Organizers of Link2001, a show for the imaging industry, have cancelled this year's event, which was to be held April 8-10 at Islington's Design Centre.

Apple was due to exhibit at the event, which organizers Market Link Publishing claimed pulled together "all threads of professionals, including imaging, design, and pre-press markets".

Reasons for the cancellation range from travel restrictions to the "current volatile global economy" that has lead companies "to reassess the importance of exhibitions such as these".

Charles Wood, from exhibitor Phase One, said last year's event was "an excellent show". He added: "What impressed me was how well targeted the audience was - the quality of the visitors was excellent.

"People came to see us who either knew what they wanted to see, or who knew they were in the right place to learn. We are well known in the photographic trade, so it was important to us to see a wide range of professionals who were looking for specific skill sets in different disciplines."

Warren Parkinson, Market Link Publishing's Director, confirmed that - subject to favourable conditions - Link2002 will still go ahead. He said: "The decision to cancel Link20001 was not an easy one, however in order to maintain the integrity of the event, and in fairness to those companies which have supported it throughout, as well as the many registered visitors, we felt it was the right step to take."