Naidex has confirmed that next year’s show will run earlier than previous years – from March 28-30.
Organisers of the show said that the building blocks are already in place for next year’s event, which will mark the 43rd edition of the show.
They are promising a refreshed floor plan, new collaborations, plus additional zones for 2017 after a rip-roaring 2016 show in which the show floor was packed with industry professionals and consumers keen to get a glimpse of some of the latest innovations within the sector.
The team behind Naidex insist that evolution is key to the longevity of the event and they have therefore been taking on board feedback from the industry when planning next year’s show.
As a result, Naidex 2017 will present a new opportunity to assemble providers of housing, specialist care and support services, under one roof, where they can debate and gain a better understanding of the changing landscape for specialist and elderly independent living from a business perspective.
It is hoped this new zone1 on Housing and Support Services for Independent Living will lead to greater engagement with representatives from housing associations, specialist care and domiciliary care providers – with exciting exhibitor potential for organisations such as training and software providers, facilities management, property agents and banks.
With pressure on Disabled Facilities Grants and the shape of Community Equipment Services changing, existing attendees and exhibitors at Naidex highlighted Housing and Support Service providers as a real opportunity for diversification.
This specific agenda of Housing and Support Services will it alongside other notable additions to the 2017 show – including a ‘Kids and Education Zone’ and a new-look floor plan to ease navigation around the 200+ exhibitors and the three main stages.
And 2017 will also see the launch of a new partnership with Foundations – an organisation appointed by the Department of Communities and Local Government to oversee a national network of nearly 200 home improvement agencies (HIAs) and handyperson providers across England, to help improve wellbeing as well as offering practical solutions around the home.
Paul Smith, director of Foundations, said: “Increases in DFG funding is a great opportunity to look at how we can deliver home adaptations better and we’re working with College of Occupational Therapists and DLF already. I’ve personally been a regular visitor to Naidex for 25 years and feel it’s a great opportunity to meet and share knowledge. Foundations is pleased to be working with Naidex and to take this partnership forward.”
Foundations has also announced it will also be holding its annual conference at Naidex 2017.
Portfolio director Alison Willis, who heads up the Naidex team, said: “The 2016 event saw the introduction of many new features which were all warmly welcomed by the Naidex exhibitors and visitors. But, we really do encourage ongoing feedback and ideas about how we can make our event even bigger and better and relevant – which is why we’re so excited to be creating specific conference space, content and designated themes for new exhibitors and their audiences for our 2017 show.”