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Following on from our previous update regarding festival dates (short version: TBF13 runs 17th – 24th November, with our convention taking place 23rd & 24th), we’re pleased to bring you preliminary information about registering for tables at this year’s convention, so if you’re hoping to exhibit with us this year, then please read on!
As with the last two years, we will be utilising the New Dock and Royal Armouries hall venues on Clarence dock, which will give us space for approximately 300 tables. In order to secure this area, and due to our ongoing contract reviews with the venues’ management, we’ve had to slightly increase table prices for both halls and the costs. We’re trying to keep the rise in overheads as low as possible, and our not-for-profit status helps with this, but we’re always reluctant to have to increase any pricing, in order to ensure that Thought Bubble remains as accessible to attendees from all backgrounds as we can possibly make it. We hope to make this year’s show bigger and better than those that have come before it in order to offset the changes, and, as always, we welcome all feedback as part of our ongoing commitment to keep Thought Bubble moving in the right direction!
Table prices for 2013′s convention are:
New Dock Hall creator table: £85
New Dock Hall creator table (half): £42.50 (while stocks last, extremely limited numbers)
New Dock Hall retailer/publisher table: £120
Royal Armouries Hall creator table: £70
Royal Armouries Hall retailer/publisher table: £100
As well as the updates to pricing structures, there are also a couple of practical alterations that we’ve implemented in order to streamline the exhibiting process:
As always, if you book an exhibitor table (of any type) this includes two complimentary passes to the show (and each table booked in addition to this confers one extra pass per table), but this year we will not be offering additional exhibitor passes for sale. In recent years, as the number of exhibitors attending Thought Bubble has increased exponentially (which we love, by the way, new faces are awesome!), it has become extremely difficult to process requests for additional passes and keep track. Because of this, we’re asking that exhibitor groups that require any additional passes (exceeding the amounts detailed above) purchase these through our online ticket sales system (which will go live later in the year), as it makes the process of tracking sales a lot easier for us, and helps minimise the confusion for people arriving to the convention on the weekend. Wristbands booked in this manner will be available for collection at the convention hall/s when you arrive on the Saturday morning, and, for more information on this, you can take a look at our booking terms and conditions.
We’re hoping to have the online table sales going live around midday on Monday 25th February (barring any pesky internet gremlins), which this year will utilise an online booking form which combines the information processing and payment stages, and means that everyone should appear on our maps and other promotional materials as they desire. We think this will make things a lot easier for everyone involved, and it brings us racing into the electronic age for all aspects of the exhibiting process!
Speaking of which – please don’t forget to send along your exhibitor icons after you’ve completed your booking, so we can advertise your attendance to everyone who’ll be at the show, and if you happen to be launching a book at Thought Bubble (or have something that’s making its Thought Bubble debut) send us the information and we’ll put it on the website. Full details of the exhibitor icon dimensions can be found in the terms and conditions, and what information to send for us for debuting books (and other items) can be found at this page on our website.
We’ll be sending out an email to all previous years’ exhibitors with all this information on too, and we’ll be promoting the table registration commencement on Twitter and Facebook as well, so if you know someone who’s interested, please point them in the right direction, so they can get all the information they need!
Hopefully, all the above makes sense, but if you have any queries whatsoever, then please, get in touch. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supports Thought Bubble each year, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Leeds in November, for what promises to be our biggest (and hopefully best) festival ever!
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