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Naidex 2010 welcomes record number of exhibitors

Naidex : 18 May, 2010  (Company News)
The UK’s leading event for the disability, rehabilitation and homecare market, Naidex 2010, reports that it welcomed a record number of exhibitors, some of whom reported their highest sales figures.
At the close of play attendance totalled 11,618 visitors, an increase of six percent year on year.

Opening the show was Shannon Murray, the UK’s first disabled model who spent her entire day at Naidex speaking to the crowds in the Lifestyle and Demonstration area as well as meeting with exhibitors and visitors as she toured the show’s three halls. Murray commented: “These days there are so many products and avenues of advice for people with disabilities, and events like Naidex are a positive step in spreading developments and innovations to a wider audience.”

The show’s Car Zone, was hailed as one of the most important introductions to the show in recent years, won praise from visitors and suppliers. Offering a great choice of mobility vehicles on offer for disabled drivers and their family, the area was supported by Mobilise and The Blue Badge Network who were on hand to answer questions and provide advice.

Other highlights included the Sensory Garden, a brand new feature offering visitors the chance to be inspired by a garden, the Communication Village, home to the latest developments in assistive technology and Meet the OT where members of the public had the chance to get face-to-face advice and information from a qualified OT.

As always, KideQuip, the area dedicated to children’s equipment and services was a huge success. Large audiences attended to learn basketball and wheelchair skills with Go Kids Go patron and BBC presenter Ade Adepitan. Visitors were also able to discover a wide range of products and equipment on show, meet with children’s charities and attend the informative KideQuip seminars.

Parent, Mrs R Donovan summed up her family’s visit to Naidex: “We found exactly what we were looking for this year. It is a great opportunity for carers and parents to view all the facilities and to see all the products available. To be able to touch and feel the products is what makes Naidex worthwhile to visit every year.”

The annual New Product of the Year Award was as popular as ever with more than 100 new products being entered. Following two days of voting via an interactive station, it was Mangar International who triumphed, showcasing the Mangar Back Saver, an innovative new product to help with getting a wheelchair into the boot of a car. Congratulations also went to Etac UK for their revolutionary Etac E800 range of powerchairs, and SpaceKraft Ltd for their Interactive BubbleWall Panel, a visually stunning children’s sensory resource.

Event Director Liz Virgo commented, “We had high expectations for this year’s Naidex and we’re delighted. Visitor numbers were up and business has been done. With such a forward-thinking industry, innovation is key and we’ve seen so many exciting new launches here at the show. We aim to create an event where visitors will find the answers to all their needs under one roof I think this year’s Naidex has certainly achieved that.”

The next dates for the exhibition calendar are September 29 30, 2010 when Naidex South will be taking place at the ExCel London.
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