Virtual exhibition and conference to replace event in October 2020
This has been a saddening decision for everyone working on the Manchester Cleaning Show, but we have unanimously agreed that the best course of action is to re-schedule the event. The show will now be held in September 2021.
The latest government rules regarding social gatherings, and the on-going local lockdown in the Greater Manchester Area has forced us to re-evaluate our plans for the event. We have always put the health and safety of our exhibitors and visitors first, and will continue to do so.
We have been, and remain, steadfast in our commitment to stage a much-needed physical exhibition and conference for the industry. We hope that the move to September 2021 will see us able to operate freely without social distancing restrictions, and ensures that we do not interfere or clash with other planned industry events.
But there is so much to discuss right now. So many of our exhibitors have products that can help the UK get back to business; and so many individuals need the support and the contacts that an event brings. The UK cleaning industry needs an opportunity to come together now so we will be staging a virtual version of the Manchester Cleaning Show on the same dates of the planned event on 14-15 October 2020.
This isn’t what we had hoped for but the opportunities that this virtual event presents are exciting and we have a really innovative platform to show you. There are no apps to download, you can view everything on a device of your choice, and it will deliver exciting content and business solutions for our visitors and a vital commercial opportunity for our exhibitors. It’s important that we come together.
Exhibitors are being contacted individually regarding the multiple opportunities available to them, and those professionals already registered to attend the Manchester Cleaning Show will soon receive an invitation and access details to enjoy the virtual version.
The industry has demonstrated resilience, adaptability, and innovation throughout this pandemic and we must thank all our exhibitors, visitors and speakers for your continued support and patience.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Manchester Cleaning Show Virtual in October.
The Manchester Cleaning Show is organised by the BCCE Board and comprises:
John Oliver, Chair, British Cleaning Council Exhibitions | Paul Thrupp, Chairman, British Cleaning Council | Stan Atkins, Group CEO, British Institute of Cleaning Science | Deborah Bland, Global Marketing Manager BSC and Retail, Diversey | Darren Marston, Executive Chairman, Industrial Cleaning Equipment Ltd | Paul Michael, Vice President, Quartz Business Media | Steve Diprose, CEO, Quartz Business Media | Tony Crinion, Managing Director, Quartz Business Media | Stuart Dacre, Event Director, Quartz Business Media.
Speaking about the postponement of October’s Manchester Cleaning Show and its replacement with a virtual event to be held on 14-15 October, Lorcan Mekitarian, Chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, said: “We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council’s decision.
"The virtual event, replacing the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020, is the next best thing and we are looking forward to being an active participant.
“The sector has proved its worth many times over in this pandemic. While we can’t get together this year, we are pleased to have a date in the diary for 2021 and anticipate it will be a true celebration of the remarkable achievements of our industry and everyone who works within it.”