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Naidex South sees visitor rates grow by ten percent

Naidex : 08 November, 2011  (Company News)
The number of visitors to the Naidex South exhibition (19th-20th October ExCeL London) was up ten percent on last year (subject to ABC audit) according to the event's organisers.

The event was officially opened by Matt Hampson, the former English rugby union prop who was left paralysed following an accident while training. The crowds were excited to see him and he was equally pleased to be there. Hampson said: "It was a great privilege for me to open such a fantastic event and I thoroughly enjoyed being at Naidex South for the day."

The co-located Lord Mayor's Disability Capital Conference was also a success, attracting deaf and disabled Londoners as well as high level decision makers, all wanting to hear about policies for deaf and disabled Londoners. A surprise visit to Naidex South came from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who commended the work of the team calling it: "A fantastic event for those in London and the South of England".

Building on such a successful launch show in 2010 was no mean feat, but the organisers worked tirelessly in the run up to the two day event to ensure that visitors were impressed by what the show had to offer this year. New features were added to give visitors a greater variety of things to see and do, the Naidex South Independent Living Show Home being a particularly popular aspect of the show. The house, sponsored by Taylor Dolman, displayed the latest disability, homecare and rehabilitation products in a home environment, allowing visitors to see products in a realistic setting and envisage how they could work in their own homes. One visitor, who became paralysed just this year, commented: "On the recommendation of my OT I came to Naidex South to see home modifications and I was so impressed by the House. Some of the gadgets are amazing and it’s great to be able to see products in the context of a home environment."

The Paralympics Sports Showcase was another great attraction which demonstrated various Paralympic sports and encouraged visitors to get involved themselves, capturing the buzz of next year's games. Other aspects of the show were particularly beneficial for healthcare professionals, who were given the opportunity to enhance their professional portfolios for free with a wealth of seminars on offer as part of the Naidex South CPD Conference.

Of the new products launched at Naidex South one in particular stood out from the crowd. The Carbon Black, invented by Andrew Slorance, was considered the most stylish product by a panel of judges who gave it the Style Award prize for its innovative design and eye catching, modern appearance. Andrew was delighted by this accolade and explained that Naidex South was the obvious place to launch his new carbon fibre wheelchair because of its excellent reputation in the industry.

Event Director Liz Virgo commented: "The response to this year’s Naidex South has been amazing and the show has grown so much since its launch last year. We are delighted to hear such positive feedback from visitors and our special guests. Here's to an equally successful 2012."

Next year's Naidex South will take place 17th-18th October 2012 at ExCeL. Naidex National will take place at the Birmingham NEC 1 to 3 May 2012.

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