Exhibitors and visitors alike have paid tribute to organisers of The Print Show after the first edition of the nationally-focussed event attracted 5,384 visitors in just three days.
The Print Show took place for the first time from October 13th to 15th at the NEC in Birmingham. Designed to address a major gap in the UK print market, the three-day exhibition attracted more than 130 exhibitors.
At the end of the third day, organisers revealed a final visitor count of 5,384, excluding exhibitors and daily revisits. While day one and day three both witnessed a steady flow of visitors through the doors, it was the traditional busy middle day that attracted the most interest, with 2,814 in attendance.
Reflecting on the inaugural show, event manager Chris Davies declared himself not only “pleasantly staggered” with the final visitors figures, but also “genuinely proud” of what his team had been able to achieve in just over twelve months.
“It’s no secret that some members of the industry didn’t think that the event would work. But if we look at visitor numbers and the type of exhibitors we were able to attract to the event, it’s clear that we’ve hit the nail right on the head with The Print Show,” Davies said.
“We wanted our event to be a true mirror of the UK’s commercial print industry supply chain. Looking back at the floorplan and the types of companies we had in attendance, both as exhibitors and visitors, I think that’s just what we did.”
Davies concludes: “Having spoken to both exhibitors and visitors throughout the show, the amount of positive feedback we got was really encouraging. It sets us up nicely for next year, and we’ve already had companies that didn’t exhibit this year already declare an interest in coming along to the show next year.”
Organisers have also confirmed a number of companies that exhibited this year have already signed up to appear at The Print Show 2016, which will remain at the NEC and run from October 11th to 13th next year.