Best of Britannia showcase to return to Lancashire in 2016

INNOVATION: Wayne Hemingway opened last year's Best of Britannia North
INNOVATION: Wayne Hemingway opened last year's Best of Britannia North
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Best of Britannia is heading back to Lancashire this year after a hugely successful debut event in 2015.

The pop-up BOB North event will take place on March 12 and 13 – and will feature the best of British manufacturers from across the North West, North East and Yorkshire.

The venue is once again the historic Post Office building and Market Square in Preston, supported by Preston City Council.

The BOB team is also offering support to brands whose business and manufacturing has been adversely affected by the recent devastating floods, by offering free exhibition space.

As usual BOB will be keeping fashion enthusiasts happy with an array of beautifully crafted apparel, footwear and accessories.

Joining Preston-based performance clothing brand True Mountain will be Leeds-based knitwear designer Ross Barr and ties from LAD. These will sit alongside furniture and furnishings, textiles, art and fragrances from The Thomas-Coles from Chorley.

Exhibitor Rory Thomas-Coles said: “Best of Britannia North was the first big event for The Thomas-Coles, and it was a great success for us – we sold out on each of the three days. We also had multiple enquiries from stockists, all of whom we continue to do business with to this day.”

Creative Lancashire will be bringing the hottest new designers and makers to the show the University of Central Lancashire ensuring that the creative stars of the future are well represented,

Non-executive director and renowned designer Wayne Hemingway said: “As a born and bred Lancastrian, I was delighted to have opened the inaugural BOB North in 2015. The quality of the produce on show was wonderful and it is great that the event is returning to Preston.”

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire said, “The North of England is renowned for innovation and creativity in manufacture.”

Preston Council’s executive member for Culture and Leisure Services, Coun Veronica Afrin said, “We are very pleased to have Best of Britannia back with us this year and look forward to seeing what is on offer for 2016.”

Read more about when Best of Britannia came to Preston:

Preston train station brings the Best of Britannia to passengers - Full story

Best of British showcased at major exhibition in Preston - Full story

Former Preston Post Office to host Best of Britannia event - Full story

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