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“Having several ‘theatres’ in the main exhibition hall for visitors to attend is always a winner. It leads to a constant flow of visitors around the hall passing exhibitor’s stands, compared with other exhibitions, where visitors are corralled away from exhibitors. When costs to exhibit are added up we need to be sure that we are getting visitor access for as long as possible and The Care Show manages to achieve this.

“Having exhibited for many years at The Care Show, it is now a clear winner in terms of bringing the right mix of visitors from a wider geographic area and Courtney Thorne getting a decent return on our investment. We are looking forward to 2019,” he adds.

The Gainsborough stand was also busy throughout the show with professional visitors keen to understand more about its complete bathing management solutions, according to Peter Eckhardt, CEO, Gainsborough Healthcare Group. “Our showcase at The Care Show successfully delivered the message that we are a highly established manufacturer and proud bathing solution specialist – 100 per cent focused on the needs of our clients and their bathers,” he says. “Day one of the show was brilliant and we had a steady stream of visitors to our stand,” agrees Eda Brooks, Access 21 Interiors. “Day two was much quieter, but overall the two days gave us an opportunity to meet with potential new clients, some of our existing clients and other stand holders who we could network with,” she continues. “A good atmosphere over the period, including the party at the end of day one, made it an enjoyable and productive two days,” she adds. “We had a good event, which enabled us to meet up with both existing customers and potential customers,” echoes Steve Ibbs, Alarm Radio Monitoring. “We arranged some surveys and meetings with potential customers during the show and came away with some

to talk about their key challenges and how we can help, including leadership and management, recruitment and retention and workforce development,” says Jenna Wood.

promising leads to follow up on,” he adds. Jo Emmerson, marketing manager at Girbau UK, says: “The Care Show proved to be one of the busiest yet for Girbau. Visitors were looking for laundry equipment, which is more energy efficient, as well as being easy to use and of course effective at disinfection. “We also had strong interest in our free laundry review service, which includes an audit of your existing laundry operation to see if it can be run more efficiently, while also checking for full CQC compliance for infection control,” she adds. The Care Show was also a positive experience for Skills for Care. “It enabled us to network with proprietors, registered managers and the social care workforce,

“Through this contact we’ve linked several attendees to their Skills for Care locality managers, so we can continue to support them. We also showcased our latest ‘State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England’ report, which shares key data and statistics about the sector,” she adds.

The NAPA stand enjoyed a steady flow

of visitors. “There is an increasing interest in activity provision within the care sector, with many visitors interested in both quality activity training and support for their activity services and as a Skills for Care endorsed training provider, this is exactly what NAPA can offer. “The Care Show offers NAPA the opportunity to reach a very wide audience of home owners, managers and activity providers,” she adds. Finally, Arjo also reported a successful show, although a representative from the company said they were disappointed that it was not offered the same exhibition space that it had last year. Overall, exhibitors were happy with the event, although a number of companies commented on limited access to parking, the cost of parking in general and the cost of additional parking for which exhibitors were not offered a discount.

The Care Show 2019

The Care Show will return to the NEC Birmingham from 9-10 October 2019. To find out more, go to

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