Thanks for your thoughts.Terry Smart":zk7djb0s said:I seriously doubt that the Ally Pally show will ever return...
I think habit/history is much of the answer. There have been shows in the Midlands but lack of support from the trade, organisers and visitors (not necessarily in that order) has killed them off, certainly for the time being. Exhibitions are expensive things to take part in for all concerned and if the costings were carried out properly and every expense (seen and unseen) taken into account very few stand holders would walk away with a profit. For most, us included, it's important advertising and the value of sales generated during the year are important - or at least we hope so as we have no way of really knowing.Bluekingfisher":1calx5cv said:Why I ask then is/was the show not exhibited in a more central location in the country? I would have thought it, better for transport, easier access for exhibitors, less expensive for accomodation and no doubt less rental space fees?
I'm not sure Maidstone in Kent will be any greater a success, unless of course it is felt the majority of UK woodworkers live in the South East. I for one won't be negotiating the M25 to get there.
It's not what it used to be though, the old Seymour Hall show used to be really good, with a mix of trade stands, clubs, and demos (RTP flying above the ground floor stalls by Harry Butler, boats in the adjoining swimming pool filling it with choking diesel fumes!). It wasn't too bad at the Wembley Conference Centre either, although the number of rooms was confusing and we always left with a nagging feeling that we'd missed a whole section!The ME Show is still held there - next one towards the end of January