Brand Licensing Europe supports a post-pandemic industry with What’s Next theme for 2021

As the industry collectively begins to look towards a post-pandemic future, Brand Licensing Europe, in partnership with Licensing International, is supporting the network, weaving a ‘What’s Next’ theme throughout its 2021 show.

BLE is making its return this year with a new multi-platform format taking place in-person from November 17th to 19th at ExCeL London, followed by an online event on November 30th to December 1st, giving a platform to people, ideas and practices set to change the face of brand licensing.

The What’s Next theme will focus on three distinct areas to give attendees an overview of the most important considerations for doing business in 2022 and beyond.

The ‘Agents of Change’ Roll of Honour gallery will be situated at the entrance of BLE, providing an aspirational welcome back to the live event for the whole community and will be taken from License Global’s Influentials list of 2021 that will feature in December.

This interactive space will tell the stories of the branded products on show – where they came from, how they were made; the partnerships and collaborations featured, as well as offering practical advice and support on how the licensing industry can unite to tackle these vital issues.

Informa Markets’ VP of Licensing, Anna Knight, said: “Identifying new trends, change makers and upcoming challenges is what makes an industry gathering like BLE unmissable. This past year has shown how adaptable we are and, as we move into a post-covid world, that pace shows no sign of slowing down. Looking towards the future has never been more vital and this is precisely what our ‘What’s Next’ theme is designed to support.

“Our hope is that this year’s theme, and all of the amazing content that envelops it, will help to take the guesswork out of strategic planning and support our attendees to drive forward their visions for the future.”

Registration for the event is now open and retailers, manufacturers and brand owners wishing to take part in this year’s event are invited to register for free at to reconnect with the European licensing community in-person and online this November.

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