Despite continued difficult trading times, fabric buyers remain confident about business for 2011, according to a survey conducted by the organisers of the Textile Forum fashion fabric show.

Around 85% of respondents were as confident, if not more so, going in to 2011 as they were in 2010, say the organisers of the event, which takes place in London from 9-10 March.

The opportunity to buy fabrics from stock was a key factor for visitors attending the show, supporting the premise that buyers wish to remain as flexible as possible with their buying decisions.

There will be an even greater choice of fabrics to select from in March, with more than 30 collections on offer, including those from three new exhibitors: Abraham Moon & Sons, woollens; African Queen Fabrics, vibrant West African designs; and Graham Smith Fabrics, colour coordinated woven dress fabrics. The March show will also see the return of Acorn Fabrics, the shirting specialist.

Textile Forum is aimed at designers and small to medium sized manufacturers looking for high quality fashion fabrics from UK and European mills. Exhibitors all offer small minimums and many also have stock and short order fabrics as well as collections for forward order.