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Manchester Cleaning Show 2018 - an outstanding success

Published 1st May, 2018 by Neil Nixon

Manchester Cleaning Show 2018 - an outstanding success

The second Manchester Cleaning Show recently took place at Event City, Manchester on 11 and 12 April 2018 - and was a phenomenal success. The event followed the same exhibition and free conference format as its parent Cleaning Show, held in London every two years, and was organised by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, publisher of C&M.

A total of 2411 attendees attended over two days - a 4.5 % increase on the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show in 2016. Visitors attended from 19 overseas countries including a delegation of from the Chinese Wuhan Cleaning Industry Association who were hosted by the CSSA. Visitors came from two sectors: specific cleaning professionals who made up 64% of the visitors - mainly contract cleaners (27%) and distributors (12%); and other professionals totalling 34% including 10% from the education sector, 7% from hospitals/healthcare and care homes and 9.5% from hospitality/leisure and retail.

Vanessa Van Santen-Smith, event director, said: “The feedback we have received from exhibitors and visitors has been remarkable and we‘re thrilled that the Manchester Cleaning Show is now established as a regular date in the calendar for cleaning, hygiene and FM professionals. It’s now full steam ahead as we look forward to the Cleaning Show in London in March 2019, where we will see a large number of major brands in the UK’s largest event which attracts a much larger interrnational audience.”

What attendees said about the Manchester Cleaning Show 2018:

“This year’s Manchester Cleaning Show was substantially busier than the first one we hosted in the North West two years ago. There was a really good turnout, and the quality of both the exhibitors and speakers was excellent. Overall it was a very good event and our decision to introduce a regional show in the north to alternate with London has been proven to be very successful.”
Stan Atkins, chairman, British Cleaning Council and CEO, BICSc.

“The Manchester Cleaning Show has once again provided us with an excellent platform to showcase our range of products and services - including Connected Cleaning - a new concept of networked cleaning that provides a comprehensive overview of machine fleet and manual cleaning activities. Over the two days, we have enjoyed welcoming existing customers to our stand as well as meeting new clients and discussing their cleaning challenges.”
Simon Keeping, managing director, UK and Ireland, Kärcher (UK) Ltd.

"Big is often not beautiful, and the Manchester Cleaning Show was just the right size to be interesting throughout, friendly and informative. The stands were vibrant and varied, providing an excellent range of products and services for everybody in the cleaning industry. I really enjoyed the show, and will certainly return."
Doug Cooke, chairman, CSSA.

“The Manchester Cleaning Show has been brilliant. We’ve had a lot of footfall that we didn’t expect, met lots of current customers and potential new customers, engaged with other suppliers - it’s been really exciting.”
Charlotte Parr, UK head of sales and marketing, Bunzl Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies.

“The Manchester Cleaning Show was vibrant. The feedback from our members was extremely positive - they had plenty of really productive meetings and were busy from beginning to end of the show. Importantly for our members, we met with contract cleaners and other buyers of cleaning and hygiene products. It was the perfect opportunity to explain the value of our Accreditation Schemes and encourage them to specify scheme membership in their tenders.”
David Garcia, vice president, Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association.

“Once again Manchester gave the whole of the cleaning sector a regional platform where new products could be showcased, new ideas could be discussed, and key issues could be debated. The networking opportunities were also fantastic, as not everyone can get down to the London show. Also our industry is now moving so quickly in terms of innovations, technology and fresh challenges, we need the Cleaning Show to be an annual event to keep up with what’s happening.”
Paul Thrupp, Federation of Window Cleaners and deputy chair of the BCC.

“The show has been incredibly busy. But it’s not just the volume, it’s the quality of the people we’ve been talking to that has exceeded expectations. As well as smaller companies and one-man bands, we’ve had national groups, the bigger boys as well, people with buying power.”
Phil Collumbine, sales director, Jangro Group.

"Statistics show that the cleaning industry is made up primarily of micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Engaging with these businesses is crucial to getting the health and safety message out there, and presenting a series of health and safety seminars at the Manchester Cleaning Show provided HSE with a perfect opportunity to do just that."
Tracy Hamilton, operational policy advisor, HSE.

“The first Manchester Cleaning Show was amazing, really busy, and we thought this year’s might have been a little bit down on that, but it’s not - it’s completely exceeded what we expected. The calibre of the customers has been really high.”
Daniel Cross, marketing manager, Vaclensa.

“The Manchester show was really good. We went to the London one, enjoyed that, but it was close to the city centre so we knew there’d be people there. We went to the Manchester show not knowing what to expect but it was really busy and the show looked really good. We spoke to a lot of people about what we do, I was happy with the way it has gone.”
Chris Herrett, British Institute of Facilities Management.

“The show was very, very good. There was a buzz, people were very positive, very intuitive and they showed a genuine interest in what is going on in the cleaning industry.”
Ashley Cooper, international key account manager, Kennedy Hygiene Products.

“The show has gone really, really well. We have been busier than expected. Considering it’s a smaller show than London we had a lot of footfall…It was an amazing success.”
Kayley Sugars, marketing manager, Spinaclean.

“For us, the show has been brilliant. We could have closed the doors on Wednesday night and we’d have been happy with it. Thursday morning was incredible. We had some big customers, some new customers, some old customers wanting to progress, dealers as well.”
Rue Paul, national sales manager, Viper.

“The seminar went well, very good attendance and some interesting questions afterwards as well. This is the fourth year I have presented at the Cleaning Show and it is always a really interesting audience. It’s a good mix, and we always end up with people who actually have influence over the things we trying to talk about.”
Rob Shaw, HSE, who presented in the seminar theatre on preventing slips, trips and falls.

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