More details of the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, have been announced by co-owners of the show, The British Cleaning Council (BCC).
Over the two-day event – being hosted at Event City in Manchester on 11-12 April 2018 – the BCC is already anticipating more visitors than the 2,300 which attended the first Manchester Cleaning Show in 2016.
Demands for exhibition stands are also far higher than at the inaugural event, and the BCC has already increased capacity by 25 per cent to accommodate demand from both previous and new trade exhibitors.
A full two-day conference programme is also soon to be finalised, but the BCC has revealed it will be largely built around a theme looking at the challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries over the next five years.
This will include discussing key issues such as Brexit, the growing skills gap, professional standards and career progression, health and safety at work, and increasing automation within the sector.
Senior representatives drawn from both private and public sector organisations are due to take part in the conference. Names confirmed so far include Sophie Ferriggi from Bespoke Cleaning Solutions, Dominic Ponniah of Cleanology, Tracy Hamilton from the Health & Safety Executive, and Paul Ridden from Smart Task.
British Cleaning Council members, including the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC), and the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), will also be presenting.
In addition, experts from Firedog Research – who recently conducted the most in-depth analysis seen in recent years into the size, value and future direction of the UK’s cleaning, hygiene and waste management industries – will be sharing insights into the future of the sector based on their research findings.
Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council, said:“In 2016 we brought The Cleaning Show to the North for the first time and we were genuinely overwhelmed by the enthusiastic support it received from both exhibitors and visitors. We also saw Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast’s business team broadcast live from the show on the first morning, demonstrating the significance of cleaning to the UK economy.
“The fact that far in advance of next year’s event we’ve had to increase the size of the exhibition by 25% to meet demand, together with the high number of visitor registrations we’ve already seen, indicates that April’s show will be far bigger and busier than we initially anticipated.
“Further, this level of interest has been secured even before we’ve revealed the full conference programme, which we will be officially announcing in the new year. This will be largely themed around the immediate future of the sector which will face unprecedented challenges and changes over the next decade, so I’m confident it will be packed out. So if you want to guarantee securing a stand, or want to ensure you get ticket, I’d suggest you do it sooner rather than later based on the interest we’ve had so far.”
To register for a free ticket, or for all exhibitor enquiries, visit http://cleaningshow.co.uk/manchester