Lush Showcase 2018 Press Information Pack
What you need to know...
IS THERE AN AGENDA?
Yes! The full agenda is now available on the Lush Showcase Website ... we've also popped a link to the agenda at the bottom of this document.
WHAT IS THE ADDRESS OF THE VENUE?
The Showcase: Manchester Central (main central entrance), Windmill Street, M2 3GX
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Lush Showcase Ticket: You will need to show your ticket in exchange for your green PR wristband.
Bring a bottle: Bottled water/disposable cups will not be available at the event. So if you have a water bottle, then bring it! We will have a number of water stations at the event … it’s literally on tap!
QUESTIONS ABOUT FINDING THE VENUE?
These are all answered here.
At the Event
WHERE DO I NEED TO CHECK-IN TO THE LUSH SHOWCASE?
PR guests need to check-in and collect wristbands at the PR check-in desk on arrival at the Lush Showcase. Please make your way to the Main Central Entrance. You will then see the blue PR check-in desk on the far left. This is where you will collect your green press wristband and have it activated with food and drink tokens by one of our friendly PR team.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LUSH SHOWCASE EVENTBRITE TICKET AS YOU WILL NEED THIS TO EXCHANGE FOR YOUR WRISTBAND - This will have been emailed to you when your Lush PR contact registered your ticket. If you do not have this we can still check you in, it just may take a little longer for you.
HERE TO HELP YOU HAVE THE BEST EVENT EVER
Are you at the Showcase and need a quick answer about something? Do you want to know what option you should get for your lunch? Do you want to know where a particular talk or workshop is happening? Head over to the Lush Publishing room (located on the right hand side of the main entrance in rooms 3 and 4) where a member of the Lush PR team (wearing a pink lanyard) will be able to help you at all times. You can also use this space to charge your phone or laptop (please bring your own chargers), write content, host a press interview and grab a refreshment.
The Lush Publishing room (highlighted in red below) will be the media information point on both Sunday and Monday.
There will also be Lush PR representatives wearing a pink lanyard located in each area of the Showcase. Please feel free to say hi and ask them any questions you may have.
ARE THERE CASH POINTS ON SITE?
Yes - but they will make a small charge. Some till points may be card only.
WILL THERE BE SECURITY?
Yes - security will be there to help keep things running smoothly. Bag checks will take place, but please know that this is for your safety only. You will be asked to tap in and out of the venue using your electronic wristband for security reasons.
WHAT ARE THE OPENING TIMES OF THE EVENT?
10:00 - 19:00 (last entry is 18:00) Once you have collected your ticket you will need to use your electronic wristband to tap in and out of the event.
WHERE CAN I CHARGE MY PHONE/LAPTOP/TABLET?
PR guests can charge their phones, tablets and laptops in the Lush Publishing room. Please remember to bring your own charging cables.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE-USE/RECYCLE YOUR WRISTBAND?
Yes please! Please return your wristband to us when you leave the Showcase. We will recycle the band and reuse the electronic tag. Bins will be provided for these.
IS THERE A CLOAKROOM?
Yes, but it will not be big enough for large suitcases. Think planes ... if you could take it on a flight as hand luggage then you’ll be OK! Anything larger and unfortunately we will not be able to store it for you.
WHAT’S THE #?
Follow the conversation with #LushShowcase.
WILL THERE BE WIFI?
As always, we will provide you with a good WiFi connection. The network is Lush and there is no password.
WILL THERE BE FIRST AID AVAILABLE?
First Aid is available on site at all times you will find the first aider in the Central Foyer
WHERE DO I LEAVE MY LUGGAGE ON MONDAY?
Please leave your luggage at your hotel on check-out. PR guest hotels are between a 2-5 minute walk from the Showcase venue or there will be a bus to shuttle you to and from the event.
Food and Drink
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD INTO THE EVENT?
I’m afraid not, but we will provide lots of tasty vegan and vegetarian options for you!
SO WHAT FOOD AND DRINK WILL BE AVAILABLE?
Each attendee will receive electronic food tokens on their wristband for each day they are attending - enough for one meal a day. Lunch on both days is available from 11.30 - 15:30 from a choice of food stalls.
Please be aware that there are likely to be queues at peak times, so if you want to avoid waiting in line make sure to grab your food either side of the peak lunch time.
Hot drinks will be available throughout - no vouchers are required for these.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANYWHERE FOR ME TO EAT IN MANCHESTER?
Yes - the wonderful Lush Manchester Arndale have put a lovely guide together for you, that includes some tasty Lush discounts. You can view it here.
Travel and Accommodation
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Your Lush PR contact will let you know which hotel you will be staying in prior to the event, if this is something you have requested.
ARRIVING BY TRAIN - HOW DO I GET FROM MANCHESTER PICCADILLY TO MY HOTEL?
The Lush travel team have been booking train tickets in order for our guests to arrive into Manchester Piccadilly Station. If you’re arriving on Saturday 22nd at this station you will be able to find Lush travel team assistants to help guide you to your hotel. It is also where the Metro Shuttles begin and terminate. Lush travel team assistants can be found in the shelter near the main exit or just outside on during peak times on Saturday 22nd only.
If you arrive outside of these dates/times and need assistance finding your hotel, please contact your Lush PR contact directly.
ARRIVING BY FLIGHT - HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO MY HOTEL?
On arrival at Manchester Airport you will be met by a taxi driver in the main arrivals hall. Please keep any eye out for your taxi driver, they will be clearly identifiable as they will be holding a card with your name.
HOW DO I GET TO THE SHOWCASE FROM MY HOTEL?
Manchester Central Convention Complex is within walking distance from all hotels.
However we are arranging a bus for those who are slightly further away - those staying in the Crowne Plaza will have a bus collection from the hotel to the event at 09:30 on the Sunday and Monday / Monday night there will be a bus collection from the Showcase back to the hotel at 19:15.
Other Important Things
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE EVENINGS?
There will be a PR global networking event taking place on Sunday 23rd Sept from 19:30-21:00 at Menagerie. It would be great to see you there! The bar is walking distance from the Showcase, so there will be no transport back to the Crowne Plaza from the Showcase on Sunday evening.
Other than that your evenings are your own to relax, party, explore Manchester or watch Netflix (or Lush Player) to your heart's content. Consult the Manchester guide for ideas!