Guides and directories
In recent years, third parties such as Expo Guides, Fairguide, Construct Data Verlag and others have been targeting exhibitors at major exhibitions in UK and Europe for paid entries into show guides. These companies are NOT in any way affiliated with January Furniture Show and they are NOT working on our behalf. If you do not recognise the publisher, proceed with caution.
These companies use a misleading form, often with the show logo, which resembles an organiser’s free catalogue entry form. Exhibitors who sign and return the form for an entry in an online directory are contracted into a three-year, "non-retractable" agreement. Non-payment is then followed by aggressive debt collecting by recovery agents, including threats of legal action.
We strongly advise all exhibitors to be vigilant against organisations such as these. Please be aware and read the small print details before signing any documents. Please contact us if you require any clarification.
If you have been caught out, the current advice from the AEO (Association of Exhibition Organisers) is as follows:
Optional: Complain to the receiving bank that their client Expo Guide (or other as applicable) is obtaining money by deception.
Manchester Furniture Show operates a zero tolerance of intellectual property (IP) infringement, All Exhibitors must have a legitimate licence to market their products or documentation to confirm they are the IP rights’ holder of all products promoted during the Exhibition.
Should you have any concerns, the team from ACID offer guidance and support. Find out more information at www.acid.uk.com
We recommend that you do not engage with any fraudulent emails. Please continue to be vigilant, and if possible forward any of these emails to your sales manager, so that our legal team is able to issue a cease and desist order.