Exhibition Organisers Statement – 2019

Exhibition Organisers Statement – 2019

Healthcare Estates sees record attendance

Overall attendance to Healthcare Estates 2019 reached record levels for the two days in Manchester, increasing to over 4,900 as visitors and delegates flocked to Manchester for the biggest showcase of products and services in the UK Healthcare sector.

With an abundance of activities during this year’s Healthcare Estates in Manchester, including IFHE representatives from all over the world attending over 4 days; the 2019 Healthcare Estates event enjoyed a busy two days at the exhibition, conference and the annual dinner

Taking place on October 8 & 9, the IHEEM Healthcare Estates conference and dinner took place alongside the Healthcare Estates Exhibition with the event attracting a record number of delegates and dinner guests. Over 600 delegates, speakers and chairs attended the conference and 630 attended the black-tie dinner and awards with attendees representing all sectors of healthcare to discuss key issues around design, building, maintenance and engineering.

The exhibition featured over 250 exhibiting companies offering expertise in key areas dealing with the fabric of healthcare buildings; the six free-to-attend theatres and zones on the exhibition floor had standing room only at many sessions and many exhibitors commented on this being their best event to date.

Keynote speakers at the conference included; Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of NHS Improvement, which leads the NHS’ work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS Accounting Officer he is also accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding; Simon Corben Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities, NHS England and NHS Improvement and a moving presentation from Sally Becker, known as the Angel of Mostar, on her moving experiences in Bosnia and Syria saving the lives of women and children in the war-torn region the new air dome feature on the exhibition floor was packed with delegates throughout the two days.

The Awards Dinner held at Manchester Central was sold out with 650 guests, entertained by the harmonious ‘Do your Thing’ a Salford and Tameside based Choir and humorous after dinner speaker Peter McDonald who is a Consultant General Surgeon at Northwick Park and St. Mark’s (NPM) since 1991. He is a gastrointestinal surgeon and made for a most enjoyable evening presenting awards in nine categories including apprentice and life time achievement.

Visitors and delegates responsible for running and maintaining some of the biggest estates in the NHS and private sector attend Healthcare Estates in Manchester to learn about the latest innovations in key areas of the healthcare estate.

Attendance 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Visitors** 2,415 2,305 1,924 1,768 1,527 1,451 1,128 1,021
Delegates & Speakers 634 477 456 462 474 461 401 383
VIP visitors 618 699 481 387 364 350 350 200
Exhibitor registrations # 1,236 1,021 1,297 1,232 1,320 1,138 1,011 1,097
Dinner guests (638) (483) (450) (478) (500) (450) (432) (300)
Total Attendance: 4,903 4,502 4,158 3,849 3,685 3,400 2,890 2,701

# Exhibitor staff & guests

** includes re-visits who attended both days

Six theatres on the exhibition floor provided free content in Infection Control and Water; HVAC & Engineering, Energy & Sustainability; Facilities Management; Design & Construction; Fire & Security plus the Apprentice & Training zone.

Steve Webb, Director for organisers Step Exhibitions comments; “The exhibition area really benefited from the new layout, the keynote theatre on the exhibition floor and improved features; a new HVAC and Engineering area and theatre, the apprentice training zone and Infection Prevention theatre. We worked closely with a number of key organisations to attract as diverse an audience as possible, at times it was so busy you could scarcely move in the isles.

Our Apprentice Training Zone supported by Troup Bywaters & Anders working with Investors in people and the National Apprenticeship Service resulted in many trusts and suppliers bringing apprentices and previous apprentices to share their experiences and learn from the 240+ exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services.

Exhibitors were also full of praise for the event, many already reserving their place at the 2020 event.

‘Impressive 2 days’…. Digital Protection Company

‘This year was, personally, the best show I have had at any HCE and your help and support as a team was massively appreciated by us. Right at the end of the exhibition the IHEEM president made a point of finding our stand to thank us for our efforts with the competitions which meant a lot to the owner’. Roth UK

‘We had a fantastic time at the Healthcare Estates Exhibition and thank you to @HCEstates @IHEEM for another successful event. Looking forward to next year! #HealthcareEstates #Manchester’. Hulley & Kirkwood

 While visitors commented:

‘Very worthwhile visit’. Technical Manager, ‘Interesting and informative’. Head Associate, ‘Well organised’. Head of capital, ‘Good conference’. NHS and Social care Trust, Co Director Estates, ‘Great to have some detailed stream discussions allowing for improved learning’. Healthcare Lead

Many areas of healthcare saw packed theatres with exhibitors and industry experts providing visitors with an opportunity to hear about the latest initiatives. Further innovations and improvements are promised over the coming months for the 2020 event. With a new venue for the dinner this year and a larger exhibition, Healthcare Estates is now the premier event for all trusts and the estates and facilities teams.

Next year Healthcare Estates in 2020 will again take place in the centre of Manchester at Manchester Central the dates are 6 – 7 October. For enquiries about how to exhibit or visit contact the team on healthcare@stepex.com or call Dionne on 01892 518877


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