Saw this news this afternoon, quite 'wheel turns full circle' Focus was derived from 'Photography at Work' exhibition, which alternated years, Harrogate and London. Photography at Work was started, if my memory serves me by the publishing house that included Professional Photographer. So now another publishing group takes up the baton!
Dont think it is going to be like Focus... the floor plan sent to me includes a 40x12m stage, a wild flower garden and a large auditorium.
The advance material sent to potential exhibitors is very much aimed at the consumer end of the market, and image processing - You only have to look at the magazines Future publish to see where the slant will be.
And another big flag... ticketing is going to be handled by Ticket Master I believe, so be prepared to be paying booking fees....
And in the next breath.. Life Media, who operate in the same areas as Future have announced a pretty much identical event at Excel in London..... 3 weeks later.
Whether both will get off the ground I don't know, but I cant see too many exhibitors committing big time to both: Space at the London event is about 35% cheaper than for the NEC.
Watch this space - its fun being in the trade at the moment: At least no-one's grumbling about business being slack for something to talk about.