Naidex has said how it “firmly re-established itself as the leading event for the disability and independent living sectors”, after its first show under new management.
PRYSM Group took over the running of the show last year and said it committed to pouring its energy into reaffirming Naidex as an event “the whole community can be proud of”.
The show returned to the NEC Birmingham and featured a host of panel sessions, and educational insights which shaped the seminar schedule. Interactive demonstrations took place across the exhibition throughout all three days.
TGA’s Mobility Test Track provided a functional and entertaining opportunity to test the latest in mobility products whilst the Sports Arena saw people engaging and connecting in a variety of inclusive sports and activities.
Also demonstrating were stair climbing wheelchairs from B-Free Technology Ltd; exoskeletons from Rewalk and Gogoa and augmented and virtual reality from GiveVision and Tribemix.
“The impact Naidex had on its exhibitors was immediately palpable and will continue to flourish as contacts and leads convert into lasting profitable relationships over the coming months. In fact a common observation from exhibitors was that the hall was so loaded with visitors that stands were brimming with business and enquiries to the point that it was almost impossible to take a break throughout the day,” the show said.
2017 saw the launch of the Naidex Awards, combined with the Able Magazine Best in Show Award, these highlighted the calibre of the event. Running throughout all three days, the awards delivered the most relevant decision makers and top industry experts to the finalist’s stands to consider the leaders who are breaking new ground in each field.
Grandcare were crowned the winners of the Naidex Healthcare Professional Award. The judges noted the impact that their products would have on both carer and end user and commended them on their contribution to the sector.
The show added: “This has been a positively moving event which surpassed our expectations on so many levels. We have learnt a huge amount from this year’s show already, and value the feedback we have received. Our ideas and plans for next year are rapidly materialising with over 100 stands already booked for 2018. Over the coming year we are hugely excited to continue to build and develop this phenomenal event.”
Meanwhile, event director, Paige Lewin, commented: “Naidex stands apart in the sector as the most comprehensive and diverse event of its kind. I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome this year, it was above and beyond even my expectations. Naidex is unquestionably the most imperative disability, independent living and healthcare event, and next year is set to be even more exceptional.”