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Exhibition News covers LGE 2012!

December 12, 2011

posted on: 12/12/2011 11:15:11

The organiser of the London Garments Expo will relocate the show from London Olympia to the Business Design Centre (BDC) in 2012.The second annual apparel trade show will take place from 29 to 31 August 2012 and aims to bring British and international manufacturers, designers and buyers together to open up export and import opportunities. The show is organised by Perfect Management London and covered 11 different countries in its first year including the UK, India, China, Turkey, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The inaugural London Garments Expo ran from 27 to 29 October 2011 at London Olympia and had 81 exhibitors. Perfect Management spokesperson Danielle Jones-Smith said the move was precipitated by the venue’s 2012 London Olympic Games but highlighted BDC’s location in the trendy, design-led central Islington area as a major plus.“The BDC is fitting with what we’re trying to do and it’s not too dissimilar from the Olympia Grand Hall on a slightly smaller scale,” she said. The new dates in August will see the show situated in the middle of the buyers’ seasons and ahead of London Fashion Week.

“There were several things we need to improve on from the first show and one of these was the date, which we’ve acknowledged and moved,” Jones-Smith continued. “We’re also aiming to market to specific industry sectors to improve our visitor numbers.”

Jones-Smith said it hoped to run a bigger and better show in 2012 and highlighted education and skills as key focal points. Among new features planned in 2012 are a Best of British pavilion to sit alongside other dedicated country areas. The event includes a fashion catwalk and workshops.

Jones-Smith said the organiser will look to increase the number of emerging countries present at the show such as Brazil and Bangladesh.

“We will have a bigger focus on emerging labels and up-and-coming designers,” she added.

Olympia is currently in the midst of a £20m redevelopment plan to upgrade the West Hall and providing connecting links into the Grand and Olympia 2 halls.

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