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Exhibition News January 2015
January 2015



Following the cancellation of the East of England Show in May, Peterborough Arena is preparing to offer a new hybrid of events and exhibitions, writes Annie Byrne.

When one thinks of Peterborough Arena, its historical context of the East of England showground and its vast array of agricultural events come to mind.



Steve Barratt has returned to the contractors market following his stint on gardening leave from SO Group. He talks to EN on his plans to offer an alternative to the big US-led contractors now operating in the UK market.

You don’t have to read too deeply into the title of Steve Barratt’s new firm to see his feelings on his personal journey across the exhibition industry.



Richard Dove of Showplans won the Best Client Support Provider Award for the first time this year, and tells EN how his team takes floor plans to another level.

From the outset, Richard Dove confesses to EN that he hadn’t heard of the exhibitions industry when he started in the business. He admits to falling into the industry almost 14 years ago, when a friend - manager of a CAD department working on exhibition floor plans – needed a trainee junior CAD floor designer to trial out.



Putting on a show can be a challenging prospect, but having to battle with the unpredictable British weather is a problem that show organisers this summer are tackling head on, Joe Davis reports.

Hosting a successful show at any time of the year is a hard game, but outdoor summer shows can make for an even tougher challenge.



The NEC is making efforts to show that it is much more than just a landmark exhibition space, writes Scott Birch.

When you are the National Exhibition Centre, people naturally have certain perceptions. Not least of these is that you are a space that specialises in exhibitions, and on a scale befitting national status. This has natural positives, as well as negatives, when trying to attract new business to the venue.



Richard Pegler has worked across the entire spectrum of the exhibition industry. Domenic Donatantonio meets him as he takes on the rebranding and revitalisation of a major contractor.

It wasn’t an idle boast when Richard Pegler said that he is in an elite group. Few have managed to work in the venue, supplier and organiser sides of the exhibition business, a notable accolade in his career history.

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