Top 200 corrections
13-Oct-11by Annie Byrne
The publication of the Top 200 UK exhibitions list in EN’s September issue has generated significant debate around the value and merit of comparing shows and the changing nature of industry research. EN has received several updates and feedback on the listings, which showcased exhibitions, their owners, location, net square metrage, visitor numbers and frequency. The timing of the information presented in list, which was compiled by Vivid Interface and Phil Soar, has been questioned. Exhibition News would like to clarify that the Top 200 list was for the period 2010/11 and based on information available up to 1 April 2011. EN apologises for leaving this dateline out of the original article. As was stated by Soar in the previous print issue, accessing the most up-to-date revenue and square metrage figures presents no shortage of challenges. Updates and clarifications were welcomed and the authors recognised the difficulty in ensuring the request for information was sent to the appropriate person at every UK exhibition organiser company. Feedback from several organisers indicates that there are shows which have been listed with out-of-date square metrage sales and visitor numbers, or that have merged, changed name or ownership. While the list was published in good faith, EN appreciates the impact that publishing out-of-date information can have on how shows are potentially perceived. Readers that want to question or verify information should direct inquiries to Soar or the organiser of the show listed. To acknowledge the number of updates, corrections and queries EN we have received, we have provided the following list of corrections on the Top 200 as received by 13 October 2011. Please note Exhibition News takes no responsibility for the order or inclusion of shows in the Top 200. All inquiries and feedback on how the Top 200 was compiled should be directed to research author and copyright holder Phil Soar, who can be connected via EN’s editor: firstname.lastname@example.org Show corrections - Centaur’s National Home Improvement Show was incorrectly listed as the London Homebuilding and Renovating Show (no. 113).- The organiser of W12 has pointed out the Woodmex exhibition (no. 112) was rebranded to W in 2004, followed by the year (W8, W10 and now W12).- Managed Events has pointed out the Optrafair (no. 61), which it runs on behalf of the FMO, is held biennially, not annually.- Faversham House has pointed out EMF/ICU/Landfill Expo (no.123) hasn’t taken place for several years and should be removed from the list. Nemex (no. 156) is also now part of the broader Sustainability Live exhibition, which is an annual event. The organiser claims turnover on Sustainability Live (no.119) is now higher than Faversham’s Sign and Digital UK exhibition No.54). As a result, the position of the two shows should reflect this.- DFA Media has pointed out its The Drives and Controls Exhibition, which is held alongside MACH at The NEC, is not on thelist. The organiser claims the show attracted 8,500 visitors in 2010.- Imago Techmedia has pointed out its IP Expo and Unified Communications Expo have not been listed in the Top 200. - Pro Publications International has pointed out its 50+ Show (formerly The Retirement Show) is not included on the list. The show runs in Manchester Central, London Olympia and Glasgow’s SECC annually and has total space of 14,000sqm and nearly 20,000 visitors, the organiser claims.- QMJ Publishing has pointed out Hillhead 2010 was not included on the list. The show had 50,000sqm of exhibition space in 2010. The organiser also pointed out its Natural Stone Show has not been listed.- Property Investor Media has pointed out its Property Investor Show and OPP Live are not listed in the Top 200.- QMJ Publishing has pointed out its Hillhead 2010 exhibition was not included on the list. The organiser claims the show had 50,000sqm of exhibition space and 15,000 visitors last year.