Versha Carter, Group Director of Diversified Communications confirmed that “Visitor numbers were up by 3% with an amazing 38% coming from outside of the UK. Not only did we have more actual bodies through the door but they stayed for longer which added to the show being the busiest ever. We have had many exhibitors saying that Ocean Business has now become the best ocean technology show in the industry and most certainly the one that offers the best return on investment. We went onsite for this event very much aware that the industry is still in the midst of challenging times and it was wonderful to see how Ocean Business provided that vote of confidence and delivered a much needed boost back in to the industry.”
The team were inundated with emails and telephone calls from exhibitors about the outstanding quality of this year’s show. They included Terry Sloane, MD of Planet Ocean, who said “It has been the busiest trade show we have ever attended, not just Ocean Business, but any trade show in the industry!”
Del Norte’s Laurie Smith felt the same, saying, “The best show. I get more leads at this show than any other major show that I exhibit at in the UK.”
Debbie Durgen from Klein commented, “This show has been phenomenal – it wasn’t just the quantity, it was also the quality!”
The training and demonstration sessions are a prominent part of Ocean Business and are what makes the event so unique. There were back-to-back workshops hosted over the course of the show with many of the sessions bursting with visitors – particularly those that were located in the dockside area. Visitors also enjoyed trying out products in test tanks and onboard vessels, as well as learning about technologies in training workshops and seminars. 1640 places were booked on 168 workshops with many sessions standing room only.
Showing commitment to the future of the industry, Ocean Business once again hosted the Ocean Careers event which aims to highlight the range of opportunities within the ocean technology sector. Always a popular element, 2017 was no exception, Paige Harrison a student from the University of Liverpool commented; “Ocean Careers is really, really good. I came here because I was unsure about what I’m going to do in the future, whether I’m going to continue with my masters or not and this has helped me clarify what’s actually happening and what I can do in the future”
Running alongside the exhibition, demonstrations, conference, associated meetings at Ocean Careers, was a schedule of ever popular social events, always a favourite at Ocean Business, providing the perfect platform for colleagues to catch up and do business. Vlad Lazar, Survey Engineer, Marine Research SRL, Romania commented, “A very good industry event where you can meet all the important players in the world of ocean and underwater exploration.”
Ocean Business will be returning to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK from 9th – 11th April 2019.