Organisers of the 2014 RWM with CIWM exhibition have hailed the move to the event’s new location a success after a record number of rebookings.
The event was attended by more than 13,000 visitors over three days, and 66% of exhibitors re-booked for next year’s event before the show closed, an increase of 30%on last year and an event record.
The resource management show took place this year at halls 4 and 5 of the NEC in Birmingham from 16-18 September. Last year the event was hosted in three smaller halls. Organisers i2i Events Group said this year’s show brought many positive reactions from exhibitors and visitors.
RWM in partnership with CIWM 2014 had more than 600 exhibitors and included a Circular Economy Connect Zone and Theatre, and speakers including Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and former Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose.
Russell Bacon, portfolio director for the environment at i2i Events Group, said: “The move to halls 4 and 5 also enabled us to grow the machinery, handling and logistics aspects of the show, the sheer size of the machines displayed inside was breathtaking. Key exhibitors such as Blue Group were able to move indoors, and reported their best show ever, as did Vehicle Weighing Solutions.”
Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM, said that the new central location in Halls 4 and 5 working extremely well.
“As well as giving the event a fresh feel, the new layout made for easier navigation for visitors and a better sense of the sheer size and breadth of the offering,” he said.
Next year’s event will return to halls 4 and 5 at the NEC from 15-17 September 2015.