UBM EMEA is pleased to announce that the leading global health and safety event, Safety & Health Expo, has been declared a roaring success after attracting over 13,800 attendees to ExCeL London on 21-23 June.
The event achieved a 5% growth in attendees with over 100 speakers and 325 exhibitors drawing health and safety professionals from 59 countries. This was in spite of challenges thrown at them by nature and politics on the third day.
Heather Beach, Brand Director, OSH said "Neither severe flooding in London nor a referendum could keep us down this year with a significant increase in visitors across the three days and a great deal of fun. New product launches, special events like Rising Stars and SHE1000, inspiring speakers, international visitors, plus the incorporation of Professional Clothing Show allowed Safety & Health Expo to be an undeniable success. Thank you to you all those who worked with us to create such a great event. It is always a partnership between us, our exhibitors, the health and safety associations and the 13,000+ visitors that attend - see you next year."
Safety and Health Expo 2016 was thrilled to have the support of long-standing show partners, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), BSiF (The British Safety Industry Federation) and RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), as well as a host of sponsors, contributing to the success of the show.
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SUPPLIERS
The 325 suppliers who took part were delighted with the volume and quality of visitors. Visitors flocked to the event to see over 15,000 health and safety solutions on display at the event, including PPE, training, eLearning, occupational health, working from height equipment and noise control, to name a few.
Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Training Manager and Safety & Health Expo exhibitor, Dave Mosley stated: "This massive Expo has proved itself again and gifted CISRS a golden opportunity to tell the industry what's going on, especially in relation to the impending changes to courses with CPD coming into play in June 2017 and new card renewal regulations."
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
New for this year, visitors were also able to benefit from the Training & Career Zone, sponsored by Amazon, providing guidance on delivering the perfect interview and fast tracking your career, whilst the FPA Fire & Evacuation Theatre ,sponsored by Fire Protection Association and Emergency Evacuation Association and supported by Evac+Chair, addressed the heightened concern of evacuation during terror situations.
A recurring focal point of the event this year was the Inspirational Speaker Series held each day in the Keynote Theatre, sponsored by Honeywell. High profile speakers Colonel Tim Collins OBE, Kate Adie OBE and James Cracknell OBE shared key insights into how they have overcome adversity and challenges in their extraordinary careers to large crowds of over 400 individuals from across the security, safety, fire, facilities management and service management industries.
The inspirational speaker sessions headlined a comprehensive educational programme that covered all aspects of health and safety from practical tips on engaging the board to mitigating asbestos exposure and managing occupational road risk.
Safety & Health Expo was proud to partner with the prestigious Professional Clothing Show this year, bringing visitors more PPE, clothing and workwear than ever before. The Professional Clothing Show, not only brought an array of new exhibitors and products to the show but injected large volumes of energy and drew the crowds with SHE Live!, the lively PPE, workwear and corporate wear catwalk. Yvette Ashby, Managing Director, Professional Clothing Show and Awards commented: "To be able to partner with such as well-established, well-respected and productive show within our industry is a true honour."
Safety & Health Expo also benefited from the co-located fire, facilities, security and service management events, which in total drew over 45,000 visitors to the ExCeL over the three days, a 4% increase on 2015.
The Rising Star Awards, a new UK Health & Safety Week initiative for 2016, celebrated the achievements of young people and those new to the profession, who demonstrated excellence in their roles. The winner of over 140 high calibre entries was James Eastham, Eric Wright Group, who was presented with his award by Lawrence Waterman OBE, Director of Health and Safety at Battersea Power Station Development. Of his win, James told SHP Online, Safety & Health Expo's official media partner: "I was shocked and overwhelmed because of the number and quality of the other finalists."
Ahead of the Rising Star Awards, John Cairns, Chairman of SGUK recognised winners of the LOcHER Project Awards and Teresa Budworth presented the NEBOSH Young Person Awards to the top performing under 25 students who achieved a NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational H&S and National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Other awards ceremonies that took place at Safety & Health Expo included the internationally recognised RoSPA Awards, BSiF Innovation Awards and Professional Clothing Show Awards.
Hundreds of eager participants also took part in #SHE1000, a networking session on day three led by Heather White, CEO, Smarter Networking. Over 250 women and men responsible for the protection and management of buildings came together for an hour to interact with each other and gain practical tips on how to work a room, how to approach groups of people and creating an impact when introducing oneself. Speaking about the experience, Heather said "What a buzz and what a brilliant group of people who came to play. We certainly raised the roof!"
UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premier brands such as Routes, CPhI, IFSEC, Ecobuild, Seatrade, and many others, UBM EMEA exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across seven industry sectors.
About Protection & Management Series:
UBM Live's Protection & Management Series unites business professionals across the fields of security, fire, safety, facilities and service management at IFSEC International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, FIREX International and Service Management Expo. In 2017 the events will take place at the ExCeL London from 20th - 22nd June.