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The BBC Good Food Shows

Gordon RamsayThe BBC Good Food Shows, which kicked off at the SECC in Glasgow on 30th October, are a favourite with the UK public and a particular highlight on the UK events calendar.

The 2009 shows in Glasgow, London and Birmingham have a primarily Christmas focus, with ideas and tips that are sure to give you a hearty dose of festive spirit in time for December 25th.

MasterChef Live, which is to be held at London’s Olympia on 13th-15th November, will offer tasting sessions and masterclasses, as well as a cook-off between past MasterChefs, which will be hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

Birmingham’s November show reads like a who’s-who of cookery royalty, with top celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver, James Martin, The Hairy Bikers and Gordon Ramsey each holding live demonstrations in the NEC’s Supertheatre. Also on offer here is the ‘Market Kitchen’, which will hold ‘educational and entertaining’ seasonal cooking demonstrations.

Both the London and Birmingham events will also incorporate a Producers’ Village, which will allow attendees to sample local and seasonal food, and will play host to hundreds of exhibitors from around the world showcasing an enormous range of top-quality food and beverages.

We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, so we’ll save the Summer Good Food Show, also to be held at Birmingham’s NEC, for a future blog – although if you can’t wait that long you can always visit the Good Food Show website for advance information!

For more information on all shows, and to book tickets for the 2009 shows, visit

The show dates and locations are:

The London Running Show

London Running Show The London Running Show on the 28th – 29th November 2009 at Olympia in London aims to pack the maximum amount of information possible into its two days, and is designed to appeal to runners of every experience and fitness level.

For newbies, or those who want to hone their regime and their lifestyle to improve their running, there are seminars and workshops dealing with everything from training and nutrition, to tips on running safely and avoiding injury. The show operates on a fairly informal basis, with seminars running on a first come, first served basis – so no need to worry about booking seminar places in advance.

The more seasoned of the show’s attendees will find that the event has plenty to offer them too: the sports and injury clinic, which will incorporate physiotherapy, run analysis, massage and core stability training, will offer free assessments – ideal for runners of all levels. In addition, a wide range of companies will be showcasing their products and services, and many vendors will be offering special promotions exclusive to the show. Services available will include shoe fitting, fitness testing and gait analysis; there will also be nutrition and health food products to sample.

Top running magazine Runner’s World will be in residence at stand B16. The stand will be a key attraction at the show, with nutrition advice from the likes of Kim Pearson, Annelise Benzie, and Tara McKearney; free training plans and fact sheets with useful advice and information; and free physio consultations and treatments. Visitors to the stand will also have the chance to meet GB track and field athlete Jo Pavey, which is sure to provide inspiration and motivation to all running enthusiasts.

Tickets cost £9 in advance, so whether you are a serious competitor or prefer to run for fun, visit to book your place.

An Introduction to Displays

The stand or display most suitable for your business will depend on a number of factors: the amount of space available, the nature of the exhibition itself and, of course, your budget. Displays range from banner stands and pop up stands, to heavy-duty boards and displays for outdoor use.

Banner Stands offer a cost-effective way to make your business stand out. You don’t need any additional tools to set them up, and because they take up relatively little floor space, they are suitable for a huge range of exhibitions.

Another low-cost option is PVC banners (also known as roll up banners or vinyl banners), which incorporate eyelets for easy hanging and can be either single- or double-sided. They can be displayed in an aluminium frame, which is lightweight and helps to give the banner maximum impact.

Pop up exhibition stands give your business that extra wow factor, but you will need to ensure that your allocated exhibition area has enough floor space for a stand. Pop up displays are easy to set up, and their frames are made of lightweight aluminium which makes them both easy to transport and hard-wearing, so if you are looking for a durable stand that really makes a statement, these can be a good way to go.

Displays for use at outdoor events include banners or boards specially made for use outside. These are built with strength and stability in mind, making them ideal for exhibitions where you are exposed to the elements. Plus, they can also be used indoors if required, which makes them particularly versatile.

Of course, branding is key, so in each of the display options outlined above, your company logo and graphics are printed onto the displays. Each option is easily portable, and comes with its own case so you can get it from A to B with minimum fuss.

To discuss your exhibition display options further with us, please contact us now on 020 8507 1612, or get in touch through our contact form.

World Travel Market

9th – 12th November 2009, ExCel, London

World Travel Market

Spanning four days, World Travel Market is a must-do trade event for the global travel industry. Taking place at the ExCel conference centre, located in the heart of London’s Royal Docks, the 2009 event is fast approaching, and will run from the 9th to the 12th November.

Now in its 30th year, 2008’s World Travel Market saw record numbers of attendees, with almost 50,000 industry professionals turning out to network, negotiate and find out about the latest industry trends, forecasts and developments. The show’s slogan – ‘Around the World in 4 Days’ – effectively captures the dynamic and information-packed spirit of the event: with conferences and seminars, tailored student education programmes, and of course a wealth of exhibitors and industry professionals in attendance, World Travel Market brings together buyers and sellers from around the world, with just about every imaginable sector of the industry – from air travel to technology companies – being represented.

New for 2009, the event will be holding ‘Advice Clinics’, whereby attendees will have the chance to discuss business concerns and gain free advice from industry professionals. A special party is also being held on the Wednesday evening to mark the event’s 30-year anniversary. In addition, once registered, visitors and exhibitors can take advantage of a free pre-event service called ‘WTM Get Connected’, which allows attendees to find and contact each other before the show itself, with the aim of making networking easier and more efficient.

Main standholders this year will include Alamo Rent a Car & National Car Rental, European Tour Operators Association and Welcome to Yorkshire, to name but a few, and the exhibiting partners are set to number in their thousands.

To find out more about World Travel Market and to book your place, just go to

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Welcome to the Brand New Exantia Blog!

With so much going on on the exhibitions circuit and in the surrounding industries, we know how hard it is to keep up with the latest news and to get useful and relevant industry information. So we’ve decided, in true twenty-first century style, to start a blog. We hope to update the blog at least once a week, and intend to bring you the latest news from the exhibition and events sector, as well as information on pop up stands, banner adverts, displays and branding. In addition, the blog posts will let you know more about what we are up to here at Exantia, and will give you details and rundowns on a wide variety of key events, including trade shows, exhibitions and conferences.

We want the blog to be informative and engaging, and we hope that it will come to be an invaluable resource for industry professionals and event attendees alike. We are always keen to hear from those in the industry, as well as current or potential clients, so we welcome your input: if you have an especially newsworthy tidbit or interesting anecdote relating to the industry that you would like to see covered in the blog, don’t hesitate to let us know. If there is a particular event on the horizon that you feel people would benefit from industry-specific information on, or even if you just want to comment on our previous posts or suggest general topics for future entries, please feel free to get in touch with the Exantia team by dropping an email to us at

We hope you enjoy our blog, and we look forward to hearing your ideas, comments and feedback!

The Exantia Team

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