix of experiences, views and ideas. An Executive Summary of the Pan-Atlantic Consultation gives a great overview of the project and key results.

The consultations provided a clear affirmation of the continued importance of the Atlantic Craft Trade Show in supporting the wholesale production and sale of handmade craft in the Atlantic region. We heard that there is no substitute for bringing together craftspeople, their products and wholesale buyers all in one place, at one time. Craftspeople and store owners alike benefit financially, professionally and personally from their participation in ACTS. The Pan-Atlantic Consultation Final Report outlines the entire consultation process with the craft community.

Reports will be available in French in the near future.