//The Manchester Cleaning Show 2016
Crowds gather at inaugural event
The Manchester Cleaning Show - the regional launch event based on its parent, the Cleaning Show in London - was open for business on 6 and 7 April 2016 and was an instant hit with exhibitors and visitors alike. Even before the doors had opened, exposure on BBC breakfast had created considerable interest and a real buzz of excitement in the hall. The TV new programme's business presenter, Steph McGovern broadcast each of her business news slots from the show floor between 6 and 9am on the first morning, riding on and using a variety of different equipment provided by exhibitors. This was followed by two appearances on BBC's local North West news programme, and a couple of features on Radio 5 live.
This star-spangled start was a taste of things to come. From the moment the doors opened, the crowds flocked in. The total attendance figure has been confirmed at 2308 - a phenomenal result for a regional two-day show, particularly as this was its first outing. What impressed the exhibitors was the number and quality of visitors that attended - and not just from the North West. Senior buyers from most of the major contract cleaning companies made their way to Manchester, and many visitors were there to spend money too.
In addition to the exhibits, a number of companies ran competitions, and the popular Window Cleaning Competition was once again organised by the Federation of Window Cleaners and Terry 'Turbo' Burrows, the world's fastest window cleaner. Karcher staged a 'ride-on challenge', Unger and Greyland organised competitions and Floorbrite had a 'cyclone machine' on its stand, awarding a prize each day for the winner.
The event also featured a seminar programme which ran over the two days. Featuring topics such as immigration, cleaning for the food industry, health and safety, pest management, healthcare cleaning, and technology - to list just a few. Andreas Lill, director general of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries, provided the opening keynote, offering a European Perspective on current challenges facing the cleaning sector.
Judging by the success of the regional Manchester Cleaning Show, London is definitely one to attend. Taking place at ExCel, London on 14-16 March 2017, it will be the next big event in the Cleaning Show series. One for the diaries!