Official statistics published by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) today confirmed that last years Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM 08) attracted 9,034 visitors. This was 1,000 more visitors than RWM 07 and represents the fifth year-on-year increase for the Emap Connect show. When exhibitors, press and seminar speakers are taken into account, the total attendance was 11,884.
Also, a survey of exhibitors carried out by the organisers found that 93 per cent of RWM 08 exhibitors rated visitors as good or excellent and 77 per cent agreed that visitors matched their customer profile (with only 2 per cent disagreeing). Within one week of the show a third of RWM 08 exhibitors had taken orders and reported an immediate return on investment.
Event manager Gerry Sherwood said: We know that RWM was a great success from the buzz on the show floor and feedback from our exhibitors. But an ABC certificate provides us with that concrete proof. In the current economic climate, we are all more accountable than ever before. Businesses and organisations will only choose to exhibit at trusted shows with a proven track record. RWM is the largest ABC-audited event in the industry calendar and we have a responsibility to consistently deliver serious buyers and prospects for our growing exhibitor base.
Hundreds of companies have already signed up to exhibit at RWM 09 which will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 15 to 17 September, and over 75% of stand space is now sold out.