The latest government rules regarding social gatherings, and the on-going local lockdown in the Greater Manchester Area has forced everyone working on the Manchester Cleaning Show to re-evaluate plans for the event. Putting the health and safety of its exhibitors and visitors first, it has been decided that the best course of action is to re-schedule the event. The show will now be held in September 2021 with a virtual event taking place on 14-15 October 2020.
A statement from the British Cleaning Council Exhibitions (BCCE) Board said: “We have been, and remain, steadfast in our commitment to stage a much-needed physical exhibition and conference for the industry. We hope that the move to September 2021 will see us able to operate freely without social distancing restrictions, and ensures that we do not interfere or clash with other planned industry events.
“But there is so much to discuss right now. So many of our exhibitors have products that can help the UK get back to business; and so many individuals need the support and the contacts that an event brings. The UK cleaning industry needs an opportunity to come together now so we will be staging a virtual version of the Manchester Cleaning Show on the same dates of the planned event on 14-15 October 2020.
“This isn’t what we had hoped for but the opportunities that this virtual event presents are exciting and we have a really innovative platform to show you. There are no apps to download, you can view everything on a device of your choice, and it will deliver exciting content and business solutions for our visitors and a vital commercial opportunity for our exhibitors. It’s important that we come together.”
Also commenting about the postponement of the show and its replacement with a virtual event, Lorcan Mekitarian, Chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, said: “We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council’s decision.
“The virtual event, replacing the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020, is the next best thing and we are looking forward to being an active participant.
“The sector has proved its worth many times over in this pandemic. While we can’t get together this year, we are pleased to have a date in the diary for 2021 and anticipate it will be a true celebration of the remarkable achievements of our industry and everyone who works within it.”
The BCCE added that all exhibitors are being contacted individually regarding the multiple opportunities available to them, and those already registered to attend the Manchester Cleaning Show will soon receive an invitation and access details to enjoy the virtual version.