Organised jointly by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Environmental Services Association (ESA), the Futuresource conference and trade fair at ExCeL London brought over 300 exhibitors and 100 speakers from across the industry together under one roof, and played host to key ministers, including Caroline Spelman, the new Secretary of State for the Environment.
"In a challenging year for many events and exhibitions, we are pleased with the numbers, and delighted at the increase in trade visitors," says Sarah Poulter, managing director of IWM Business Services, the commercial arm of CIWM. "For many exhibitors, this translated into quality leads and deals clinched on the stands, as well as valuable relationship-building opportunities."
"Since taking the decision to move Futuresource's predecessor from Torbay, we are exceptionally pleased that attendance figures continue to rise at the new venue," adds Barry Dennis, Director General of ESA. "The presence of several ministers at the event further highlights the important role that Futuresource plays in bringing together like-minded resource management, environment and sustainability industry professionals from across Europe."
Exciting plans are already underway for Futuresource 2011, which will take place on 14th - 16th June 2011 at ExCeL London. Moving to new halls, the exhibition will also have a new layout and will be reclassified into three zones to more accurately position exhibitor products and services and make it easier for visitors to find relevant areas on the show floor.
* Unaudited 2010 figure. The ABC audited attendance figure for Futuresource 2009 was 7437