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RetailEXPO 1-2 May 2019

Olympia London United Kingdom

RetailEXPO connects you with all the possibilities of the new retail era. Running at Olympia, London from 1+2 May 2019, it’s your chance to discover how you can break new boundaries, move with the changes and create customer experienc- es beyond current imagining. For the first time, RetailEXPO unites the UKs three leading retail shows — Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE), Retail Design Expo (RDE) and Retail Digital Signage Expo (RDSE) — to give you one incredible, multi-dimensional experience.

Combining three success stories into one is our response to indepth research with the industry. The stand-out insight from our research with 150+ leading retailers and brands is that customers need and expect a joined-up experience — tech, design and digital signage are all part of the same big idea. So welcome to the big one — RetailEXPO. Now you can get one ticket to cover the show, conference and networking right across tech, design and digital signage.

PLASA Focus Leeds 14-15 May 2019

Royal Armouries Museum Leeds UK

With the show floor selling out, 120 brands – representing each sector of the industry – will span across two halls. Many of which will use the show as a UK launch pad for new products, fresh from debuts at the international shows. Visi- tors can expect to see lighting giants such as Elation, Robe and Philips alongside audio masters such as d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Shure. Additionally, there will be plenty of rigging, staging and production specialists with Area Four Industries, Gerriets, Hawthorn and J&C Joel. The wide range of exhibitors guarantees the show’s appeal to professionals work- ing across live events, concert touring, production, performing arts and installa- tion. Furthermore, the show welcomes several new exhibitors for 2019 including Wharfdale Pro Audio, known for their powerful loudspeakers and Cambridge Sound Management from the USA, offering bespoke sound masking solutions.

European Sign Expo 2019 14–17 May 2019

Messe Munchen, Munich, Germany

The European Sign Expo 2019 is Europe’s largest exhibition for non-printed sig- nage and visual communications. Over 4 days visitors will have the opportunity to experience the latest products and innovations on display from over 100 exhibi- tors. European Sign Expo 2018 is conveniently co-located with FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 - Europe’s largest exhibition for screen and digital wide format print, textile printing and signage. Over 4 days visitors will have the opportunity to ex- perience the latest products and innovations on display from over 700 exhibitors.

UC Expo 15-16 May 2019

Excel London United Kingdom Who is UC EXPO for? You! If you’re in UC or a customer contact centre superstar. We’ve built a reputation as Europe’s largest event for unified communications and new for 2019 we have added Customer Contact X, to deliver you even more value. But now we want you to tell your colleagues working across cloud, network, AI, security, and customer contact projects who are collaborating across all of these departments that UC EXPO is definitely for them too!

If you go to one event this year make it UC EXPO – it really does have something for everyone!

Plug-In to Exertis 16 May 2019 Silverstone Circuit Towcester

Northamptonshire NN12 8TN Last year, Plug In To Exertis, welcomed a record number of 1,100 attendees with almost 700 resellers and retailers in attendance and 116 vendors exhibiting. Resellers and retailers can register at where information on the event is being regularly updated.

Exertis Plug update:

Christian Horner named as guest speaker Christian

Horner OBE, Team

Principal at Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Ex- ertis Plugin, to be held at the Silverstone

Circuit on transformation and its place 16th

May. Horner led the team to four consecutive constructors’ and drivers’ titles between 2010 and 2013.

Paul Bryan, Exertis UK&I, Managing Director said, “I am delighted

that Christian has

agreed to take time out in his busy Formula One schedule to be our guest speaker. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in motor sport and has been Team Principal at Red Bull Rac-

in resellers’ plans for growth in 2019, as well as sessions from market leading vendors, Microsoft, Dell and Samsung. The importance of services in the channel will be in evidence with three seminars focused on Exertis’ offerings that span re- tail to enterprise, adding value to customer propositions. In addition, security vendor ESET will tell attendees “How to hack a police station,” and VR cre- ative agency, Rewind will host a seminar on “Bringing VR to the B2B world” which will also be a highlight of an agenda packed day.

Stormzy audio engineer guests at PLASA Focus Leeds

PLASA Focus Leeds, taking place from 14- 15 May, has announced further additions to the programme which will see seasoned ex- perts from the forefront of the entertainment technology industry share creative insights and technical intellect across a range of topics.

In preparation for Stormzy’s upcoming headline appearance at Glastonbury Fes- tival, and in association with Soundcraft, front-of-house


a chance for our customers to add complementary products and solutions that can provide more profit for their business. Whether they’re a retailer or a reseller, there’s plenty on offer to ensure a great return on their

engineer Raphael

Williams will explain how he will achieve the perfect sound for grime’s leading star. Hav- ing worked previously with Tinie Tempah, Williams will also give a comprehensive overview of his approach to audio mixing. For lighting professionals who have been following the Ecodesign proposals, ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette will de- liver a seminar unpacking the complex EU legislation. By explaining what’s happened so far and what the forecast looks like, this seminar will prove unmissable for all those who deliver lighting for stage and studio. An introduction to National Event Lifting Training (NELT) will be presented by PLA- SA during the show in preparation for its launch in Autumn. The course has been carefully crafted for the needs of those who use lifting equipment or employ those who do. All production professionals who are involved in the delivery of technical produc- tion services are invited to attend to find out more.

ing since 2005. Under his ten- ure, the team has secured 59 wins and 60 pole positions. I am certain he will provide great insight into what it takes to manage a successful team in a high profile, sport and business that uses the latest technology to gain a competitive edge.” Plug-In To Exertis will feature four dedicated exhibition areas focused on business, AV, enter- prise and consumer solutions, a seminar programme and a host of show-floor features. These are designed to inform, edu- cate and provide opportunities for customers to increase their sales into existing clients or start conversations with pro- spective ones. The

seminar programme in-

cludes a variety of interest- ing topics - industry analysts GfK on the revolution in re- tail, and CONTEXT on digital

In the consumer area, show floor features include a gaming zone complete with ambient in- game lighting, a premium audio zone and a fully fitted Smart Tech house. The business sec- tor will include the latest in computing, print, mobile and components. The AV area will showcase the additional ven- dors and solutions following the Stampede integration including digital signage and video wall control to audio, collaboration and emerging technologies like drones. Finally, the enterprise area will highlight solutions ranging from server, storage, networking and HCI to security, wireless, UC, software and the cloud.

“There are plenty of reasons to visit every dedicated area at Plug-In To Exertis. We pro- vide the widest range of tech- nology in the industry and it’s

Christian Horner OBE, Team Principal at Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Ex- ertis Plug-in

investment in spending the day with Exertis,” added Bryan. Last year, Plug-In To Exertis, welcomed a record number of 1,100 attendees with almost 700 resellers and retailers in attendance and 116 vendors exhibiting.

Health & Safety consultant Tom Goode will deliver a session all about Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. This deep dive into CDM will address how the regulations apply to various roles across the entertainment industry and will aim to answer any questions you may have. As part of a series on mental health, PLA- SA will chair a panel of industry leaders to discuss recent outcomes of their respective mental health programmes, how they each plan to support employees and students going forward, and how individuals and companies can play their part in this im- portant issue.

Previously announced seminars include the record-breaking audio installation at the Royal Albert Hall, wireless audio in a post- 700MHz world, Dante certification, and the latest IET Wiring Regulations and Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment. Furthermore, the Rigger’s Forum recently announced they will be discussing the hot topic of training personnel and meeting reg- ulatory requirements on site – anyone with a stake in the sector is encouraged to join in. Running throughout the show in specially controlled environments, visitors can enjoy live audio demonstrations from leading manufacturer KV2 Audio. This is the perfect way to sample the latest products making waves across the West End, Broadway and touring theatre.

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