LONDON, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
***Following an outstanding event in May 2013, the show looks forward to 2014 with even more exciting plans to grow and evolve***
Following another hugely successful year, Facilities Show will celebrate its 15th anniversary by relocating from the NEC Birmingham to ExCeL London in June 2014.
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Facilities Show 2013 took place from 14 to 16 May and was a roaring success, welcoming 15,830 attendees (subject to ABC audit) through its doors, an increase of 17.25 percent on 2012, and a fifth consecutive year of double digit attendee growth. Reflecting this success, a 3 percent visitor increase was also seen across the whole of Protection and Management Week, including Safety & Health Expo, IFSEC International & FIREX International.
Over the past 14 years, Facilities Show has truly cemented its reputation as the world's largest dedicated facilities management event. There is no other comparable exhibition dedicated to uniting FM professionals from all sectors and geographies with suppliers, advisers and specialists offering the very latest in innovation and education. Alongside a huge increase in the number of attendees, the 2013 event also attracted more senior managers than ever with a 7 per cent increase in those occupying a senior management or board level position and a 9 per cent increase in those with a budget responsibility of over £10,000,000.
A move to London's ExCeL enables Facilities Show to continue to deliver a world-class event in a world-class venue whilst providing the perfect opportunity to introduce a range of exciting new attractions in 2014 which will be announced over the coming months.
As part of the move, Facilities Show will also continue to work with the leading associations, stakeholders and partners within the FM sector including the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Facilities Management Association (FMA).
Speaking about the 2014 event, Gareth Tancred, Chief Executive Officer, BIFM, commented: "BIFM is delighted to continue to work in partnership with UBM Live to deliver Facilities Show in 2014 and beyond and we wholeheartedly support the move to London ExCeL. Facilities Show is a major industry event and a move to London seems the natural progression for the show at a time the industry itself has seen rapid growth and diversification. As the role and significance of FM continues to grow it is important that we can raise the profile of our sector on a global scale, moving the show from Birmingham to London will help us to achieve this."
Chris Hoar, Chief Executive of the FMA, added: "The Facilities Management Association (FMA) fully supports the move to London in 2014 for Facilities Show. FM plays a vital function in offices, retail centres, industrial buildings, schools and hospitals across the world, it is important that the practitioners, suppliers and services supporting this industry are recognised and supported. Facilities Show does a great job of bringing this dynamic industry together each year and a London location for this core event is a positive step in helping the industry to reach key decision-makers, business leaders and end-users not just in the UK but internationally."
Exhibitors have shown equal enthusiasm for the 2014 show with many leading companies already signed-up to exhibit including show partner MITIE alongside PHS Group, Planon Software, Shred Station, De-ice Gritting, LTT Vending Group, Screwfix Direct, Euroworkspace, The PURE Water Company, e-bims and Easy Innovations.
"De-ice has exhibited at the Facilities Show in 2012 and 2013 with the purpose of promoting our gritting and snow clearance contracts to FM decision makers. In our experience the show delivers on many levels and the UBM staff work tirelessly to successfully put on this 'must attend' event. As an exhibitor we have found the quality of the attendees to be excellent and we win new business through contacts made here. We are able to meet with current clients and network with our own service providers and industry professionals. We look forward to exhibiting in June 2014 at ExCel and are confident that UBM will go all out to produce another successful event," commented Victoria Lopez, Director of De-ice Gritting and Snow Clearance.
Richard Davey, e-bims Manager, added: "E-bims has been exhibiting at the Facilities Show in Birmingham for the past 3 years. Each year we have seen the show expand in size and grow in popularity. The Facilities Show has been key in the progression and development for e-bims attracting new clients from around the UK. We now feel that it is an ideal time for e-bims and the Facilities Show to move to London ExCel as we believe this will give us good opportunities to meet new clients from London and potentially from the global market. The e-bims team is very much looking forward to the Facilities Show 2014."
John Telling, Group Corporate Affairs Director at MITIE Group PLC and partners of the show, enthused, "We were very pleased with the 2013 Facilities Show and were impressed with the scale of the event.... It was the first time we had been there for many years and we are looking forward to being a part of it again next year when the show moves to London."
Echoing these sentiments, Jon Stannah, Joint MD from Stannah Lift Services, said; "2013 was our second time at Facilities Show and it didn't disappoint. We came away having met some fabulous people, had an opportunity to talk to potential business partners in a lively but relaxed setting, took away loads of valuable contacts and enjoyed the ambiance of the whole event. We are now fully fledged members of the FMA, have a stand booked for 2014 and we're looking to expanding our exhibition activity at ExCeL."
"PHS Group plc is the UK's leading provider of workplace services, so Facilities Show, for us, is a great opportunity to initiate and build relationships with key contacts within the facilities management industry. It really is a "must-attend" annual event on the calendar of most FM professionals and service providers," added Lynda Francis, Group Communications Manager at PHS Group plc.
Fergus Bird, Group Event Manager, UBM Live, said: "We have had an amazing final show at Birmingham's NEC and we are delighted to be taking Facilities Show to its new home with so many of the industry already fully onboard. Next year Facilities Show will celebrate its 15th year and we look forward to growing the show and continuing to support this vibrant industry. The move will allow us to take the show to its next level where we can provide a greater experience for our exhibitors, visitors and delegates, catering for both the UK and global FM agenda. We have big plans for the event and will be investing once again to ensure we bring the facilities management sector the most comprehensive, forward thinking and industry driven show to date."
Facilities Show 2014 will take place from June 17-19 and will once again run alongside Safety & Health Expo, IFSEC International, Firex International and the recently announced Environment & Energy Expo, all forming part of UBM Live's Protection and Management Series. To find out more information and to register your interest in attending Facilities Show 2014 please visit http://www.facilitiesshow.com
About UBM Live:
UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.
About Protection & Management Series:
The Protection & Management Series unites business professionals across the fields of security, fire, safety, facilities, energy and environment at IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show and Energy & Environment Expo. In 2014 the series will take place at London ExCeL from June 17-19.
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