Changing our venue for the show is never a decision we take lightly, and it always causes a few sleepless nights. We worry about the floor plan designs, the set up logistics, and whether or not anyone will turn up! However, this year we needn’t have worried. The 2018 Movers & Storers Show held at EventCity in Manchester was a huge success, with over 50 exhibitors, around 30 vehicles on display, and an incredible 853 attendees across the two days. The venue was much larger this year, and everyone enjoyed the social opportunities that came with having a hotel next door.
The two busiest show features were definitely the Competitions Zone and the Seminar Theatre. The competitions, sponsored by Britannia Movers International, were great fun and attracted lots of spectators as well as participants. The Strongest Mover contest on day one – facilitated by Faye Jordan and Andy Champ from Champion Strength and Conditioning – had three entrants, all of whom did fantastically well. They even got into the fundraising spirit and put on pink tutus to help us raise some cash for Prevent Breast Cancer! The outright winner was Phil Moss from Move It Man & Van, with Simon Beck (Bradshaw) and Ben Groaves (Beckwiths) coming in joint second.
On day two no less than 14 teams attempted our Packer of the Year Challenge, which was fiendishly difficult and against the clock for added pressure. The very worthy winners were Easyshipping from Mitcham, who knocked four-time winners MGR Removals off the top spot with an incredibly low score of 10 points. Atlas Removals and VK Removals were in joint second place on 23 points, and MGR and DBM Express were joint fourth on 24 points. Fredericks Removals placed sixth with 25 points, so it was certainly a tight contest for all but first place! Huge thanks go to the crews from Britannia Reeves of Petersfield and Britannia Bradshaw of Manchester for facilitating the competitions for us.
Another feature helping to keep the Competitions Zone busy was the piano moving masterclasses provided by BAR Training Services and Simon Long Removals. These took place four times across the two days of the show, and drew a crowd every time, so hopefully quite a few visitors left with some new skills.
Over in the Seminar Theatre, which was sponsored by The Mover Magazine, we presented sessions on everything from digital marketing to the £40 insurance limit. The sessions from Simon Evans (Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England) and Chris Buckingham (reallymoving) were amongst the most popular, and our panel discussions ‘Holding onto European Staff’ and ‘Headaches & Horror Stories: the State of the Industry’ were also very well attended. This newsletter and The Mover Magazine will be covering full reports on many of these sessions in the months to come.
Our thanks must go to all of our exhibitors for supporting the event and helping us to keep entry free, and also sponsors Maximover, Haywoods (especially since Martin worked on his birthday) and Woods Packaging for supporting the Café & Networking Lounge, our badging and registration system, and the show carrier bags respectively. Huge thanks to digital agency CandidSky as well, who ran the Google Ads and SEO Help Desk for us, and were run off their feet providing free advice to our visitors.
If you couldn’t make it to the show this year, do get in touch and we can send you a copy of the Exhibition Guide which contains information on all of our exhibitors – a useful desktop directory for the coming months! Massive thanks to those who did make the trip. We hope you enjoyed it and found it useful, and look forward to seeing you at next year’s Movers & Storers Show. Dates and location to be announced soon.