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Ten per cent increase in visitors to The Emergency Services Show 2018

The UK’s largest event for the emergency services, The Emergency Services Show (#ESS2018), has reported record growth in attendance for 2018. The free-to-visit event took place at the NEC, Birmingham on 19 and 20 September and attracted a total of 8,348 visitors and buyers, representing a record ten per cent increase on its previous highest attendance in 2017.
Over 2,500 of the show’s visitors attended the programme of 90 CPD seminars running in four theatres. Among the most popular sessions were: Against All Odds – the Cave Rescue in Thailand in Lessons Learnt and Interoperability, Digital Transformation and the Connected Responder, a walk-through seminar in the Technology programme. Dr Owen Jackson, of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat at the Cabinet Office delivered the well-attended keynote in the Collaboration Theatre Global Britain: The UK’s International Civil Protection Priorities and the Role of Resilience Practitioners. Among the most popular session in the Health and Wellbeing Theatre was Better Mental Health in the Emergency Services, given by Mind Blue Light as well as sessions on PTSD, an issue which has seen heightened awareness thanks to the success of the BBC drama The Bodyguard.
“Among the strongest new trends at this year’s show have been the growing importance of collaboration between services regionally, nationally and internationally and the emergence of technology as a key enabler of enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in operations,” said event director David Brown. “New launches from Excelerate Technology, Primetech, PCE and many others demonstrated the exciting future role for connected vehicles among our emergency services.”
Exhibitors remarked on the volume of traffic to their stands, and the quality of the visitors, while visitors commented on the value they got from a day at the show in terms of product knowledge, learning and networking.
Oliver North, Managing Director, Rosenbauer UK said: “The show has been fantastic. The footfall on the first day was absolutely manic. From start to finish we were speaking to existing and future customers non-stop.”
“It is a really great show. You can expect the very best of the emergency services, the best kit, the most experienced people to tell you the truth, the nitty gritty, everyone is very open and honest and it is a great chance to learn from each other. That’s the biggest take away for me – the opportunity to reflect and learn with everyone,” said Helen Turner, Resilience Planning and Business Continuity Co-ordinator, British Transport Police.
“This is the eleventh show we have done and probably the best we have ever had in terms of the quality of the customers – and the interest has been absolutely phenomenal,” said Julian Williams, Strategic Business Development Director, Steroplast Healthcare.
“I have to say that this year has been exceptional. The number of people coming past the stand, the right sort of people for us to talk to has just been remarkable. We’ve had a superb show. It is a real working environment and a superb forum for recognising that you are part of something much bigger,” said Jon Hall, Managing Director, Resilience Advisors Network.
Resilience Advisor Rut Erdelyi, who presented an excellent session on psychological support for call handlers in the International Collaboration Forum, thanked The Emergency Services Show on Twitter saying: “You have created a truly unique platform where the helpers, doers and solution-creators meet to make sure there is a safer future for all.”
The indoor and outdoor exhibition featured over 450 exhibiting companies including leading names in vehicles and fleet, communications, technology, medical equipment and supplies, firefighting equipment, search and rescue, extrication, water rescue, first response, protective clothing and uniforms, vehicle equipment, training, community safety and station facilities. Over 90 companies and organisations were exhibiting at the Show for the first time, ensuring there was plenty new to discover for regular visitors.
The Emergency Services Show returns to Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham on 18-19 September 2019.


BGES aims to drive growth with another key appointment

BG Energy Solutions (BGES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Fuller as BMS Project Sales Engineer.
Craig brings with him over 21 years of experience in building controls and industrial automation, with a nine-year stint at global engineering company, ABB, where he acted as the UK HVAC channel manager looking after 23 partners around the country. More recently he has spent time at SSE Enterprise Solutions and Smart Controls Systems Ltd.
In his role at BGES Mr Fuller’s primary responsibilities will be to maintain and support the level of service to existing clients across the Midlands. He is also charged with developing opportunities for new businesses and delivering specialist BMS expertise to BGES’s largest projects.
Mr Fuller is the second major appointment in recent weeks, following the announcement that John Roberts has taken up the role as Head of Service and Energy.
Gareth Barber, Managing Director at BGES comments:
“Craig brings with him a wealth of experience in smart controls. He will play a vital role in supporting not only our existing client base in the region but also helping us to identify potential new opportunities and help us deliver our ambitious plans for our next stage of growth across the Midlands.


Futurebuild Announces Expansion Plans For 2019

In a move that reinforces and reflects the growing confidence and sense of purpose behind Futurebuild, Futurebuild Events has announced it is increasing floorspace in 2019 by 20%. The event is expanding due to unprecedented demand and a record number of re-bookings following ecobuild 2018. The expansion will see the introduction of a host of new, innovative features and exhibits, further cementing Futurebuild’s position as the leading event for built environment professionals.
The increased floorspace makes way for a number of major new pavilions, including Made in Britain, ADE and Mindful Materials. It also provides an exciting opportunity for many start-up companies to find a home at the event, alongside major brands, including Bauder, Hadley Group and ROOKWOOL.
For the first time, Futurebuild will host a dedicated Interiors Hub. The focus will be firmly placed on designing with purpose, with sessions to explore the impact good design and interiors can have on the way we work, designing for dementia and the WELL Building Standard. The new Hub will provide an opportunity for manufacturers to meet active buyers and high-level decision makers, as well as showcase innovative products and collaboratively explore the impact of design on end users.
Futurebuild 2019 will also see the Offsite Hub and Materials Hub increase in size, due to high levels of demand from previous visitors. The six sector-specific Hubs will be surrounded by the ecobuild conference – an inspiring ideas arena where sustainability will remain the key focus.
The Waste Zone – a further, separate exhibition and talks programme dedicated to exploring waste as a resource and the circular economy – is returning for a second year to the exhibition with a range of new features. The Waste Zone will host leading professionals and manufacturers, and companies of all sizes will exhibit their innovative solutions.
Duncan Baker-Brown, Curator of the Waste Zone, said: “We’ve seen that people are becoming increasingly aware of the world around them and are challenging the negative impact humankind is having on our Earth. The damage being done will be discussed at length in the Waste Zone – we’ll be looking at how to transform a ‘throwaway’ culture into an intelligent, circular economy where waste is recycled and re-used.”
The expansion also makes way for the Knowledge Forum – a new feature which has been designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of visitors and their desire to enhance their skill sets. Within the forum, industry-leading partners, academia and professional bodies will offer a comprehensive look at the biggest issues facing the built environment, and offer solutions and guidance to take back to the office. The Futurebuild Knowledge Forum will host workshops across four key themes: digital construction and quality in construction; built environment research and education, leadership and professional practice; skills and delivery and working with manufacturers.
Martin Hurn, Managing Director at Futurebuild Events Ltd, explained: “After ecobuild 2018, we had the chance to look back over the past 18 months and what we’d achieved under new ownership. From attracting key audiences to keeping sustainability at our core, we delivered everything we wanted to do and now we’re off to a great start for 2019. We know that 72 per cent of our visitors want to find new technologies and innovations, so expanding the event by 20 per cent is a great reflection of the sheer scale of activity we have planned and the increased demand for exhibitor space. We’re excited to welcome exhibitors and visitors to the future.”

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