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Published:  13 January, 2010

BPA UK Pavilion at Kind und Jugend

The BPA is organising a ‘Best of Britain’ UK Pavilion at Kind und Jugend in Cologne. We recognise there is a demand for British companies to have a larger presence at the event.  This year we had eleven companies join us on the first BPA UK Pavilion helping make it a success.  All participating companies have committed to rebooking for 2010 so please reserve your stand to avoid disappointment.

Benefits of the pavilion include a collective, branded and prominent presence at the event. This can certainly benefit smaller companies providing the assurance that they won’t get lost in the crowd and will have a visible presence at the exhibition. In addition they will receive assistance and support from the BPA and other UK companies. A welcome pack will be provided prior to the show with all the insider tips and advice that is needed to exhibit in Cologne and beyond.  Participating companies also benefit from a central meeting area for business discussions and valuable networking opportunities.  The members of the BPA UK Pavilion will also be substantially promoted in the UK and Europe with the support of Koelnmesse and the BPA.

As with any new venture, we have reviewed the Pavilions’ first year performance and have decided to implement a few changes to refine and enhance our presence at Kind und Jugend 2010.  These will include increasing the amount of pre-show publicity and improving the layout and design of the area.

We hope you will join us in Cologne in order to achieve a successful show.  Please register your interest by contacting Sarah Firth, Event Manager for the BPA on: 0845 456 9580 or sarah@babyandchildfair.co.uk

BPA supportive of Maclaren

The BPA believes it is important for parents and carers to have a clear understanding of the issues surrounding product safety, the responsibilities of our members in producing safe products as well as those of parents in their correct operation. Our aim is to increase that awareness to ensure the safety of children. The recent accusations of unsafe products levied against Maclaren on the BBC are unfortunate and the problem is overstated.

The BPA strongly supports Maclaren’s position. The assertion that this is solely a Maclaren issue is wholly inaccurate as any folding product must be treated with care and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

All our members’ products comply with the relevant European and British safety standards and Maclaren’s products meet and often exceed them. These standards have been developed to ensure that consumers can have confidence in any products that comply with the relevant standard. The opening and closing of products has been considered in the creation of the standard and products that meet these are safe to use, however, the manufacturer’s operating instructions must be followed at all times.

All manufacturers’ instructions have appropriate warnings and product information and whilst we strive to ensure that compliance with these standards offer consumers safe products, users must accept a responsibility to operate these products in accordance with these manufacturer’s instructions. It is essential that all parents take extra care and consideration when operating any folding product when children are nearby.

Implications for the nursery industry

There was recently a BPA meeting with Maclaren, BIS and a representative from Trading Standards where it was discussed and agreed that the products involved were in full compliance with British/European standards and legislation. The European standard for Wheeled Child Conveyances is already under its five year review as required by CEN and it is important that the European nursery industry continues to be heavily involved in this revision. At the meeting it was felt that there was not any need for any short term changes to the products that comply with current standards/regulations.  It is important to highlight that in order to comply with the relevant European standard, the industry does not need to introduce hinge covers onto the wheeled goods sector or any other related product.

BPA Baby & Child 2010

The executive committee are currently reviewing options for BPA Baby & Child 2010.  There is a strong requirement for an Autumn show for many manufacturers but we need to ensure that a wider selection of manufacturers and retailers attend the show.  We will be announcing more details on the show in the February issue.

Update on the BPA Concept & Innovation Award Winner

Chillipeeps are enjoying their success as the Overall Winner of the BPA Concept & Innovation Awards 2009.

The award has led to many exciting doors being opened for Chillipeeps.  The team are currently planning their optimum route to market.  Claire Mitchell commented:  “We are aware of the potential interest not only in the UK and Europe but also by the international market. We are looking to launch the range in 2010 and have plans to extend the concept to other market sectors where we are exploring its’ varied applications.”

The award has been an extremely positive experience and has given Claire the opportunity to meet with key retailers, network and meet brilliant mentors.


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