Venue

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Venue: The Thistle Hotel London Heathrow

The Thistle is situated minutes from London Heathrow Airport, making it a perfect base for stopovers or for travelling to and from London. The hotel is also close to Windsor Castle and Royal Park, Twickenham International Rugby, Legoland and Chessington World of Adventures. The hotel is lavishly designed and decorated with Oriental artefacts, specially commissioned artwork and designer furniture. This is the perfect airport hotel for both business and leisure stays. As one of Europe’s largest conference centres, the Thistle  is ideal for any type of event from exhibitions, press conferences to weddings.

London; financial and design hub of the world, home of all Big Brand design houses, is the sixth richest city in the world. Total UK household consumption on clothing and footwear is € 59 billion. The UK fashion and textiles sectors as a whole employ an estimated 600 thousand people, making the United Kingdom the third-largest fashion employer in the EU. In 2012 there were 287,100 retail outlets in the UK. In December 2013, the amount spent in the retail industry increased by 6.1% compared with December 2012 and by 2.6% compared with November 2013. Non-seasonally adjusted data show that the average weekly spend in the retail industry in December 2013 was £8.8 billion compared with £8.5 billion in December 2012 and £7.5 billion in November 2013.
The City is a major business and financial centre. It continues to be a major meeting point for businesses. London came top in the Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index, many major global companies have their headquarters in the City. Retail businesses have gradually moved to the West End of London, with over 300 designer outlets in just Oxford Street alone.

Few facts about London:

The value of internet retail sales in 2012 was £29 billion, accounting for around 9% of total retail sales.
 The Internet sales, which are seasonally adjusted for the first time in this release, increased by 11.8% in December 2013 compared with December 2012 and by 1.8% compared with November 2013.

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