Posts tagged #Book Fair Vans

What we're doing this summer

What we're doing this summer

Whilst the rest of the team have headed off to various parts of Europe for the summer Dan has decided to get involved with a new event at London Olympia called Business4Better.

If you are planning to visit on the 9th or 10th July do say hello 


Posted on September 18, 2013 .

How many Euros will you get for your pound?

We've searched around the web for the best rates we can find, after all Frankfurt 09 had a shockingly low exchange. This years is not great by any stretch of the imagination but with a little work you can make the most of what you have to spend.

We found a few minutes spent on gave us a list of options and rates. Seems obvious to say this but if you go along and do the exchange yourself you will be offered a better rate than having it delivered.

The search interface is simple to use and the results are displayed in order of best rate. We think this site is a money and time saver but if you don't agree feel free to post a comment below.


Tracking software: Would it make a difference to you?

We're thinking of investing some time and effort to find tracking software that we can use on our runs to Frankfurt and Bologna.

We think it might be useful to offer you a way of seeing where we are on our journey to your favourite book fairs.

We see this as a way of confirming that we will be arriving when we told you rather than offering an estimate of arrival time like lots of other carriers do because we agree a time with you before we pick up your boxes.

But before we head off spending time and money it makes sense to ask you whether you think it would help. Do let us know in the comments box below or pop us an email to

As always we have an open mind about what we do and that goes for feed back as well.


Manic Mondays

On a hot summers day it probably seems odd to be talking about the first week in October but then again we all know how time flies when you’re having fun or even working on a Frankfurt deadline.

So it seems to make sense to let you in on our secrets for #FBF10 (yes we do spend too much time on twitter).

You’ll probably know us as the people who work at the last minute delivering all you need to your stand, working just with those who exhibit at Book Fairs. This Frankfurt we plan to run a really last minute service leaving central London at 5pm on Monday 4th October arriving at your stand for tea time on Tuesday. It’s prompted by feedback we’ve had after Bologna and when we visited London Book Fair, flight chaos, excess baggage charges, silly prices for airline seats with no baggage limits, sore arms and aching backs seem to be the most common topics of conversation.

We’re happy to do the lifting, driving and lugging, whether it is one box of precious dummies or a few stacks of catalogues that arrived a little later than you planned, or you just don’t have the nerve to ask your driving out MD to squeeze a few extra items in the boot and you don’t even want to think about what you’ll leave behind to make room in your suitcase (It was always shoes for me but then I’m a boy).

We know from experience that the best laid plans can go astray but we think that you shouldn’t have to carry the can or even the boxes because a deadline moves backwards.

Still need convincing, we’re happy to come and see you, you’ll be able to look us in the eye and decide if we are people you like enough to trust with your important last minute material.

Please feel free to comment in the box below, as far as we’re concerned all feedback is helpful, whether you think we are barking mad, mildly interesting or you want to know more, we’d like to hear from you.

Daniel is our head of last minute, exhibitions since the early 80’s veteran, trained counsellor and Swiss army knife carrier, loves driving through France because people avoid the motorways, hates paying to cross boarders just because they have a tunnel dug through a mountain. Email him at


Posted on September 14, 2013 .

Late booking: What's the cost of flying to Frankfurt?

Over the last week I’ve spoken to quite a few people about their run up to Frankfurt and I have to say I’m delighted to hear that the vast majority are progressing well and remarkably do not sound too stress. What I was surprised to hear is that a reasonable number of people have not booked a flight yet.

Being a last minute kind of person I’m comfortable with not doing that when it’s my money but when it’s the company that I work for it worries me a little, after all going to a trade fair is a big ticket item.

So what can you do to make sure no one melts down when you put your expenses in when you get back from FBF10?

A quick look at British Airways, BMI and Lufthansa site shows that prices for the popular departures a Tuesday 5th Morning and early afternoon with inbounds on Saturday 9th in the morning are already getting expensive. I checked the following prices around 17.30 GMT on Thursday 9th September 2010 using and

BA prices are up to £375 outbound in the morning as a Club Europe fare and inbound between £269 and £401 again Club Europe.  

BMI prices from £115 to £279 but with no flight after 09.45, returns are £269 with only one flight not sold out at 08.25.

Lufthansa show a grid of prices starting at £222, clicking through reveals a range of options on flight time that can see the costs rise to £564.


That’s the best I can do with snipping and as you can see I no graphic artist but I have to admit the different ways of showing prices makes it a little difficult to check and compare.  I found a site called Trabber I could have used but prefer the layout of Trabber,  which seems to make the process of checking and comparing a lot easier. A simple front screen and then a long list of options that you can adjust and book by clicking through to your chosen airlines site.

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As you can see this search is showing 707 results and you can refine and reduce to your heart's content. I didn’t remove the stops options as the flight times are pretty good and I would still make it in to the hall before 4pm. I know that changing isn't the greatest fun but the cost difference is quite something.

While we are talking about cost doesn't it seem time to change the pricing model that airlines use, whether I book early or late I still cost the airline the same amount to fly me to my destination. In fact as a late booker you are paying a higher price and subsidising everyone else who booked early. The only difference is I've kept my money and the airline doesn't get to use it weeks or months before I travel.

If you've found a way to save on your plane tickets do share in the comments box below and of course if you feel moved to feel free to comment.

Daniel is our head of last minute, exhibitions since the early 80’s veteran, trained counsellor and Swiss army knife carrier, loves driving through France because people avoid the motorways, hates paying to cross boarders just because they have a tunnel dug through a mountain. Email him at