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John Stevenson14/10/2010 21:05:22
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This Fri, sat, Sun, Mon and Tuesday.
 
Anyone going ?
 
We will be there on the Arc Euro CNC stand all show, so anyone that owes me a pint call in or failing that the White Hart at Upton after the show.
 
John S.
Terryd14/10/2010 21:37:16
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See you there on Friday John
 
Terry
Chris Trice14/10/2010 22:12:31
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Sunday for me. I'll come say hello.
Andrew Johnston14/10/2010 22:42:31
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Hi John,
 
I'll look in on the Saturday.
 
Andrew
Laurence B15/10/2010 10:21:43
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I went yesterday as part of the 'set up' day for our club,and indeed many other clubs and traders.Naturally one simply had to have a sneak preview of the show,and from what I saw it looks like it will be very good indeed,with some fantastic pieces of model making on show,and plenty to spend one's money on too!
John Wood115/10/2010 15:54:40
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Hi John, be there on Monday to say hello.
 
Have fun
John
Charles 201016/10/2010 18:25:38
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I went Friday and had a very good time ... and I was able to buy all that I wanted .... Already looking forward to next year if it is there again
 
Charles
Charles 201016/10/2010 18:26:50
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I must get a sat nav set properly to get me there directly
 
Charles

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Edited By Charles 2010 on 16/10/2010 18:34:04

Charles 201016/10/2010 18:28:20
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I was able to see an Economy engine close up and take pictures  so very helpful
 
Charles

Edited By Charles 2010 on 16/10/2010 18:31:17

Chubbs19/10/2010 20:14:54
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Hi all.
I attended the show as per usual on the Sunday, and the first thing i noticed as i got inside was the size of Warco, s stand to what they mostly have, and as i walked around i saw that a few more Companies had down sized there stand. Also a few that are normaly set up wert even there.??????
Is this a sign of the times or are the fees getting to big for the stalls to afford . ??
Any body else notice this.
 But on the whole a good show.
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Billy Mills19/10/2010 20:50:29
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One exhibitor told me that his 10'x10' stand cost him £1500 for the 5 days, this is around the same rate as we pay for the NEC!. So if you have a normal retail margin you have to take £4500 to break even on the stand alone, add in 5 days stay with food, staff and travel costs and you might begin to understand why some exhibitors are no show at all. We did not show at WEC, we are in a different but simular business.
 
We also show in Chicago, Holland and Germany. The cost of a stand in these places is ONE THIRD of UK costs. At the NEC we pay £50 for a two day 250W electric supply- we get free electricity in the USA, Holland and Germany. Sales are 130-210% GREATER in these countries than in the best UK shows. The facilities for visitors and exhibitors are better too.
 
The out of UK shows  are attracting more exhibitors and visitors, when there is more to see more go to show and more go to see. In the UK we are up to our normal business practice of  stuffing ourselves.
 
Alan.
 
Chris Trice20/10/2010 09:20:45
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My initial plan was to go on the Sunday but ended up going on the Tuesday. First impressions from my first ever visit to the show is that it is was smaller than I was expecting and a couple of dealers I specifically went up there to see weren't there. I bought very little except for a few impulse buys. Had I travelled more than two hours to go there, I may have felt disappointed. One of the plusses though was talkng to John who patiently talked me through the basics of Arc Euro's CNC mill. I'm very tempted.

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KWIL20/10/2010 09:31:26
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Perhaps the show promotors are getting too greedy and next year there will be even less traders.? 5 days is far too longfor such a show, I do  not expect there are enough visitors available and that they are merely spread a little thinner. Personally I would not go again having been there few years ago.
John Stevenson20/10/2010 09:40:48
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I still feel the best show in the UK is Harrogate in May. Usual 3 day show but they get double thru the door what the Midlands show does in 5 days.
 
Stand prices are lower, more room and this has a knock on effect in that more traders want to go and more customers want to see what they have all under one roof.
 
Five days is too long, some traders went home Sunday night as being away from base for those extra two days costs more than they can take back at base, so in effect the punters for Monday and Tuesday were being short changed.
 
My chief gripe is you pay for the stand and they charge extra for the lighting on the stand.
 
Met a lot of people from this and other forums and it's nice to put names to faces, even our esteemed Mr Clark was there on the Friday having a wander around.
 
John S
David Clark 120/10/2010 09:56:20
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Hi John
Good to see you again  - on Saturday.
regards David
 
David Clark 120/10/2010 09:59:49
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Hi There
I am not sure the people running the show are greedy.
It cost about £35,000 to hire Ascot for an exhibition.
I expect Sandown is comparable.
The midlands Agriculture centre is about £15,000 for a day.
 
regards David
 
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Trevorh20/10/2010 13:07:32
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I was there on the Saturday and was able to purchase all the items on the wish list, there seem to be a good turnout as well.
The weather held off so was able to go see the dispaly outside, all in all a good show, hadn't really noticed that some of the stands were smaller than last year.
 
bring on the next one - but not too quickly - need to save up again
 
cheers
John Stevenson20/10/2010 13:18:20
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Posted by David Clark 1 on 20/10/2010 09:56:20:
Hi John
Good to see you again  - on Saturday.
regards David
 
 That proves it, 5 days is too long - you get days mixed up !!
 
John S.
Bogstandard21/10/2010 10:09:38
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I would have loved to have gone, but ever since they moved it from Donnington, it has never been the same.
 
They have tried to make it disabled friendly, but the design of the place just means that it will never happen. I had to come home after being there only an hour the first time I went as it was just too cramped and upsy downy for me to get about with a stick.
 
I suppose Harrogate will have to do me now, as that is great, I can get about on my small electric buggy with no problems, plenty of room, to meet up with all my old mates. Except for the ignorants of course, a facefull of heavy rucksack is no joke as they push in front of you in the queues, just as though you don't exist.
But they always leave with a few choice words they very rarely hear, plus I also managed to get a few shins as well.
 
Bogs
Nicholas Farr21/10/2010 10:43:46
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Hi Bogs, I agree with you that Donnington was a far better venue, but I still went again this year. I never have a rucksack BTW, do usually have a small camera bag with my SLR in it which I don't like being bashed about. I hate carrying to much clobber around with me.
 
Regards Nick.

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