Live auctions for mobility equipment will take place at Trade Days in October to give dealers the opportunity to purchase samples, end-of-line or discontinued stock held back by manufactures.
It is one of a number of new features introduced to the industry’s trade show as part of the organisers’ revamp.
The exhibition, on 7-8 October at the NEC in Birmingham, promises ‘Dealer Days’, where retailers are invited to learn about manufacturers’ new products in a private environment, including Sunrise Medical.
There will also be an ‘Innovation and Launch Trail’ designed to make it easier for delegated to plan their time at the show and get more out of it.
The demo zone has also been transformed into the ‘Ultra Terrain Demo Zone’ where there will be grass, sand, gravel and more so visitors can thoroughly test equipment.
Carmela Coop-Rodia, group sales manager at CloserStill Media, which is organising the show, said the show has learnt lessons from 2017 and spent time with the industry to find out what was missing from the sector.
She said: “We really listened to retailers and key sector suppliers put together an event that fills the gap and gives the sector exactly what they have been crying out for.”
Initially launched in 2014, Trade Days remains the industry’s sole exhibition dedicated to the mobility and independent living trade, offering manufacturers, retailers and distributors a space to talk business.
On the first evening of Trade Days, the AMP Awards will take place, in association with Sunrise Medical. The Awards will honour mobility dealers and celebrate their achievements over the last 12 months.
The evening will begin at 7pm with a glittering drinks reception preceding the presentation of awards to the country’s finest mobility dealers. Complimentary food and drinks will flow throughout the night and tickets are free for dealers who have registered to attend.