So – how was it for you? On the whole, I thought RWM with CIWM 2013 did what it said on the tin, and did it pretty well.
However, the editor of a trade journal such as ours is far from being a typical visitor making a typical judgment. We chair panels, thereby reducing the opportunity to sit back and listen to others. We wait poised at our stand to meet our readers, reducing the opportunity to browse other parts of the huge halls. We support commercial colleagues trying to do what most other visitors are doing and “do business”. Time certainly flies at RWM.
The MRW news team covered plenty of ground to report the top speeches, announcements and, in some cases, quirkier moments (think Brazilian dancers) and you can read their efforts in this week’s issue of MRW as well as on our website. In our next issue we will be taking a more considered look at the products, announcements and people that make RWM what it is.
It was perhaps in the area of news that I found 2013 less satisfying than 2012. Others may judge it differently but there seemed to be fewer meatier news happenings - indeed one of the main speakers, Defra’s Colin Church, was at pains to emphasise during his presentation that the department’s upcoming Waste Prevention plan would not be as meaty as some were expecting.
But deals were certainly being done and even on the quietest day, Thursday, visitors told me they enjoyed the opportunity to get around stands more quickly and perhaps spend more time with exhibitors.
One thing is for sure. Next year’s show will be very different with the event being moved lock, stock and barrel to other halls at the NEC (much closer to the railway station). It’s also being held a week later: from 16-18 September. See you there!