Scott Birch heads to the Three Counties Showground to check out the venue's exhibition credentials.
For those of you who are not particularly strong at geography, there is probably little point mentioning that the three shires that join forces at Malvern are Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester. Like Telford, which is not a million miles away, it’s fair to say there is an element of discovery involved in arriving in this pretty part of England. Driving from London, the familiar M40 soon gives way to the A40 skirting past Oxford. And then you keep going. And going.
The Build Show at The NEC marks the return of an exhibition to serve a key UK industry. Scott Birch spoke to the organisers to discover how they aim to win over their audience.
They say you can judge the strength and health of an economy by sales of cars and houses. In 2013, new car sales in the UK were at their highest since 2007, while the construction industry registered eight straight months of serious growth heading into 2014.
Scott Birch visited Insomnia50 – the Glastonbury of gaming – and found a vibrant event serving a passionate community.
Here is a fascinating social dynamic. How does an isolated community – by its nature virtual and unreal – interact when it gets face to face? That’s what took me to Telford, to catch up with the gaming show Insomnia and organisers Multiplay.
We look at how four venues are taking measures to go greener.
The UK events industry took a key role on sustainable management practices when it launched the British Standard 8901 in late 2007. Prompted by the London Olympics and the Government’s push to be seen as environmental and cultural leaders, BS 8901 was designed to give organisers, venues and suppliers a means of delivering events more sustainably through management strategies, evaluation, reporting, communication and training.
CEVA Showfreight won EN’s Best Supplier to Exhibitors Award for the second year running in 2013. We caught up with the firm’s MD Sharon Robinson to see how she and the company have grown together.
There is no doubt that recent years have provided challenges to contractors across the events industry due to the financial downturn, but looking back over the last 12 months, exhibition logistics company CEVA Showfreight has a more optimistic view.