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Exhibition Organisers Statement – 2018

Healthcare Estates sees attendance rise for fifth year


Healthcare Estates 2018 saw a record attendance over the two days in Manchester. The exhibition attendance on Day 1 set a new record with nearly 2,600 attending the exhibition and conference with a further 483 attending the dinner in the evening. Day 2 at the exhibition and conference saw over 1,700 attend the event.


The exhibition, which took place in Manchester in October on the 9th & 10th saw attendance increase again to over 4,500 with nearly 1,000 attending Both days. Senior representatives from the NHS, Private sector and businesses working in the sector flocked to Manchester for the biggest showcase of products and services in the UK Healthcare sector.


IHEEM’s conference and dinner took place alongside the Healthcare Estates Exhibition with the event attracting a record number of delegates and visitors to the two day event. With a total of over 4,500 attendees representing key areas dealing with the fabric of healthcare buildings the event benefitted from a busy exhibition and conference.


Keynote speakers at the conference included; Nick Hulme, Chief Executive for East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust STP Lead for Suffolk and North East Essex STP and Simon Corben, Director and Head of Profession at NHS Estates and Facilities at NHS Improvement on Day 1 and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering opening the conference on Day 2.


The seven free-to-attend theatres and zones on the exhibition floor had standing room only while the Awards Dinner, with footballing legend, Jan Molby of Liverpool FC, Ajax and Denmark, celebrated the success of the sector with award winners and diners celebrating the latest innovations, new products and key schemes. Details of the winners are on the event web site 2018 Awards Winners


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. Six theatres on the exhibition floor provide free content in water & infection control; energy & sustainability; facilities management; healthcare design; apprentice today leaders tomorrow and hospital engineering.


Attendance Details

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


** Includes 973 re-visits who attended both days up from 744 in 2017

#Exhibitors & guests

Total attendance excludes dinner guests




Number of Exhibitors:

  • 248 Exhibitors (200 in 2017)
  • 2808m² (Total space 2396m² in 2017)


Steve Webb, Director for organiser Step Exhibitions comments; “we are seeing some fantastic new technology and innovation coming through in the healthcare sector, no more so than in the NHS in an attempt to save money, increase efficiency and enhance and improve the patient experience. In the year we celebrated 70 years of the NHS and 75 years of IHEEM the event took on a special significance with the marking of these two milestones. The conference was opened with something a little different with a special feature ‘looking back in time’ with an actor playing the part of NHS founder, Aneurin Bevan the Former Secretary of State for Health in the United Kingdom”.


Webb continued; “we work closely with a number of key organisations to attract as diverse an audience as possible. Last year we launched the apprentice initiative to attract more apprentices which proved extremely successful this year and resulted in many trusts and suppliers bringing apprentices and previous apprentices to share their experiences and learn from the 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. We were also able to award the first Apprentice of the Year at the annual awards ceremony.


Webb continued, “The Facilities Management Theatre supported by Hefma, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, Healthcare Facilities Consortium, and FM North gave facilities managers working in healthcare a great opportunity to learn about the latest initiatives and how their area impacts on key areas within hospitals”.


Exhibitors and visitors have been quick to praise the event, commenting:


“Healthcare Estates continues to be the event for targeting the estates and capital projects teams across NHS providers.”-ASCOM


“It was a very enjoyable exhibition and conference and well worth the visit.” – KJA


“The exhibition has been a very worthwhile trip and has given insights into many things that we had not previously discovered / considered implementing. Having the opportunity to break away from my daily activities has proven to be a success.” – East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


“As a first time attender this was a very informative Exhibition, well laid out with a broad range of subjects right across the Healthcare spectrum. Overall very positive.” – Equitherm Ltd



Next year Healthcare Estates, IHEEM Conference and IFHE Conference takes place on the 8th & 9th October 2019 in Manchester.


For more information contact the sales team: 01892 518877 Email: healthcare@stepex.com

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