“It’s crystal clear, Britain is open for business” – Stephen Welfare, Partner, reports from NEC Spring Fair 2012
Despite the blizzard and arctic conditions that descended on the West Midlands over Saturday evening the Spring Fair 2012 opened as usual on Sunday 5th February.
After an understandable slow start business picked up as the weather thawed.
Spring Fair is the UK's largest trade event with over 300,000 brand new products being exhibited. The show has been refreshed this year with additional facilities for exhibitors and visitors to enjoy.
Royds' clients can be found spread across the 20 halls of the vast NEC complex, which makes for a lot of walking for the firm's intellectual property unit lawyers!
Based on the British Jewellers Association stand we provide advice and assistance to members of the BJA as well as instant access to legal help to all clients whether exhibiting or visiting the NEC.
The successful jewellery show has about 400 designers, suppliers and manufacturers representing the best of the British jewellery industry. New to 2012 is crystal company Swarovski; and a designated area for watches, "Time". The Pandora Catwalk cafe acts as a focal point as well as place of interest (or distraction!).
As brands are increasingly promoted across the globe with the use of the internet through search engine optimisation, display advertising and social media so the need for trade mark registration in more than the home territory of the business arises. Features of the legal advice and matters of interest at this years show have been the protection of the brand, exploitation of copyright images on the internet and preserving confidence amongst core retail customers in the face of aggressive internet competition.
Britain is trading, that's clear!