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ecoSHOWCASE London 2010

Emirates Stadium, London, 21st September

This event lasts just one day (though it will move to three other locations in the country later in the year), but the exhibitors and seminars have been packed in. EcoSHOWCASE is aimed at those in the building and construction industry, and offers demonstrations, seminars and discussion platforms with a focus on sustainability and ecological innovation.

The show is divided into six main halls, which are each dedicated to a separate area across the following parts of the industry: Eco, Internal, External, Structural, Building Services, Interiors and Professional Services. Exhibitors will include Daikin Air Conditioning, Renson Fabrications Ltd and Triflex UK Ltd, as well as many, many more, with representation for every imaginable area of the construction sector, ranging from bathrooms and bricks to power tools and plumbing. Seminars on the day will be held at 11am, 12pm and 1pm, and will focus on environmental legislation, low carbon and environmental management systems respectively.

New and exclusive products will be unveiled and demonstrated at the show, and there will also be several opportunities for learning and developing knowledge. In fact, there is a real emphasis not just on lecture-style education, but on inciting debate and inviting discussion, with professionals including product suppliers and industry associations, as well as from the wider construction industry, on hand to answer questions and conduct dialogues.

The London event will be held at the home of Arsenal Football Club – Emirates Stadium – which can easily be reached via bus or tube (Drayton Park being the closest station). There will also be repeats of the event in Liverpool (Liverpool Football Club, 12th October), Cardiff (Cardiff City Football Club, 9th November) and Sheffield (Sheffield United Football Club, 30th November).

To register for ecoSHOWCASE, visit or call 01425 477565.

Olympia Beauty

Hot on the heels of Clothes Show London, Olympia Beauty will be doing its part to ensure that the nation continues to look its best into the Autumn-Winter season.

Open to trade and industry professionals only, the two-day show will be taking to the floor of the Olympia Exhibition Centre’s Grand Hall with a swathe of experts, celebrities and product launches. Over 6,500 visitors have already registered, and the consumer press are expected to turn out in droves ready to offer their take on the new products and offerings that will be unveiled at the show.

One of the central – and, to the uninitiated, slightly more exotic – features of Olympia Beauty is the apparently world-renowned ‘Nailympics’ (now in its eleventh year), which sees three divisions (Novice, Apprentice and Master) of nail technicians and students compete in various competitions to capture the attention of a panel of judges who have come from as far afield as Latvia, the USA and Japan to partake in the judging. The entrants, likewise, will be coming from all over the world and the competition’s categories include Fantasy Nail Art and Mixed Media Nail Art, so expect lots of avant-garde creations and impractical but undeniably stunning designs!

Beauty seminars specifically focusing on the care of Black and Asian skin, as well as expert advice, live demonstrations and master classes, will bring a dash of educational flavour to the event. Meanwhile, Dermalogica, OPI, Essie and CACI are just a few of the more than three hundred brands that will be represented. In addition, exclusive deals and savings will be on offer – who says beauty has to have a high price?

Tickets to Olympia Beauty are free for beauty professionals and can be registered for via

Displays in “hot salsa” action

cuban bandThe summer is over now, but the season of music festivals continues. During the last few years Exantia has produced popup, banner stands and PVC banners for a number of music bands. One specific case is that of the Latin and Salsa band Los Musicos“. These small Latin and Salsa band plays festivals, weddings and corporate events all across the UK. We have produced for them banner stands that work as “Point of sale” displays for their CD’s and merchandise.
The field of World Music in the UK is an ever growing one, and the wise use of promotional material (PVC banners, banner stands, pop up stands, etc) at concerts and performances give some bands a particular edge over the competition.

Here at Exantia we will keep the hard work to support and make “stand out” the up and coming Latin and World music acts.

Summer Events Guide – Part 2

The New Designers Expo, 1st-4th July and 8th-11th July, Business Design Centre, London: Kicking July off in style – literally – The New Designers Expo brings together over 3,500 graduates across disciplines as wide-ranging as animation, furniture and glass. According to the show’s website, as of 6th April around 80% of the show’s tickets have already been sold, so check out soon if you want to register your attendance!

Imbibe 2010, 13th-14th July, Earl’s Court, London: This event is aimed at buyers and sales professionals within the licensed trade. It focuses on premium drinks brands, and offers ideas for improving customer service and sales figures for establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Visit to register for the event free of charge.

The Great Yorkshire Show, 13th-15th July, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate: The Great Yorkshire Show is another favourite on the agricultural events circuit. With motorbike displays, army assault courses and a fashion pavilion alongside the more traditional cattle parades, stock handling and show jumping, the show certainly has a lot going on – plus, TV chef Rosemary Shrager will be in the Game Cookery Theatre to demonstrate some of her favourite Yorkshire-inspired recipes. Visit for further details.

Chilterns Craft Show, 27th-30th August, Stonor Park, Oxfordshire: Seeing out the summer will be Chilterns Craft Show, which is a family-orientated event that brings handmade and personalised crafts together. From traditional to unusual, contemporary to antique, the event offers visitors the opportunity to purchase gifts and pieces for the home, as well as view demonstrations and displays from up to 250 different craftsmen. The event is held outdoors, so hopefully the weather will still be holding by then – although various marquees, including a fine food and drinks marquee, will be in place if not!

Go to for more information.

Summer Events Guide – Part 1

Perhaps it’s wishful thinking on our part, but the UK weather seems to be slowly (ok, very slowly), but surely improving. So, to celebrate, we thought that we’d devote a couple of blog posts to bringing you a lowdown on some of the hottest events to be gracing our country this summer.

Toy Collectors Fair, 6th June, Birmingham NEC: The next instalment of this regular event will be in June. As always, hundreds of exhibitors will be present, showing everything from model trains to dolls’ houses, as well as toys from classic franchises such as James Bond. There will be a special section of the fair dedicated solely to dolls and teddy bears, and visitors can expect to find bargains as well as rare antiques for sale.
The Summer Graduate Fair, 9th-10th June, Earl’s Court, London: This event is invaluable to graduates, whether they are already set on a career path or have absolutely no idea which direction to take after university. Visitors will have the chance to make contact with such high-profile companies as the BBC and KPMG, and can attend Industry Insight talks which will give them information about the nuts and bolts of different sectors.

The East of England Show, 18th-20th June, Peterborough Showground: A highlight of the region’s agricultural events calendar, the East of England Show is a three-day celebration of farming and rural life, with livestock classes, show jumping and classic car displays.

London Film and Comic Con, 17th-18th July, Earl’s Court, London: one of the major draws of this year’s Film and Comic Con is sure to be The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary Reunion, which will include cast and crew members such as Kenny Baker (R2D2), Chris Parsons (C3PO) and Gary Kurtz (Star Wars Producer). Visitors can also expect giveaways, talks, displays and more.

Barking & Dagenham East London Expo

Barking and DagenhamSanofi-aventis, Dagenham, 19th October 2010

Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce are the brains behind this Expo, which is the first of what will become an annual occasion – so the perfect time to get in at ground level and be among the first to experience this brand new business-to-business event.

Trading opportunities, new business relationships and product showcases will be in abundance at the Expo. It is aimed at both buyers and suppliers, and leading figures and multi-millionaires from the business world will be in attendance, boosting their profiles by meeting fellow industry players and keeping their eyes peeled for networking and trading opportunities.

Sponsors of the inaugural event include the Barking & Dagenham Post, Thames Gateway London Partnership Travel Plans and Dagenham and Redbridge FC, and there will be over 75 exhibitors (including Exantia!) manning the stands and offering a multitude of goods and services; in fact, early reports stated that the stands initially on offer were sold out 5 weeks in advance of the event, so this show looks set to become a firm fixture in East London’s business calendar.

With so many savvy business heads and entrepreneurial-types in attendance, it’s fitting that ‘free’ is a bit of a watchword for this bursting-at-the-seams event: entrance to the show, seminars and networking forums are all on offer at no charge – and, as an added bonus, complimentary tea and coffee will be available throughout the event (as well as a cash bar for those wishing to celebrate deals struck and partnerships made!). Also free will be the Expo’s ‘meet the buyer’ event, intended to help small- and medium-sized companies to secure business with large private and public sector contractors. The buyers will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how best to present your company to meet supplier selection criteria and win big contracts.

Exantia will be in attendance at stand 43, showcasing our range of pop up and banner stands and display accessories, and answering questions about your display needs. We can also advise you on direct to board display solutions such as Foamex and Dibond, and aspects such as how to design your exhibition graphics, and best practice for exhibitions and trade shows – so make sure you stop by stand 43 with your free tea or coffee and say hello!

The show will kick off at 10am and end at 6pm, and it will then be followed by a networking reception which will run from around 6pm-8pm. The venue is located at the Sanofi-Aventis Sports and Social Club, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, RM7 0XQ. It is located around 10 minutes from Romford, and local directions to Rainham Road South are available on the Expo’s website. The nearest tube stop is Dagenham East.

Although the event is free to attend, you do need to book your attendance via the website (click the ‘Register’ link at the top of the page).

Destinations Holiday & Travel Show

Exantia_destination 3Earls Court, London, 4th-7th February and NEC, Birmingham, 5th-7th March

Presented by The Times newspaper, Destinations proudly proclaims itself ‘the essential event for travel inspiration’. Now in its 16th year, there are few events on the show circuit that can be said to have such a wide-reaching appeal as this one: quite simply, Destinations attracts anyone with a passion for travel, and will offer ideas, tips and expert advice to suit every taste and budget.

The show is split into world areas for easy navigation, with a special area dedicated specifically to adventure travel, and hundreds of companies will be exhibiting at both the London and Birmingham legs of the event, which makes it a great alternative to travel agencies or the internet for getting travel tips. Many of the companies in attendance will offer exclusive show discounts and special packages, so it’s also the perfect place to book your next trip – be it vacation or voyage.

To keep things lively, the World Entertainment Stage is set to include showcases of Brazilian Capoeria, Colombian and classical Indian dance, whilst in the Meet the Expert Theatres high-profile explorers, adventurers, travel writers and photographers will take the floor to regale visitors with tales of their own adventures and expeditions. Topping the bill in London will be the likes of Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury, whilst speakers in Birmingham will include Mark Carwardine and Simon Reeve, as well as self-proclaimed ‘gastronaut’ Stefan Gates.

Advance tickets are £8 for Birmingham or £10 for London (plus booking fee), but there is also a ‘Late Night’ option available for London, which allows you to access the show on Thursday 4th February after 5pm for just £5. Kids under 12 can attend either show free. To book your place, visit


hotel 128th February – 4th March 2010, ExCel, London

2010’s Hotelympia will be launching on Sunday 28th February, and will run until Thursday 4th March. Taking place at ExCel London, the event aims to bring together a huge range of key players from the hospitality industry, and will act as host to suppliers from areas ranging from food and drink to interiors, tableware and technology.

Exhibitors are set to include an enormously diverse variety of companies, such as Catering Equipment Ltd, Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances, Heinz Foodservices – and even Purbeck Ice Cream – though with almost 1,000 exhibitors taking up stands, there is bound to be something for everyone, no matter which area of the catering and hospitality industry they are involved in.

A large portion of the event this year will focus on sustainability as well as hosting sustainability seminars on the Main Stage, there will be an entire area of the exhibition solely dedicated to offering sustainability solutions, ideas and tips. This area aims to provide visitors with a chance to learn ways in which to make their business greener, in particular by improving their operation in areas such as waste management and recycling, and water conservation, recovery and management. There will also be an ‘Innovation Pod’, which will offer additional inspiration regarding eco-friendly furniture and energy-efficient products. Professional speakers will be on hand to further expound on the topic, and exhibitors with a particularly environmentally friendly bent will be demonstrating their products and serving up their knowledge within the seminar section of the sustainability area.

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend Hotelympia over the five-day period, and tickets can be obtained free of charge when registered for in advance (otherwise there is a £30 entrance fee, payable on the door). Visit to register for your ticket.

The Baby Show

beautiful-baby-with-innocent-attitude19th-21st February, ExCel, London; 21st-23rd May, NEC, Birmingham; 22nd-24th October, Earl’s Court, London.

Boasting ‘unbeatable shopping, expert advice and great entertainment’, The Baby Show has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2002, with visitor numbers topping out at over 76,000 last year.

The first Baby Show will be held at London’s ExCel arena, and will run from the 19th-21st February, with subsequent events held at the Birmingham NEC from 21st-23rd May, and London’s Earl’s Court on 22nd-24th October. With big names such as Pampers, Tommee Tippee, Maclaren and Fisher Price prominent among the more than 600 companies that take part in the event, product launches and demonstrations are a focal point. But the event is also a great forum for smaller baby-related start-ups, with plenty of floor space given to new companies and ‘mumpreneurs’.

For the baby who has everything, the Boutique Baby area, which will be incorporated into the ExCel and Earl’s Court shows, is a must-visit part of the event. Housing niche products and high-end accessories, it is ideal for the particularly discerning baby and the mum with money.

Celebrities and big-name baby industry experts will also be in abundance at the events: ExCel will see Dr Miriam Stoppard imparting valuable advice on such topics as bedtime routines and peaceful nights, and Tess Daly will be stopping by on 19th February. Annabel Karmel will also be in attendance at the ExCel event on all three days, and will be speaking about nutrition during pregnancy, as well as dispelling some of the myths surrounding feeding of babies and toddlers.

The specifics of the NEC and Earls Court events have yet to be announced, so you may want to visit closer to these shows for further information.

2010 Events Round-Up

events_2010Here is a sneak peak at just some of the UK events that 2010 will have to offer…
Getting the year off to a flying start is the rather testosterone-laden PistonHeads, which will feature performance cars from Alphas to Vipers, as well as plenty of other attractions including a dedicated Stuff Zone, showcasing gadgets, gizmos and gear by the gallon.
Veering off in a completely different direction, the first leg of The Baby Show ( will begin in February at ExCel London, with subsequent events at Birmingham NEC in May and Earl’s Court, London, in October.

March will be a busy month on the events circuit, with such UK staples as Foodex – previously known as ‘Foodex Meatex’, the Hotel and Catering Show and The Ideal Home Show ( – not to mention the infamous CRUFTS ( dog show – to name but a few.

The April slot of the 2010 events calendar will contain some shows of a more serious bent, including the Counter Terror Expo 2010 ( and Defence IT, whilst the London International Wine Fair in May and the International Fine Art Fair in June will see out the Spring in style.

Maintaining the air of sophistication, the Harrogate Home and Gift Show runs during July, and is a favourite summer event (particularly since it comes complete with Pimm’s tent!). Harrogate will also play host to August’s Lingerie and Swimwear Exhibition, as well as the Great Northern Quilt and Needlecraft Show, which is due to take place in September.

The Restaurant Show 2010 (, to be held at Earl’s Court, London, in October, will be a big one for the UK’s restaurateurs, whilst Cake International ( and Toy Collectors Fair will brighten up Birmingham’s NEC in November and December.

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