Pulse: Design Trade Show

Pendant light shades by David Bennett, MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martins, 2011
David Bennett Design Studio

David Bennett Design Studio, MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martins, 2011, www.davidgbennett.co.uk

Ceramic bowls by Emma Alington, BA (Honours) Ceramic Design.

Emma Alington, BA (Honours) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins, 2013, www.emmaalington.co.uk

Ceramic designer by Ann Mercer, BA (Honours) Ceramic Design

MercerMercer, Ann Mercer, BA (Honours) Ceramic Design, Central Sait Martins, 2013, www.mercermercer.com

Showcase and sell your work at Pulse

Pulse is an annual trade show for design-led gift and lifestyle products. Launchpad is the area within it for young, emerging talent.

UAL students and alumni can apply for a highly discounted opportunity to showcase and sell their work on a UAL branded group stand, in the Launchpad area of Pulse, 14-16 May 2017.

Careers and Employability and Clarion Events offer this opportunity exclusively to UAL students and graduates to sell their work and expand their business contacts.
The show is open to trade only, and you'll be meeting and hopefully selling to major and independent retailers from all over Europe. You will not be selling stock directly from your space, but taking orders for products on display. 

The opportunity includes training and support for exhibitors in the lead up to the show.

Pulse is the only design-led London trade show during the summer season, with over 7,000 buyers in attendance.

This opportunity is open to all UAL students and alumni / graduates. Products exhibited can include:

  • interior accessories
  • soft furnishings
  • lighting
  • glass, ceramics, jewellery
  • fashion accessories
  • gifts
  • stationery
  • tabletop
  • greetings cards
  • frames, pictures, prints.

To apply

Read through, crieria and cost information below, and complete the online application form, providing information about your company and products, along with images. 

Application deadline: 10am, 20 February 2017


£65 (UAL students) / £160 (UAL graduates/alumni)

Costs cover: 

  • Space to exhibit your work
  • Stand design and build
  • Individual promotional material
  • Promotion and marketing, including press release
  • Training events & support
  • Public liability insurance

A space 3x1m space in Launchpad would usually cost around £900. 


  • You must be a University of the Arts London student or Alumni (from any graduating year)
  • You must be present for the duration of the show, including set up and break down
  • You can not have had your own stand at Pulse in the past  

Trade Show Professional Development Programme

As part of the preparation for Pulse exhibitors, Careers and Employability runs a programme of professional development sessions. Look out for these on our events listings page under Other Careers and Employability events. These will be announced early next year. 

About Pulse

Pulse London is an annual UK summer trade show that brings together design-led product launches, contemporary brands and the smartest retail knowledge.

Launchpad is a collection of 120 new and talented British designer-makers and recent design graduates launching commercial businesses.