The care sector has signalled its overwhelming approval to the Care Show as the leading conference and exhibition saw its biggest attendance increase in years.

The Care Show (held on Oct 10 and 11 at the NEC in Birmingham) cemented its place as the sector’s favourite show among delegates, while more than 190 exhibitors reported brisk trading on the packed show floor, where new technologies and show-floor education hubs proved a hit with more delegates attending than ever before.

The show is under new ownership of specialist healthcare events producer CloserStill Media who unveiled the show’s 2018 manifesto ‘Building a Better Future for Care’ and a new refreshed brand identity for the Care Show.

“The Care Show has faithfully served its profession and the industry for many years and we believe it is time that the show benefited from a fresh injection of energy and resources from our highly experienced, award-winning healthcare events team,” says Michael Westcott, director at CloserStill.

CloserStill promises it will deliver a stronger, more practical training and education programme at the Care Show. Across its five-stream education and training programme it will focus on Business, People, Assets, Regulatory/Compliance and Excellence in Care from the frontline, sharing expertise and success stories from the some of the UK’s most innovative care home operators and service providers.

Alastair White, Marketing Consultant, Care England commented: “I personally think that the fact that CloserStill has taken over the Care Show is a very good thing for the sector. The Care Show has a particular role, a particular niche, in the calendar of events. I’m expecting the impact of CloserStill to be a positive one, with the amount of experience it can bring to bear. They have done a lot of work in building up the Health+Care Show over the last 3 or 4 years.”

Carl Archer at Care Home Environment magazine also believes the show will go from strength to strength under new ownership: “The impact of CloserStill taking over the Care Show can only be a positive thing going forward. We have close links with the show; this is our main event annually. It is really focused on our target market, both in terms of the delegates and the other exhibitors.”

More than 100% of the space of the 2017 show has already been booked by exhibitors into the new look 2018 Care Show.

“We have to be here – if you’re not here, you’re not sending the right message. This show is the one to go to,” said Olivia Nolan, Sales Executive, JLA.

“This is the best show in the UK,” added Harriet Adams, Healthcare Product Manager at Camira Fabrics.

Delegates continue to find the Care Show’s unique focus on arming them with practical tools and information to help their business was summed up best by the owner of Autumn Years Care: “The conference has been brilliant, very helpful for our business. We have been able to talk to a lot of people here in a very short time; it would have taken us a month to meet them all individually. The sessions and speakers are fantastic with varied content, and we have learnt a lot which we will take away and digest. We like looking at ideas and innovations in residential care to see if there are things that can crossover into domiciliary care.”

Care Show manager Michael Corbett added: “We must remain confident about the future of such a hugely important sector.  We want the Care Show to play a pivotal role in injecting newfound optimism into everyone striving to improve the lives of those living in care.”

The Care Show returns on October 17 and 18 at the NEC and will be delivered by CloserStill’s award-winning healthcare events team responsible for multiple health brands including Health+Care, The Pharmacy Show, Best Practice, The Dentistry Show, Occupational Therapy – The OT Show, The Therapy Show and Acute and General Medicine.

For the trade who want to find out more about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at Care Show 2018, please visit the web site at: www.careshow.co.uk or contact Arissa Aimes at arissa.ames@closerstillmedia.com or on 020 3957 6851.

For operators and service providers and care professionals interested in attending, please go to: www.careshow.co.uk to register your interest.