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The Cleaning Show 2011 - 'an outstanding event'

Published 23rd March, 2011 by Neil Nixon

The Cleaning Show 2011 - 'an outstanding event'

Anybody that had concerns that the current economic climate might damage the quality of attendees at The Cleaning Show 2011 needn’t have worried - the event closed its doors on Thursday 3rd March following three vibrant days which both exhibitors and visitors described as ‘outstanding’.

The official number of visitors attending this year’s event is 7652, with the vast majority being in a position to purchase or specify equipment and services. The Exhibition sales director, said: “The Cleaning Show 2011 exceeded all our expectations, and was a clear demonstration that the UK cleaning industry continues to thrive despite tough economic times. As organisers we were struck by the quality of the exhibits and the amount of genuine innovation on show. From our exit survey, it appears that visitors were similarly impressed. We welcomed almost 90 new exhibiting companies to this year’s event - I look forward to seeing them all again in 2013.”

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “The Cleaning Show was a huge success from the BCC’s perspective. Throughout the course of the three days I was able to meet numerous decision-makers and influential people from a variety of industries and countries, as the show once again displayed that its appeal spans continents and industry sectors. I particularly liked the new innovations for the show, particularly the Green Zone and the improved Innovation Awards, which demonstrated our industry’s appetite to engage with issues of sustainability and social responsibility, both of which will be explored again at our own Cleaning Conference in October. I would like to pass on my congratulations to Quartz for another successful show from all of the BCC’s members, and look forward to seeing everyone again in two years time.”

Exhibitors, too, were full of praise for the event. Lyndsay Taylor from first-time exhibitor New Zealand Pump Company, said: “It was the first time exhibiting for us at The Cleaning Show and the response that we had was phenomenal. It ranks among the top five shows that we have exhibited at across the globe. We would also like to thank the event staff for making the booking process easy and hassle-free. Now the hard work begins with following up the leads.”

Other new initiatives that proved particularly successful were the Priority Pass Scheme, which enabled visitors to prepare their badges in advance on-line, and the VIP Visitor Programme, sponsored by ICE.

Innovation Awards

The organisers of The Cleaning Show 2011 rewarded innovation with an expanded and enhanced awards programme at this year’s event. Neil Nixon, chair of the judging panel and editor of C&M, said: “Judging the expanded scheme was a tougher task than ever before, but extremely rewarding. I am very grateful to my fellow judges - Bob Vincent, Paul Thrupp, John Stinton, Maureen Marden and Michael Poulter - for their diligent work, enabling us to physically judge almost 50 products during the first day of the show. Competition was fierce, and we had some excellent winners. Thanks to all the exhibitors that took part, submitting 100 products and services for the consideration of the judges.”

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Carpet & upholstery cleaning products/services: Chemspec Europe - DFC 105.
Chemicals and dosing systems: GLORIA - Foam Master.
Eco/green products: Centrego - Toucan Eco.
Floor cleaning machines (indoors): ICE?Cleanfix - Robo 40.
Floor cleaning machine (outdoors): Gumclear - CCR3000.
Food hygiene products/services: Bio-Based Europe - Hard Surface Sanitiser.
Healthcare products/services: Chemspec Europe - Infection Control Fogging Solution.
Pressure washers/graffiti removal products/services:?Bio-Based Europe - Graffiti Remover.
Retail cleaning products/services: Prodifa - Aluminium Ashtray Bag.
Washroom products/services: Cannon Hygiene - Activap.
Software and management systems: OGL - ProfIT Plus Business Intelligence Module.
Window cleaning products/services: Aqua-Dapter - Flow Controller.
OVERALL WINNER: Aqua-Dapter - Flow Controller.

The Cleaning Show 2013 will be staged at the NEC, Birmingham from 19 to 21 March 2013. The event will co-locate with the highly successful IMHX exhibition, ensuring the crossover of visitors from the materials handling and warehousing event.

The Cleaning Show is organised every two years on behalf of the cleaning industry by BCCE Ltd, a company jointly owned by the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions Ltd, publisher of C&M

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