Probably the best trade show I have ever attended

Probably the best trade show I have ever attended

More than 120 promotional product distributors flocked to the home of Manchester United to see the latest and greatest business ideas.

The Big New Products Show featured over 50 suppliers in one compelling setting, in an event timed perfectly for the all-important third selling season.

The show, on September 3, took place at Old Trafford’s recently refurbished Manchester Suite, which provided an upmarket and spacious setting.

It’s the latest in a series of events run by a consortium of the industry’s top suppliers on a strictly not-for-profit basis.

Organiser Gerry Thomas said: “We were excited to see so many visitors at the show. It proved that both suppliers and distributors still very much welcome and value face-to-face contact. What’s more, a show of this size gives them the chance to have extended, meaningful and profitable conversations.”

The Manchester show was a big hit with visiting distributors. Graham Bee, of Beeline Advertising Products in Nottingham, said: “Face-to-face is still how I prefer to do business and now, more than ever, it’s important to be aware of what’s new.”

Darren Leigh, from Manchester-based Leighmans, said simply: “This is probably the best trade show I have ever attended.”

The Big New Products Show now moves on to Elstree, just outside London, on September 26. The venue is the Inspiration Suite at the Village Hotel Watford/Elstree.

The show is open between 10am and 4pm and full details are available by visiting