With Christmas around the corner, the Diversified UK team truly deserve to put their feet up after another five successful autumn shows and the launch of the new Capturing Reality forum in Austria. With camexpo 2015 enjoying its most successful edition to date and Natural Products Scandinavia/Nordic Organic Food Fair experiencing a 10% rise in attendees – there’s plenty to feel proud of.
The full post-show reviews can all be viewed at www.divcom.co.uk/category/press-centre, but here’s a roundup, and a few images from lunch!, camexpo, Coach & Bus Live, office*, Natural Products Scandinavia/Nordic Organic Food Fair and Capturing Reality forum to give you an idea of what we’ve been up to:
The 2015 show, which took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 24-25 September, featured an unprecedented 350 exhibiting companies (up 25% for 2015) showcasing an eclectic mix of food, drink, packaging, catering equipment and technology.
As in previous years, queues of enthusiastic visitors marked the start of the show. By the time doors closed, it had welcomed over 6,000 attendees, including key buyers and decision makers from many of the UK’s biggest food-to-go operators, food retailers, contract and travel caterers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, attractions, plus thousands of independent and multiple cafés, coffee houses, tea rooms, and sandwich shops.
The two day event, which took place at Olympia Central on 26-27 September, featured 200 leading exhibitors from across the natural and complementary health industry. Hailed as its best edition yet, the UK’s leading complementary health show welcomed 4,514 attendees – enjoying a 7% increase in attendees for 2015.
“Based on the reaction from our industry, camexpo 2015 was one of our best editions to date. There was a real sense of business being done throughout the two days. From sole practitioners to CAM clinics and some big name distributors – they were there spending money up and down the aisles – and putting in more big orders than we’ve seen for years at the show. Which I’m happy to say, didn’t go unnoticed by our exhibitors,” says event director Zoe Campbell.
Firmly established as the essential domestic showcase for the UK’s coach, bus, mini/midi vehicle and passenger transport technology sectors, the halls (both inside and out) of Coach and Bus Live featured 219 exhibitors, a packed programme of master classes and workshops, and a ‘live’ Skills Test area (supported by Mercedes-Benz).
Over two days (30 September-1 October), the show welcomed 6,081 industry professionals (6% increase for 2015) – including senior executives from the major bus groups, coach operators, drivers, suppliers, local authority and community transport providers from across the UK.
London’s Olympia was at the epicentre of all things office*, with the award-winning event for executive office support professionals welcoming over four thousand attendees through its doors on 13-14 October.
Boasting a fresh new look for 2015, office* provided the perfect backdrop for the nation’s PAs, EAs, VAs, and office managers to network and share best practices, top up on vital training, research new products and services from 150 exhibitors, and get inspired by over 50 expert speakers, including standing-room only Keynotes by Zelda La Grange, former PA to Nelson Mandela, and Judith Croasdell, former PA to Professor Stephen Hawking.
Natural Products Scandinavia/Nordic Organic Food Fair 2015
MalmöMässan, in Sweden, was buzzing with activity over 1-2 November, as nearly 4,000 attendees packed the aisles of Nordic Organic Food Fair and Natural Products Scandinavia – the Nordic region’s biggest trade shows for natural and organic food and drink, health, beauty, eco-living and self-care products.
The co-located events featured 345 exhibitors and welcomed 3,930 attendees from over 2,000 companies and 59 countries across both days (compared to 3,558 in 2014).
New for 2015, was the launch of the Nordic Organic Chef Competition, hosted by the Swedish organic chef association Föreningen Ekokockar (in association with KRAV Sweden and Menigo), on Monday 2 November. Sweden’s Fabian Olli Johansson, a chef at Lilla Bjers in Gotland was crowned best Nordic Organic Chef 2015 at the show.
The first Capturing Reality forum combined the best of SPAR Europe and the European LiDAR Mapping Forum to create one unique event, offering fast-paced, informative and rewarding conference programme, supporting exhibition with key decision makers, extensive hands-on technical workshop programme and a popular opening night cocktail reception.
The small but vibrant event attracted 400 delegates and 40 exhibiting companies presenting the latest concepts and industry advances in capturing reality by utilising 3D imaging, laser scanning and LiDAR technologies.