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Cleaning Show in London well attended and business done
The Cleaning Show, which took place over three days in London's Docklands recently, attracted 5,767 professional trade attendees and industry supporters - a 5% increase on the previous event held in London in 2015.
The show certainly seemed busy and the organisers tell us that some 10% of the visitors came from overseas - 9% more than last time. But the visitors weren't just there to look at what was on show... orders were placed with a number of companies exhibiting.
The exhibitors praised organisers for the high quality of visitors, with show statistics revealing that 17% of attendees had an annual budget of over £1 million to spend on cleaning equipment and services. Thomas Stuecken, chairman of OspreyDeepclean commented: "Another excellent show with increased visitor numbers and, most importantly, key decision makers. We also noted a steady flow of international visitors. We've already booked for 2019."
Matt Hodgkins, general manager of Unger UK and sponsor of the Window Cleaning Challenge said: "The show was a great success and provided the opportunity to meet a wide range of customers from across the industry, as well as end users. It was a huge success for Unger, where we showcased and launched new Unger products.
"We were honoured and delighted that Stingray was awarded the Cleaning Show Innovation Award - Window Cleaning Category. This is a testament to the team who developed this revolutionary tool to help cleaning professionals clean indoor glass faster and better."
The Window Cleaning Challenge was, as always, very popular, with over 30 contestants taking on Terry 'Turbo' Burrows in an attempt to wrest his long-held Guinness World Record from him. Despite the world's fastest window cleaner nursing a wrist injury which meant that his arm and hand were strapped up, his record remains unbeaten, although an attempt to break his own record didn't go quite as well, with Terry unable to get under the 9.14 seconds he set in Blackpool in 2009.
Terry's most successful challengers; Steve Fox, Glenn Bailey and John McClean, achieving 14.02, 14.63 and 16.39 seconds respectively, each won £250 cash for their efforts.
The full list of winners of the Cleaning Show Innovation Awards, which are judged and presented at the Show, is as follows:
Best Cleaning Product – Quick and Easy by Arrow County Supplies
Best Floor Cleaning Product – for the first time awarded to two winners ICE with the ICE R Scrub 75 and Nilfisk for their Liberty A50
Best Outdoor Cleaning Product – Easy!Force and Easy!Lock by Kärcher
Best Carpet Cleaning Product – Valet Battery Upright by Truvox
Best Window Cleaning Product – Stringray Indoor Cleaning System by Unger
Best Washroom Hygiene Product – Interchangable Dispensers by Dolphin Solutions
Best Sustainable Cleaning Product – Eco Silver Paper by Eco Silver Paper
Best Management System – ICE Locator by ICE
Other show highlights included the free-to-attend seminar programme which attracted over 1,000 visitors who gained expert advice on anything from health & safety, to growing their business or the future of robotics and the technology's potential impact on the industry.
Feedback from exhibitors has been incredibly positive with many praising the quality of the people who attended and confirming that considerable orders had been taken during the event. Many companies have already booked their stands for the UK's largest cleaning and hygiene event in 2019 when it returns to London for another three-day spell, from 19th through - 21st March.
The event's success bodes well for the Manchester Cleaning Show, which will be held on 11th and 12th April at Event City. The Manchester event attracts a more regional crowd, but is expected to see over 2,500 trade visitors.
30th March 2017