EXHIBITION NEWS June 2017 - Page 5

EDITOR’S LETTER STEPPING UP A s many of you reading this will realise, it’s not usually me sitting in the EN editor’s chair, writing this letter. The exhibition industry is full of opportunities – for those who want to take them – and this month’s issue is full of examples of event profs stepping up and grabbing those opportunities with both hands. Take Showlite, a company that realised it was time to diversify its offering, and which has set out on the path to becoming a full service supplier. Or look to Forest Exhibitions, who’ve leapt at the chance to introduce an established show brand to a whole new UK market. This is an industry not scared of moving outside its comfort zone, of transforming an initial idea into a thriving event, of embracing the opportunities presented by new ownership or investment, or of taking the time to embrace initiatives aimed at improving its working practices. Our cover stars, Completely Group (p20), are a perfect example. They entered the world of exhibitions almost by accident, and have both embraced and challenged this industry with their unique trade events. Whenever an opportunity presents itself you can be sure the people in this industry will step up and grab it, and I’m looking forward to meeting even more of you over the coming months. Summer’s here, grab a beer and enjoy the issue, NICOLA MACDONALD, ACTING EDITOR nmacdonald@mashmedia.net exhibitionnews.co.uk | June 2017 5