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Tim Barford - some changes at VegfestUK

Tim Barford - some changes at VegfestUK

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Today is July 1st 2015, and it’s 12 years since we started work on our first show, and two years ago that VegfestUK became a Limited Company. In that time we have grown massively, and especially in the last two years with the addition of a show at London and now in Scotland, as well as our Bristol and Brighton shows.


Photo Credits: Red Orbital


And today, there’s several significant changes within the VegfestUK structure to tell you about.


From today, I am no longer a volunteer. From today, I start drawing an annual salary. Having volunteered since 2003, and having invested over £150,000 in the shows, mainly to keep them afloat, and having never drawn a wage, that has now changed and I am now a paid employee of VegfestUK Ltd.



From today, VegfestUK is no longer a not for profit company. VegfestUK has never sought to make a profit, and never has. This has changed and from now on we are a profit seeking venture. We aim to invest any profits into effective vegan education.


There are a few reasons behind these changes which I am not about to bore you with too much, except to say I feel that they are necessary to maintain the high level of achievement that our shows have reached on a number of levels. The passing of my father earlier this year, and the birth of my first Grandson a month ago, has sharpened my focus on my own needs and my own mortality. There is so much I wish to achieve still.


Photo Credits: Red Orbital


So does this mean prices are increased for 2016 at Vegfest? Most certainly, yes....but we will NOT be raising prices for charities and campaigners – they are ‘ring-fenced’ as they say, and indeed we have plans to give our Campaigners and Charities a higher profile at our events, at no extra cost to them. Increased costs (and there are many, including a 55% rise in costs for our Brighton venue) will be spread evenly between traders and visitors. More about this in a future blog, but be reassured they will not be huge increases anywhere, and our BOGOF’s will remain in place for advance tickets, ensuring that admission will always be very affordable at Vegfest. There is no wish to make money a barrier to anyone, either trader or visitor.


In a few days, there will be a further announcement about price increases and some of the reasons behind them in more depth.



We have been going since 2003 and we aim to continue until we are no longer required. Perhaps one day vegan will be the norm. Until then we will fight hard for total liberation and a vegan planet.


VegfestUK has an exciting 5 year plan that includes the continuation of our 4 shows in Bristol, Brighton, London and Glasgow, as well as extended support for all the UK vegan events, as well as free space and promotion for a number of vegan outreach groups, and the continued development of our vegan news site right here. We have a vision – blog to follow shortly.


Meanwhile, big big thanks to everyone who has helped us over the years.


xx Tim and Vegfest team


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