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Brand Licensing Europe is born

Advanstar's popular Brand Licensing show will be rebranded as Brand Licensing Europe from tomorrow.
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The move follows the successful two-day event in October - which moved venues from Earl's Court to Olympia and changed dates to the beginning of the month. Advanstar hailed it as the "best Brand Licensing ever".

"Since 2003, when Brand Licensing was repositioned as Europe's event for licensing and brand extension, European visitors to the show have increased by 48 per cent and international visitors now account for one fifth of the total audience," said Jessica Blue, event director.

The increased interest from European attendees in 2003 and 2004 convinced Advanstar to launch the Hosted European Retailer Programme in 2005. Over the last two years, the programme has fully hosted 22 key European retail buyers from the likes of Carrefour, Auchan, Toys R Us Netherlands and Eroski.

Advanstar has also increased investment in European marketing and PR year-on-year since 2003.

"More investment has equalled more activity, more intensity and a wider reach. In 2006, the PR team secured editorial in a broader range of titles in more European territories than ever before. We fully intend to step this activity up again for 2007," Blue continued.

"We can confidently say that Brand Licensing is now a truly European event and our exhibitors and visitors feel strongly about, and fully support, its international scope. With that in mind, we felt it was high time the show's name properly reflected the content and reach of the exhibition, and that's why we have rebranded as Brand Licensing Europe for 2007."

Next year's event takes place at the Grand Hall, Olympia on October 2nd and 3rd.

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