INFORMATION FOR POTENTIAL EXHIBITORS AT THE 2013 FAIR
Application Forms for the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia in June 2013, were sent worldwide to members of the ABA and ILAB on January 2nd. Last year’s move to the superior and larger National Hall at Olympia was hailed a great success by exhibitors. Regular and new Exhibitors will be interested in the following highlights and improvements planned for the 2013 Fair:
- Great news for overseas exhibitors! UK VAT is no longer charged to overseas exhibitors as packaged exhibition services now fall under the reverse charge provisions. This means that the supply is treated as taking place in your home country and should be accounted for on your own VAT return.
- A discount is offered on all stand packages for new exhibitors (i.e. you have not exhibited at this fair in the last 5 years)
- A new upgrade discount if you increase the size of your stand from your 2012 stand package.
- The opportunity to book premier stand positions will run again in 2013.
- All gangways will be enlarged to 3 metres minimum.
- Following the successful sale of the Damien Hirst print collection that sold within four hours of opening last year, some, if not all exhibitors will have an opportunity to book additional large print display space in high footfall areas, such as the cafés. More details to be followed in Exhibitor’s Pack.
- We have increased the publicity budget to allow our professional PR team to further promote the Fair locally, nationally and internationally. There will be increased cross promotion in 2013 involving all the fairs associated with London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week
- The guided tours that were so well attended in 2012, and also at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair in November 2012, will be expanded in 2013 to help promote the antiquarian book trade and book collecting as well as encouraging new visitors.
- Our lectures will be given from the successful London University series, and the lecture room will probably move to the balcony area to improve sound quality.
- A new initiative ‘LIVE at the Antiquarian Book Fair’ will replace ‘ALSO at the Antiquarian Book Fair’ with more stands offering activities, classes and demonstrations, as well as helping us to promote the entire fair to new audiences.
- We also plan to provide shade coverings those stands that felt the effects of the uncharacteristic British sun in 2012!
We look forward to receiving your completed application form in January!
In its 55th year, the London International Antiquarian Book Fair achieved excellent sales figures – up by 22% to £3.85 million, which given the current economic climate, has surpassed expectations. For the first time this year, the Fair took place in the National Exhibition Hall. We're looking forward to its second year in this superb new location www.olympiabookfair.com