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The Best of Britannia design show at the Old Post Ofiice in Preston

The Best of Britannia design show at the Old Post Ofiice in Preston

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Some of Lancashire’s best creative businesses are heading to London to showcase their work nationally thanks to Lancashire County Council.

A dozen businesses have been chosen to travel to Shoreditch for the Best of Britannia (BoB) show this weekend, where their work will be seen by both the trade and the public.

The Lancashire showcase at BoB London has been arranged by the county council’s Creative Lancashire service, following the success of the BoB North weekend, which was held in Lancashire in May.

BoB profiles a range of products reflecting the best from the UK, showcasing established and emerging talent from fashion, textiles, footwear, accessories, jewellery, cycling, motoring, home furnishings and much more.

It takes place from Friday to Sunday and will breathe new life into the Nicholls and Clarke Building in Shoreditch by creating a unique pop-up department store experience.

Creative Lancashire are working with the BoB organisers and Virgin Trains to create a package of support to help with the costs for these Lancashire businesses to exhibit.

Ed Matthews-Gentle from Creative Lancashire explained: “We’re pleased to say that we’re helping to develop the careers of some of the most talented designers and specialist manufacturers from the region.

“The eclectic nature of BoB makes it a good fit for these businesses. It will open up opportunities in new markets and they will gain confidence to take their products to new markets, as well as essential market research and insight, by talking direct to customers and other businesses.”

Similar to the Preston weekend, Creative Lancashire will present a dedicated space showcasing some of the best new and emerging businesses and individuals from the region - working in collaboration with partners including the BoB team and the Crafts Council.

The Lancashire exhibitors include: Deni-Deni (leather accessories) Sophie Alice Hirsch (jewellery), Swarm Design (textiles and lighting), Dan Marc (furniture) and Carradice (cycle bags & accessories) who will be presenting their new UPSO bag collection.