After 30 unforgettable years, Safety and Health Expo has moved from Birmingham’s NEC to ExCel, London. As well as an excuse to visit the thriving capital city, ExCeL is one of the few venues to offer enough space for the IOSH conference, Safety and Health Expo and the other 5 shows within the Protection and Management series. – There are also some other exciting changes this year, for the first time ever, the IOSH 2014 conference is sitting alongside the flagship Safety and Health Expo as well as hosting the RoSPA 2014 Occupational Health & Safety Awards, which are fast becoming the most sought after accolade by organisations from every sector. With so much going on, our Events Manager, Matt Cryer, has put together a short guide to help you make the most of your visit!
1. Make a list of who to visit
Over 300 exhibitors have already booked so far this year – a rise of 25% on last year! With so many exhibitors to see, from global brands to SME’s, it’s nearly impossible to see everything the show has to offer – especially if you’re visiting for just one day. Therefore, it makes sense to draw up a list of everyone you hope to visit during the show. This could be existing suppliers or clients, or people you have spoken to but haven’t had the opportunity to meet face-to-face. Remember, Safety & Health Expo also offers the perfect opportunity for making brand new connections and discovering the latest innovations, products and services, so ensure you leave plenty of space in your schedule for unplanned meetings!
Just as the number of exhibitors has grown this year, so too the number of visitors, with registration already up 50% on last year! This means that demand for ‘face time’ with exhibitors is also up, so be sure to contact people ahead to book a meeting slot and ensure you don’t miss any vital contacts. Most exhibitors will be delighted to accommodate you, as it allows them to plan their day, and prepare any notes beforehand, saving you both time and stress over the course of the show.
3. List and book seminars
Another major draw for the show is the opportunity to see some of the industry’s most illustrious movers and shakers at the show floor seminar sessions. With over 50 seminar sessions planned, you’ll need to decide ahead which are most relevant to your industry, and plan your visit accordingly! Either way, they’re a great chance to receive trusted educational content and critical advice on legislation – so don’t forget your note pad! RoSPA is also planning a range of free taster training sessions, so be sure to drop by our stand to get involved.
4. Network, network, network!
One of the very best things about Safety & Health Expo is the chance to make connections. Alongside all the major industry bodies, including IOSH, RoSPA, LEEA and the BSIF, you’ll find organisations from every sector offering a myriad of opportunities, services and advice! Remember, in an international industry dominated by Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, Safety & Health Expo is the chance to form bonds with real-world contacts, which can prove invaluable when it comes to building a professional network.
5. Visit the RoSPA Awards
In addition to the Safety & Health Expo, there are 5 additional shows related to your risk and compliance needs with just one badge, including Facilities Show, Energy & Environment Expo, Firex International, Service Management Expo and IFSEC International. What’s more the world famous RoSPA Awards are also taking place. As the safety industry’s longest running and most recognised awards scheme, it’s an unmissable event, and even if you’re not receiving an award this year it’s well worth you coming down and finding out what the RoSPA Awards are all about!
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