Brand Licensing Europe has travel options to compensate for planned strikes
With Brand Licensing Europe, the mega event for all those involved in licensing, happening next week, the show’s organiser has been swift to offer travel options to help visitors cope with potential disruption caused by the planned National Rail and tube strikes.
Echoing the visitor appetite for the show, registration for the three-day event, which takes place on 4-6 October at London’s ExCeL, is 34% ahead of last year, with 4,200 confirmed meetings, and 72 new exhibitors signed up.
Currently a National Rail strike is planned for the first day of the show on Wednesday, 4 October, while London Underground has industrial action planned on days one and three. However, the Tube strikes do not affect Elizabeth Line, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, cable car or tram services, but there may be some closures of stations which are shared with London Underground – information will be available on the day.
There are no strikes planned for the middle day, Thursday, 5 October, although visitors should anticipate a later start to London Underground services.
As there could be some disruption to journeys, the BLE team has updated the show hours to allow extra time to host or attend meetings:
- Wednesday, 4 October: 9am-6pm with optional additional hour 5-6pm for meetings.
- Thursday, 5 October: 8am-7pm, with optional additional hours 8-9am and 5-7pm for meetings.
- Friday, 6 October: 9am-3pm, giving an earlier close to allow attendees and exhibitors maximum time for onward journeys due to expected travel disruption.
In addition, there will also be two drinks receptions on the BLE show floor from 5pm-7pm on Wednesday and Thursday, which are free to attend for all attendees and exhibitors.
All updates can be found on the official BLE website, which will be updated with any further changes and information as the event nears.