When the Facilities Show’s announcement to move to London was met with a mixed industry response, the decision to move such as successful event was questioned. However today, the event organisers say the exhibitor bookings thus far, back up their decision to move down south.
2014 marks a new chapter for Facilities Show as it takes residence in its new home in London. The show, now in its 15th year, said a fond farewell to Birmingham’s NEC in 2013. A key reason for the decision to move was access to the capital’s business opportunities, which includes international visitors.
According to the organisers UBM Live, Facilities Show 2014 is recording significant growth with stand space sales up by an impressive 38%, with over 160 exhibitors already confirmed. The London event, in association with BIFM, is expecting to receive record visitor numbers between June 17-19.
Facilities management service providers exhibiting in June include: MITIE Group, CBRE Norland, PHS Group, Vinci and SGP. In addition to these, many leading names such as Avery UK, Bybox Field Support, Dyson, Panasonic, Mitsubishi Electric, Kingspan Environmental, Helistrat Management, Miko Coffee, Office Depot, Trade Point, Stannah Lifts, Screwfix and Euroworkspace will all be participating at London ExCeL.
Fergus Bird, Group Event Manager, UBM Live, said:
“It is a very competitive space, facilities management, and with the level of attendees at Facilities Show, it is the prime spot to meet buyers.’’
With the economy in a better state than it has been in years, companies are expecting big results from the show, and we’ll have 400 exhibitors with us this year.”
In addition to the exhibition showcasing innovation and product launches, there are numerous features and extensive networking opportunities available including: the BIFM Networking Hub, the Innovation Trail, the Facilities Academy, Speakers Corner, Dragons Den, and the Networking Bar.
As with previous years, the Facilities Show will offer a plethora of conference quality education sessions that will incorporate seminars, workshops, industry debates and panel sessions along with a whole theatre dedicated to CPD accredited content. The programme is set to be announced in early March.
The show will be co-located with IFSEC, FIREX, Energy & Environment Expo, Service Management Expo and the Safety & Health Expo, IOSH 2014 Conference and 2014 RoSPA awards. In total, the shows, which make up the ‘Protection & Management Series’, are expecting 45,000 visitors over the 3 days in June.