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First exhibitors for BoB North line-up revealed

Friday, 10th April 2015

After three hugely successful events in London, the Best of Britannia (BoB) team is travelling north for the first time, to host their exciting 3-day pop-up unique department store in Preston, Lancashire.

Taking place from 15th – 17th May in the historic Post Office building and Market Square in the heart of the Lancashire city, BoB North will showcase the best in British design with a host of inspiring exhibitors most of which are based in the North of England.

As usual BoB will be keeping the fashion enthusiasts amongst the crowds happy with an array of beautifully crafted apparel, footwear and accessories these include: Britannia Footwear (Burnley) with over twenty years’ experience in the shoe industry trading as far afield as USA, Japan and China; Lancashire cycling bag brand, Carradice (Nelson) who have partnered up with BoB sponsor Virgin Trains and will reveal a limited edition bike bag made entirely of recycled materials; Deni Deni (Rossendale) set to display their custom made, bespoke leather products in an array of handbags, belts and bow ties.

For those looking for inspirational interiors, BoB will once again be hosting an array of beautiful home brands such as newcomers to BoB’s line-up, Dan Marc furniture (Preston) and The Odd Chair Company (Preston), as well the established national brand Graham and Brown (Blackburn).

One for the petrol heads is Scomadi (Lancaster), authentic scooter manufacturers, who have created a machine that allows the true enthusiast to retain classic styling without sacrificing reliability to modern day functionality.

Amongst the different stands and a specially curated Lancashire produce market, visitors will find BoB food and drink partners such as Fever Tree, with their sophisticated flavours of G&Ts, Raspberry flavoured Pinkster Gin and classic tea brand, Tregothnan. After such a feast for the eyes, take time out and refuel at one of BoB’s pop-up restaurants including local favourites Duk Pond (Preston) and All Fired Up (Blackburn).

Speaking about BoB, non-executive Director, renowned designer and Lancastrian,

Wayne Hemingway MBE said, “I have been a fan of Best of Britannia since its inaugural event in
2012. BoB is hitting the zeitgeist with British manufacturing seeing a resurgence.
We are at a time when retailers need security of supply (something that the Far East often falls down on). The realisation of quality are becoming key issues in manufacturing and a growing number of consumers here understand the boost to the UK economy to jobs and to the
sustainability and ethical sourcing that ‘Made in the UK’ brings.”

As a born and bred Lancastrian, who manufactures much of my company’s designs in the county, I am delighted that BoB North is coming to Preston where the impact of the event in a region with such a proud manufacturing and creative heritage is bound to be huge.”

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said, “With just over a month to go before the first ever BoB North, the excitement is tangible as new exhibitors and partners are being added daily – It’s going to be a fabulous showcase for Lancashire and a perfect day out for anyone who loves style, innovation and retail therapy!

“We’re an innovative and creative county with a real “make it” movement and we’re incredibly proud that the first ever BoB North outside of London is happening right here in Preston, Lancashire.”

In the run up to BoB North, from Tuesday 12 May, Preston train station will play host to a buzz of BoB North activity. Expect visits from Preston politicians, celebrities and the mayor while various exhibitors give travellers and commuters a taster of the real thing to take place that weekend.

BOB North is working in partnership with Marketing Lancashire, Preston City Council, Virgin Trains and UCLan to ensure maximum impact to both exhibitor and visitor.

For more information and tickets head to:

For images and press enquiries regarding BOB North please contact: on 0207 400 1120

For Marketing Lancashire enquiries please contact:

Laura Crabb, PR and Communications Executive 01772 426 456
Anna Izza, Head of PR and Communications   01772 426 459

Notes to Editors

1. Marketing Lancashire is the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Lancashire, Our activities in marketing and communications, commercial membership and place marketing are designed to grow the visitor economy and develop the profile of Lancashire as the first choice destination to visit, live, study, work and invest.

In 2013 Lancashire attracted 63 million visitors who contributed around £3.5 billion to the local economy and helped support 56,137 jobs. 

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