GUIDES AND DIRECTORIES
The official Manchester Furniture Show Catalogue will be produced in partnership with Furniture News. Other recognised trade publications will contact you for information or advertising for their own Show Previews, and we support them with our own content, but there is only one official Show Catalogue distributed at the event.
In recent years, third parties such as Expo Guides / Fairguide / Construct Data Verlag among 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 the Manchester 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:
1) DO NOT PAY ANYTHING
2) IGNORE THEM COMPLETELY - do not communicate with them in any way, even if they threaten legal action. Writing letters simply confirms that you exist and are available at the address/email address/number they have for you, and encouraging them to pursue payment
3) Report it to your local trading standards
4) Keep a log of all correspondence and contact from them
Optional: Complain to the receiving bank that their client Expo Guide (or other as applicable) is obtaining money by deception.