Picking up from the first PPC Live event in Manchester in 2014, the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is continuing to offer a national event for inter PestEx years. PPC Live is also portable, featuring in towns and cities that dont often host such events, so this year it was held at the East of England showground near Peterborough on 16 March 2016.
PPC Live follows the well-worn path of an exhibition accompanied by a seminar programme, similar to PestTech organised by the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA), but with perhaps more emphasis on the seminars. Also similar to PestTech, the large surrounding space facilitated not only easy car parking, but also a series of practical outdoor demonstrations, very similar to the PPC Live event held in Manchester two years ago. It was disappointing though that two outdoor organisations failed to turn-up.
|Nice light and airy venue
The exhibition hall was light and airy with plenty of space to mingle. With nearly 50 exhibitors present there were plenty of stands to attract the visitors and with numbers not enormous it was possible to have more in-depth conversations – particularly in the afternoon when the numbers dropped.
All the well-known manufacturers and distributors had stands, but so too did a number of organisations making their debut appearance – always an interesting facet. None more than the humane rodent trap displayed on the 4 World Designs stand and also demonstrated outdoors.
Services for pest controllers
To assist customers for pest control services, Which? Trusted Traders had a stand as did BookPestControl.Com who are new onto the scene and are looking for companies to sign-up on their price comparison site exclusively for pest control services.
Professionalism – EN16636
Best in show
Plenty of room in the seminars
The other seminars covered some interesting topics which Pest was pleased to attend and report on.
Everyone liked the light and spacious venue
|So – all in all – a day well spent. When quizzed BPCA chief executive Simon Forrester said: “Feedback from our 500+ visitors and exhibitors has been extremely positive. It was clear that there was a unified atmosphere of professionalism at PPC Live. Delegates had come to learn and network in a relaxed business environment, which was exactly what we were aiming for.|
|“PPC Live is laid out to allow people the time and physical space to have conversations with exhibitors and colleagues, and learn from a range of expert-led seminars, not sales pitches. We grew our exhibitor numbers to now become the largest one-day event in the UK calendar. I’d like to thank everyone for making PPC Live such a success, and urge you to attend one of our regional events near you during the coming months,” he concluded.
BPCA will be making some of the seminars available online to those on the free BPCA Affiliate Scheme in early April.
|What plans BPCA has for 2018 we will have to await and see. Next year, of course, it’s back to London for PestEx 2017.
Readers should watch out for further coverage of PPC Live in Pest issue 44: March & April 2016.