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Coronavirus concerns force industry events to reschedule

28 April 2020

Three organisers have announced the rescheduling of major events, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Following the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe, the Nineteen Group has taken the decision to reschedule The Security Event, The Fire Safety Event, The Health and Safety Event and The Facilities Event to 22-23 September 2020.

The decision was taken in consideration of the spread of the virus, as well as the impact of current and likely future travel restrictions.

In a statement, the company said: "All four events are twice the size of last year, have exceeded their targets and even in the last weeks are enjoying record-breaking pre-registration, but we feel this new date will be safer and gives the market time to deal with these unprecedented circumstances. The NEC has worked hard to provide a slot in September to give the market clarity and provide an even larger visitor base to do business with. The location of the NEC provides the best location to create a truly national event for the security, fire, health and safety and facilities markets.

"Stand bookings and visitor registrations will be transferred to the new dates and our team began personally calling each customer on Monday to help them through this process."
The new dateline also creates the opportunity to co-locate the existing series with one of Nineteen Group’s other market leading events - The Emergency Services Show, creating the UK’s largest event focused on the protection of people, places and assets.

The following events will collocate:

  • The Emergency Services Show
  • The Fire Safety Event
  • The Security Event 
  • The Health & Safety Event
  • The Facilities Event 

Peter Jones, CEO of Nineteen Group said; "We have listened to the concerns of our customers regarding the escalation of Covid-19. Standing in their shoes, what is clear is we need to stand united with our community, and in a safe and responsible way, tackle the challenges that this virus brings. We’ve held off sending out a blanket communication until today to allow our team to personally call each exhibitor.

"Feedback from the industry has been extremely positive. We would like to thank all our exhibitors, stakeholders and visitors for their continued support. We are committed to creating unprecedented business opportunities for the markets we serve.”

Interclean Amsterdam 2020

In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning and hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled to Autumn 2020. The new dates will be confirmed by 20 March.

The rapid spread of the Corona virus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. These restrictions, as well as those imposed within companies, will result in materially reduced attendance of the show. To maintain the international reach and quality of the event, a new date will be set.

“By moving the exhibition to the Fall, we hope to offer our exhibitors the earliest possible time slot to present their innovations to a global audience and to initiate business," said Bas Dalm, executive vice president. "In view of the global economic challenges triggered by the Corona virus in the first half of the year, moving the show to the Fall offers great opportunities. Thus, the world's most important industrial trade fair can provide important impetus for the global economy at an early stage at a time when it much needed in view global health issues."

The Manchester Cleaning Show

The Manchester Cleaning Show, which was due to take place on 25 and 26 March this year, has been postponed due to the ongoing international Coronavirus  (COVID-19) crisis.

Manchester Cleaning Show postponed due to Coronavirus crisis
The event, which is the North of England’s premier cleaning and hygiene event, will now take place from 15 to 16 September 2020 at the same venue, Event City in Greater Manchester.
All existing bookings, content and visitor registrations remain in place and will be transferred automatically to the new dates.
Organisers Quartz Business Media and the British Cleaning Council have begun contacting exhibitors, visitors and speakers to inform them. 
Steve Diprose, chief executive officer at Quartz Business Media, said: “In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the severe uncertainty it is causing, we have taken the correct decision to postpone the Manchester Cleaning Show.
“We remain committed to delivering a powerful and timely event that delivers exciting content and business solutions to our visitors and new commercial opportunities for our exhibitors, but that will now be happening from  15 to 16 September.
“We will be in touch individually with exhibitors, visitors and speakers over the coming days to ensure there is a smooth transition.
“We would like to thank everyone connected with the show for their continued support and patience during this challenging time.”
Paul Thrupp, chairman of the British Cleaning Council (BCC), said: “It is regrettable that we have had to postpone the Manchester Cleaning Show but, in the circumstances, it is clearly the right decision.
“Like the organisers of the many other major events in the UK and around the world which have been postponed, we felt we could not go-ahead when the Coronavirus crisis is likely to get worse in the immediate future. 
“We hope that visitors and exhibitors will be able to understand this decision."
This year’s Manchester Cleaning Show is the third edition of the event.
The biannual event is free to attend and features a wide range of national and international exhibitors as well as an exciting conference programme of talks by leading industry figures and experts.
The last Manchester Cleaning Show, in 2018, attracted more than 2000 visitors. 
Exhibitors or visitors who need more information can contact Michelle Andrews via email at  michelleandrews@quartzltd.com or on (0)1737 855 086.