The 2019 edition of Safety & Health Expo, IFSEC International and FIREX International met with success
The events taking place at ExCeL London on 18-20 June 2019 demonstrated notable visitor growth, representing 39,188 unique visitors, including thousands of international visitors from 128 countries, with an overall combined budget of US$57.1bn.
Safety & Health Expo
Safety & Health Expo saw steady visitor growth driven by a selection of highlights, including a 75-hour CPD-accredited educational seminar programme, the brand-new Workplace Wellbeing Show and the new PPE Attack Zone. The 2019 inspirational speakers were a particular attraction with Steph McGovern, Eddie the Eagle and Jonny Wilkinson drawing huge crowds.
This programme helped Safety & Health Expo secure a three per cent increase in visitors and an annual purchasing budget of US$9bn ensuring Safety & Health Expo remains by far the largest event of its kind in the UK. Visitors came from 74 countries, with strong growth in heads of department and C-suite professionals.
Chris Edwards, event director, stated, “The substantial increase in footfall we saw this year and the high-quality of visitors Safety & Health Expo attracts, really demonstrates how significant the event remains for the health and safety profession.”
FIREX International saw an impressive four per cent increase in year-on-year visitors and a 13 per cent increase in the visitor-to-exhibitor ratio. Visitors came from 73 countries and had a combined annual purchasing budget of around US$7.8bn.
FIREX officially launched its new Egypt show, scheduled to open in Cairo on 3-5 November 2019. This represents a significant expansion of the FIREX brand, bringing this event to new markets across Africa and the Middle East.
Commenting on this year’s success, Simon Young, exhibition director, said, “We’ve continued to deliver a world-class event at the forefront of the fire safety profession – and we’ve seen this borne out in significant growth in installers, construction and manufacturing professionals and representatives from government.”
IFSEC International welcomed a total of 34,756 visitors, seeing growth in high-quality visitors representing 117 different countries and a combined annual purchasing budget of US$28bn.
IFSEC also saw a substantial increase in visitors coming in from neighbouring shows – FIREX International, Facilities Show and Safety & Health Expo – and engaging with exhibitors.
The positive response to IFSEC International was driven by a number of major highlights, in particular, the first-ever Surveillance Camera Day, launched by Tony Porter, the UK’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
Simon Young, exhibition director, added, “It’s encouraging to see the security market shift in a direction that better signifies the complementary relationship between the installer, the distributor and the end-user, but also the increasing importance of the auxiliary markets in the security buying process, including facilities and health and safety.”