Trade Days 2017 attendees

With the mobility and independent living industry coming together for the biggest gathering of trade-only professionals at Trade Days this October, Carmella Coop-Rodia, Event Manager of Trade Days, highlights what can expect in 2018.

Discussing building on last year’s show, Carmela said: “2017 was a really, really good show; we really listened to our exhibitors and partners and put together eight new live event areas that were really well received.

“You could definitely feel a buzz and excitement in the air which is exactly what we wanted and we’re really building on last year’s success to make 2018 one to remember.”

Stressing that 2018 would continue to build on the momentum, Carmela says the team has carried out more research into the wants and needs or visitors and reacted accordingly, with renewed and new partnerships.

“I hope people can see that the show is really heading in an exciting direction” Carmela Coop-Rodia

According to Carmela, Sunrise Medical will be running an exclusive dealer day at this year’s show, with other manufacturers hosting their own auction days, selling samples, end of line or discontinued to dealers keen to bag a bargain.

Confirmed exhibitors for 2018’s show includes Drive, Pride, TGA and Freerider returning to the NEC in Birmingham, as well as host more companies keen to meet mobility retailers and talk business.

In addition to meeting exhibitors, visitors on the lookout for new products and innovations will navigate the new Innovation and Launch Trail at 2018’s event. Aiming to help attendees plan their time at the show and clearly identify companies with new products, the organisers’ confirmed that there will also be a timetable of grand new product unveilings taking place as well.

Commenting on Trade Days, Mike Williams, Managing Director for Ableworld: “I go to see new products, new ranges, meet suppliers. I like the idea of a trade-only show and think it helps me find new ranges and new opportunities.”

Highlighting that there will be a centralised seminar theatre providing two days of free training, from short courses in areas such as moving and handling through to GDPR compliance, Carmela pointed out that this year’s event will have everything needed to assist business leaders in running their business.

“The competitions and product giveaways have also had an upgrade,” added Carmela.

“Just by visiting, people will automatically be entered for a prize draw to win exclusive product prizes, from cabin cars to scooters; you could be walking away with a fantastic prize just by stepping through the door!”

Prizes from Pride and other exhibitors will total more than £20,000 according to the organisers, with giveaways including a cabin car from Scooterpac at £9,820, two Raptor scooters from Pride at £3,000 each, a Quickie Q100 Powerchair from Sunrise Medical at £2,750, as well as the new Lithilite car boot scooter form Motion Healthcare costing £1,495.

As well as a fresh new approach to the show, Trade Days has also undergone a branding refresh as well.

“As part of our ongoing updates to Trade Days, we’ve refreshed the show’s image to breathe new life into a show that’s served the mobility and independent living sector for five years now,” noted Carmela.

Initially launched in 2014, Trade Days remains the industry’s sole exhibition dedicated to the mobility and independent living trade.

Setting itself apart by offering manufacturers, retailers and distributors space where they could talk business, 2018 will see the return of some of the usual features says the organisers, with Mark Bates once again providing VIP guests with a free lunch.

New and improved, there will be an Ultra Terrain Demo Zone sponsored by TGA Mobility where there will be grass, sand, gravel and more so visitors can test what equipment can do before they buy and the popular Voucher Book is also due to make a return, offering exclusive show discounts and offers.

Simon Paddock, Director from The Helpful Hand, commented: “I go to Trade Days to look at the different products that are available. It’s a good show and it’s great to be able to talk to the people within the companies on a one-to-one basis.

“I’ve come before and will come again. I get good results out of the show and I get to see different products all under one roof. I can see the ones that I currently have in stock but also new opportunities”

Calling on the industry to come together, Carmela finished: “Trade Days is the must-attend show if you operate within the industry and I hope people can see that the show is really heading in an exciting direction. We are really looking forward to the 2018 event and I would also like to say a huge thank you to all our exhibitors and attendees for your continued support.”

This year’s show will be taking place on the 7th and 8th of October at the NEC in Birmingham.

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