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Clarion close office in Birmingham

21 January 2013Written by Anna Brady

Clarion Events, owners of the ‘Antiques For Everyone Fairs’ in Birmingham, have announced that as of February 1 they will close their Birmingham office, thereby moving the management of the triannual fairs to the head office in London.

Management of the other Clarion-owned events at the Birmingham NEC, including the Classic Motor Show in November, will also be moved to London.

The new organisational team for NEC fairs will be headed up by Dan Leyland, who joined the company in 2010 and is the existing sales manager on the Clarion-owned Olympia Antiques Fairs in London.

He has previously worked on events in both the UK and abroad.

Mary Claire Boyd, fair director of the Olympia fairs, said, "The Antiques For Everyone  shows are the largest vetted fairs outside London and we are committed to developing the fairs and offering even better service to our loyal clients.

"Having both the AFE and Olympia Antiques team based in London together provides a good opportunity to aggregate the experience and skills within our teams."

In December last year, Clarion announced the cancellation due to lack of exhibitors of The National Fine Arts and Antiques Fair at the NEC, the 23rd edition of which was scheduled to take place between January 16-20 this year.

At the time, fair director Tiffany Pritchard said the fair might return in 2014 but last week Ms Boyd told ATG: "Regarding the National Fair, there are currently no plans to reinstate it, but we will be talking to the dealers about what they want."

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