I have brought the application form up to date in Word so that you can fill it in on your computer and give me a nice legible copy by e-mail so that I don’t then need to waste paper printing it. Your information then goes into a spreadsheet for planning the day, even the hall layout is computerised now. The Data Protection Act is not applicable because no personal data is involved. (Your name address and telephone numbers are already in the public domain and the other data you give me is understood to be freely given for use in our show brochure)
A few notes however, this is a true craft fair, if your stock is not genuinely UK craftsman/craftswoman made by you personally please do not waste everybody’s time trying to get in. We will not allow traders of warehouse stock especially cheap imports. We are ordinary folk so we can be fooled but not on the day when we see it, so please avoid any unpleasantness, cheap and crude does not equate to craft, especially not here.
We are strongly supported by the Guild of Essex Craftsmen and as the majority of our exhibitors are fully accredited members, we adopt all their policies on quality, originality and content.
We have reluctantly, had to incorporate all the Health and Safety considerations that the rest of the craft industry has accepted. The Product and Public liability laws tightened on retail many years ago and Craft has simply been forced to catch up. We expect you to carry your own Product and Public Insurance although of course we cannot insist. We also expect you to have any electrical appliances you use fully safety tested and carrying a valid certificate (sticker) and this we can and do insist on (our insurance requires it).