The 50th edition of NMBS’ Exhibition broke previous records for exhibitor numbers and attendees.
Over 1,000 NMBS members visited the show, with ran 11 April, with 280 NMBS suppliers exhibiting across 360 stands in the main exhibition hall and the Ricoh Arena’s foyer.
NMBS said it is still processing orders, but expects the value of business done on the day to also reach an all-time high.
In other record-breaking NMBS news, the buying society said it saw a turnover increase of 11% to £1.7 billion in 2017 – a new high for the association.
“The very first NMBS Exhibition was held at the Pennine Hotel in Derby in 1968 and ever since it has continued to go from strength to strength,” said Chris Hayward, NMBS MD. “It’s perhaps befitting that the show which coincided with the half centenary of the NMBS Exhibition proved to be our busiest to date. I would like to thank everyone who visited or exhibited as well as all the NMBS team involved in staging and supporting such a major and successful event.”
NMBS’ award for ‘Stand of the Year’ went to power tool manufacturer, Milwaukee.