Trade shows and exhibitions
Exhibition legal issues
When exhibiting at a trade fair you must ensure your stand:
- your stand meets health and safety standards
- your stand meets accessibility requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act
- you comply with regulations applying to the sale of goods
- you comply with data protection and privacy rules if you collect any contact data at the event
Designing a safe stand
When designing your exhibition stand you should ask yourself:
- Will every visitor be able to get to the stand and take part in any hands-on demonstrations?
- Is everything you want to do covered by the venue insurance?
- Have you made sure there's nothing for visitors to trip over or injure themselves on? For example, ensure there are no trailing leads and stow away promotional materials.
- Is the electrical supply suitable for your installations?
Selling and the law
If you are intending to sell goods or services directly from the exhibition, you should also consider:
- The Consumer Rights Act - this states that all goods or services must match the description given, be fit for their purpose and be of satisfactory quality.
- Product liability law - if anyone suffers damage to personal property or is injured or killed as a result of using your product, they could sue you. See product liability insurance.
- Weights and measures - if you sell any of your goods by weight or measure you will have to comply with a number of rules.
- Pricing - there are laws that affect how you must give prices and protect customers from misleading pricing tactics
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