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
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