Mach 2018 has triumphed at the prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards and Dinner 2018. Shortlisted in the category of Exhibition of the Year, Mach 2018 took the top prize.
Now in its sixteenth year the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards recognise, rewards and promotes best practice amongst Trade Associations in the UK. The annual event formally supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, 10th July 2018 at Draper’s Hall in London, with hundreds of guests from the UK’s premier trade associations.
James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, which organise Mach on behalf of industry, said of winning: “This is award is testament to all the hard work put in by the staff at the MTA and the Members of our Exhibition committee, but we would not be able to run such a longstanding and successful show if it wasn’t for our exhibitors.”
He continued “with a new look for Mach 2018 we were determined to showcase UK manufacturing and advanced engineering sectors to the highest possible standard, that is why the exhibition is recognised as the market leader in the UK.”
Mach 2018 delivered for its exhibitors with a 5% increase of trade visitors to the show. In the post-show questionnaire of exhibitors, 95% respondents said that they had generated leads for their sales team to follow-up post show. 77% of exhibitors reported improved customer relations over the course of the show. And 80% of exhibitors raised their company profile by attending the exhibition.
In the event program publication, the Trade Association Forum, said of Mach 2018 “The show, which is arguably a National Treasure, is clearly a huge success in every possible way.”
With the award-winning Mach 2018 over, preparations for Mach 2020 are already well underway, MTA announced. Space may already be on general sale, but some prime areas in the Halls are available through a ballot system and these are set to start to fill up over the coming months. Applications for Ballot 1 are opening at the end of July, Ballot 1 is for stands of above 200m², applications for this Ballot close on 5th September and the draw will take place on 7th September. Ballot 2 is for stands below 199m² and will open in September, with the draw taking place by the end of October 2018.