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Brand Licensing Europe updates on transport options ahead of planned strikes

With Brand Licensing Europe now just a week away, the organiser has offered an update to help visitors cope with potential travel disruption caused by the planned National Rail and tube strikes.

The show is taking place on 4-6 October at London’s ExCeL. The show has 4,200 confirmed meetings, 72 new exhibitors and registration is 34% ahead of last year.

Currently a National Rail strike is planned for 4 October – the first day of the show – while a London Underground strike is planned on days one and three (4 and 6 October).

The London Underground strikes do not affect Elizabeth Line, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, Cable Car or Tram services. However, there may be some station closures, if those stations are shared with London Underground – information will be available on the day.

There are no strikes planned for Thursday 5 October – the second day of the show – although visitors should expect a later start to London Underground services.

As there could be some disruption to journeys, the BLE team has updated the show hours to allow extra time to host or attend meetings.

The official meetings platform has also been updated to reflect these changes:

  • Wednesday 4 October: 9am-6pm (optional additional hour between 5-6pm for meetings);
  • Thursday 5 October: 8am-7pm (optional additional hours between 8-9am and 5-7pm for meetings);
  • Friday 6 October: 9am-3pm (earlier close to allow attendees and exhibitors maximum time for their onward journeys due to expected travel disruption).


In addition, there will also be two drinks receptions on the BLE show floor from 5pm-7pm on 4 October and 5 October. The receptions are free to attend for all attendees and exhibitors.

All updates can be found on the official BLE website – simply click here – which will be updated with any further changes and information as the event nears.

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