The End of Digital? PPMA Show to Go Ahead as in-Person Event

Taking place for the first time in two years, has the PPMA marked the end of digital tradeshows for the UK's manufacturing industry? They're confident, subject to conditions...

By Joel Davies -

Speaking after the decision to stage the PPMA Show 2021, Richard Little, Show Director for the PPMA Group of Associations, said: “There were a lot of things to take into consideration when deciding to run this year’s event; not least of all the safety and well-being of all concerned. Based on the advice we’ve received; the likely scenario is that all UK adults will have had or be eligible to receive their second Covid-19 vaccination in September 2021. Therefore, restrictions that would materially impact our Show running will have been lifted”.

This year’s show is free to attend and will house over 350 exhibitors, comprising more than 1,700 brands, from the UK and parts of Europe. Big-name industry representatives are set to attend, with Iceland Foods and Scottish brewer and social enterprise Brewgooder already pledging their support and commitment to speak.

PPMA Show goes ahead
The PPMA Show will open its doors to exhibitors and guests from 28-30 September 2021. Image: PPMA.

“We also had to gauge the appetite of exhibitors and prospective visitors to attend a live show, from which our surveys generated a very favourable response,” continued Little. “The overwhelming consensus among those within the industry is that they want to see the return of live events; particularly in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. These sectors generate over half our visitors, many of whom have been working flat out to support the critical supply chain during the Coronavirus pandemic, and subsequently have a keen interest in the latest machinery and equipment.

“As an event organiser, we will now be working closely with the NEC to ensure that the necessary Covid-19 controls are in place, without compromising the overall event experience. This could mean some alternations to the omnidirectional floorplan and onsite catering provisions, but it will remain a large-scale exhibition”.

The PPMA Show takes place from 28-30 September 2021. The registration portal for the PPMA Show 2021 is now open for new registrants to apply for their complimentary visitor pass.

You can find more information about the PPMA Show on its website.

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