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The Print Show will return to the NEC in September

The Print Show will return to the NEC in September
The organiser of The Print Show, Link Exhibitions, has announced that the event will return in September 2021, when it will be this year’s only live exhibition that is entirely dedicated to the UK print and wide-format sectors.

Having postponed the 2020 show due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Print Show is back for 2021, with the primary aim of helping to drive recovery in the market and allowing visitors and exhibitors alike to catch up on the latest developments after a year of unprecedented disruption.

The show, which will take place in Hall 7 of the NEC in Birmingham from September 28th to 30th, when, once again, it will be welcoming a wide range of exhibitors drawn from all corners of the market.

Event Director Chris Davies commented: “We’re really excited to be back planning for 2021 and cannot wait to welcome visitors from all across the UK to the NEC this September.

“It’s been a really tough 12 months for the industry, but we firmly believe that The Print Show will serve as a catalyst for the market’s recovery, by enabling exhibitors to showcase their latest offerings and manufacturers, suppliers and print companies to reconnect once again.”

The Print Show 2021 will run in line with strict government guidance in terms of Covid-19, with the health and safety of visitors and exhibitors being the organiser’s number one concern.

More detailed plans as to how the show will operate will be announced closer to the event, in line with the latest government advice pertaining to mass gatherings as and when it is announced.

Chris Davies continued: “We have been keeping up with all of the latest government announcements in terms of how and when exhibitions will be able to run, and we are fully confident in our ability to host an informative and exciting event in September.

“While we understand that some people may be a little hesitant about visiting a large event after all that has gone on, I want to make it clear that we are fiercely dedicated to the safety of all of those in attendance and we will ensure that all of the relevant Covid-19 protocols are in place.

“We will be working with the NEC and the local health authorities right up to and during the event to make sure our visitors and exhibitors can attend the show without any concerns.”

This year, The Print Show will operate under the banner ‘Print Without Barriers’, which is designed to encourage visitors to look outside of their traditional markets and consider moving into other areas in order to diversify their service offering and win new work.

Given what has happened over the past 12 months, this is more relevant than ever, with many print companies having seen demand for certain types of work decline. However, those businesses that are active in several markets, including key growth sectors, have been able to remain busy and, in some cases, grow.

Chris Davies observed: “Since we launched in 2015, we’ve been promoting the benefits of diversifying into new markets, and this year will be no different. As we have seen in the past 12 months, there will always be a demand for print, but it’s all about knowing where this demand is and making sure you get a piece of the action.”

To reflect this approach, the Business Seminar Theatre will return to host a series of specialist speakers, while the Diversification Zone will enable visitors to gain an insight into a number of potential expansion markets, including 3D print, promotional print and packaging.

In addition, the incredibly popular celebrity speaker feature that debuted at The Print Show 2019 with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Chris Eubank and Gregg Wallace, will return too.

This year, former Apprentice and Countdown star Nick Hewer and boxing legend Frank Bruno will both appear at The Print Show, while a third star guest will be unveiled closer to the event.

Chris Davies concluded: “There is so much to look forward to at The Print Show 2021 and I am looking forward to catching up with as many people as possible at the NEC.”

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