The Manchester Cleaning Show is set to be the first major trade exhibition to take place in the city post-lockdown after it was rescheduled to the 14-15 October this year.
Organisers of the show, which is the premier cleaning and hygiene event in the North of England and attracts more than 2,000 visitors, announced the dates after the Government gave the go-ahead for business-to-business events to reopen from October 1 this year.
The Manchester Cleaning Show, which is free and takes place at Event City in Greater Manchester, will showcase the vital role the sector has played in tackling coronavirus and highlight how the industry can continue to support the economy to reopen safely.
Looking set to be the biggest and best edition so far, the show features national and international exhibitors, an exciting conference programme of talks, a chance to connect with industry colleagues and many opportunities for business deals.
It was originally due to take place on 25 – 26 March this year but was forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic. Extensive measures are planned to ensure the event remains a safe and quality event experience for all attendees. They include:
- scheduled times for exhibitors to set up their stands
- hand sanitiser stations throughout the exhibition
- an innovative registration process to eliminate human contact
- a one-way system around the exhibition
- face masks to be available for all (dependent on Government guidelines)
- a mobile app where attendees can scan badges to swap digital business cards.
Paul Thrupp, chairman of show co-producers the British Cleaning Council, said: “The Manchester Cleaning Show will be an important place to be this October. Through challenging times, the cleaning industry has been resilient and innovative.
“We have much to discuss, much to share, and much to showcase. And we must say thank you to those suppliers and cleaning operatives who have played a critical role in keeping our communities safe.
“Only through a physical show will this be possible. It’s time for the cleaning industry to come together and demonstrate that through effective cleaning and hygiene practices, the business community can get back to business”.
Quartz Business Media also produces the Manchester Cleaning Show. Stuart Dacre, event director at Quartz said: “We’re so disappointed that we had to postpone the Manchester Cleaning Show, precisely at the moment when the UK’s cleaning industry was being pushed to the forefront of a national crisis.
“But following the government decision to give a ‘go date’ for business-to-business events to re-start, and after much discussion with the British Cleaning Council and our partners, we are hugely excited to stage the event in October.
“We are working closely with Event City and our partners to ensure that the Manchester Cleaning Show is a COVID-19 safe event and will provide a comfortable and secure environment for our visitors, exhibitors and staff.
“We would like to thank everyone connected with the show for their continued support and patience during this challenging time.”
Announcing that live business to business events could restart on 1 October, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “We have learnt a lot of lessons during this crisis, about the potential of technology. But I think there are also limits to this technology and is no substitute for face-to-face meetings and interactions.”
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