LONDON, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
The Resource event, held last week at ExCeL London, has further strengthened its position as Europe's leading circular economy event, coupling a significant expansion in exhibitors and extended conference programme with increased visitor numbers.
The Resource event, which is now in its second year, reflected the increased interest and appetite for developing circular business models by bringing together key decision makers from across industry sectors including design, manufacturing, retail and resource recovery for three full days of practical discussion, debate and networking.
Visitors, whose numbers were also up from the inaugural event in 2014, enjoyed an expanded conference programme which this year saw the addition of the case study focused #LivingCircular Theatre, powered by Veolia, alongside the #ThinkCircular Theatre sponsored by Helistrat and SITA UK. Visitors to both theatres had the opportunity to hear from some of the pioneers of the circular economy including Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, Scientific Director, EPEA and Walter Stahel, Founder-Director, Product Life Institute and share in the practical experiences of circular innovators including Unilever, M&S, Sainsbury's and IKEA.
Demonstrating the practical nature of the event, two workshop areas hosted 26 interactive sessions providing practical and tangible advice and innovation to organisations looking to embrace the Circular economy. The workshop programme featured interactive sessions and competitions run by a diverse range of organisations including Ricardo AEA, Innovate UK, Circle Economy and Tetronics as well as the Veolia Innovation Den and the Marks & Spencer Challenge.
Chief Executive Officer of SITA UK, David Palmer-Jones said: "At SITA UK, we are very happy to have supported Resource for a second year and the event was a big success once again. It's inspiring and heartening to meet so many like-minded individuals who are working, in various ways, to make the circular economy a reality and I enjoyed participating in a number of interesting debates and conversations.
Our workshop session, which explored the practical implementation of circular-economy systems, was very well attended and it was great to see a broad cross-section of organisations participating, not least because achieving a circular economy requires action from all of us, not just those involved in recycling and waste management. Bringing together those from the various sectors involved in this process is what Resource does best."
Commenting on the 2015 event, Event Director Stephen Gee said:"The growth of the event and quality of attendees we have seen in Resource event this year has undoubtedly established it as the leading European event for the circular economy. Feedback from our visitors and exhibitors tells us that the event is truly unique in bringing together many sectors of industry and has become a key platform for organisations looking to embrace resource efficiency and the circular economy. We are excited to be extending our program of work in 2016 to continue to connect organisations at the highest level on this agenda. "
For further information about Resource please visit the web site at http://www.resource-event.com
SOURCE UBM EMEA