Confex portfolio director Jonny Sullens said that when the show moves to Excel in 2012 it will expand, adding that changes in the entry criteria, such as the cap on student attendees, was part of the reason for the visitor slump.
"Our high quality buyer audience together with our new hosted buyer scheme were instrumental in the amount of business being done on the show floor, which will only grow next year," he said.
Pfizer’s events representative Lisa Hemper said the event helps her save time. "It gives you the opportunity to ask all of your questions without copious emails going backwards and forwards. You can speak to someone, they know their business, they know what’s on offer and you can make a quick decision," she said.
Bayer’s events manager Julie Stamp added: "Everyone’s in one place and you can do it all in a day, so for me it’s ideal."
More mixed feedback was given to C&IT after the show, which ran from 1-3 March.