It has been brought to our attention that our exhibitors are being targeted by companies claiming to be, or work with, our organisation. These companies may even use our branding in order to appear genuine.
Ocean Media Group, the organisers of London Bridal Fashion Week, White Gallery & Harrogate Bridal Show, would like to stress that there are no third parties selling any data. This is against the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR) in the UK.
All official partners associated with our events will be listed in your exhibitor manual.
Companies such as Expo-Guide and Fairguide.com regularly publicise their services to exhibitors at events, primarily in Europe. These companies use a misleading form, which resembles an organiser’s Free Catalogue Listing Service. They invite exhibitors to sign and return the form for an entry in an on-line directory. Doing so contracts the purchaser into a three-year, non-retractable agreement. Non-payment is then followed by aggressive debt collecting by Premium Recovery.
It is therefore extremely important that you remain vigilant when signing documents seemingly related to the events and if you are in any doubt surrounding the authenticity of communication received, please contact your account manager directly.
The AEO (Association for Event Organisers) advises exhibitors who fall victim to this scam the following:
Our advice is to IGNORE THEM COMPLETELY, and not communicate with them in any way. Writing letters simply confirms that you exist and are available at the address/email address/number they have for you, and therefore payment can be pursued.
Report it to your local trading standards
DO NOT PAY ANYTHING
DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCAMMERS even when they threaten legal action
These organisations have also been known to use debt recovery agencies, the same advice stands for these agencies.