Ricoh trades on exhibition success

A RECORD-breaking exhibition has led to the organisers of the Trade Only National Show signing a contract to stage the event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the next three years.

An impressive 332 exhibitors attended the UK’s only national trade exhibition for promotional products and corporate clothing at the venue.

The sixth Trade Only show attracted 3,035 visitors and there were 1,320 exhibiting staff and attendees from 47 countries. Each year, the number of visitors has grown between 10%  and 20% with the unique visitor count rising by 16 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011.

Nigel Bailey, event director at Trade Only Limited, said: “This has been our most successful national show without a doubt. It was just fantastic to see loads of happy exhibitors and distributors, crowded stalls, full seminars and everyone enjoying themselves at the awards dinner.”

Meanwhile the Ricoh Arena has been shortlisted for a prestigious national exhibition award alongside the NEC Birmingham.

The venues are among six finalists in the best venue category in the Exhibition News Awards 2012.

They will be competing against four London venues: the Business Design Centre, Earls Court, Olympia and ExCeL.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Olympia on Thursday, March 29.