Event saved by exhibitorsA group of out-of-pocket exhibitors have stepped in to revive a show in Newcastle after the organiser failed to return their deposits.Bizotunity, owned by David Woods, was due to host an exhibition at the Sports Direct Arena (pictured) on 22 March. The Bizotunity B2B North East 2012 event was advertised with 153 exhibitors, but the firm pulled the plug, with many firms only discovering the cancellation on the day. The postponement came after Business Exhibitions UK (BEUK), a business also registered to Mr David Woods, cancelled business-to-business shows in Sheffield and Bournemouth. newswww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 11Business association Network North has now stumped up the remainder of the deposit, about £1,000, paid by Woods to hold the exhibition at the Newcastle venue on 24 May. All exhibitors owed money by Bizotunity will be allowed to exhibit for free."We've tried to come in and save the day," said Network North partner Marc Gordon. "We will give 40 spaces to exhibitors who have already paid, and we hope to find another 40." The event will be organised with Sodexo Prestige, which runs other events at the stadium, and Back Consulting.Bizotunity is registered at 14 Polypin Yard, Norwich, Norfolk, with Mr David UBM has acquired south American railway industry exhibition negocios nos Trilhos for an undisclosed sum. Grupo Revista Ferroviaria's annual trade show in sao Paolo attracted 180 exhibitors and 7,000 visitors in 2011, and generated revenues of £1.6m. The next edition will be held in november. UBM said negocios nos Trilhos is a complementary fit with its Intermodal transport exhibition in Brazil, which last ran in April, and overlaps with UBM Global Trade's Us rail industry products. The business' gross assets were £700,000 and the acquisition is expected to exceed UBM's capital costs in the first full-year. "negocios nos Trilhos will strengthen our position in the transport sector in Brazil and complement UBM's Us-based rail industry product set," UBM Live CeO simon Foster said. According to UBM, south America is investing into mass transport systems as a result of Brazil hosting the world Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.Woods listed as company secretary. Business Exhibitions UK (BEUK) is also registered at that address with Mr David Woods as company secretary. EN was unable to reach Woods for comment. BEUK was due to hold the North of England Business to Business Exhibition at the Sheffield Megacentre in November, and the South Coast Business to Business Exhibition at Carrington House Hotel in Bournemouth on 1 March. Both were subsequently cancelled. Owner of innov8 Conference Services James Caldwell called in trading standards officers after being left £290 out of pocket by BEUK. Caldwell's only contact with BEUK was a notification on 1 February that the planned Sheffield Megacentre, where innov8 was due to exhibit, had been cancelled. Norfolk Trading Standards officers then visited BEUK and Bizotunity's registered address but received no reply.Last summer, EN reported Business Events UK (BEUK), the organiser of the unsuccessful South of England Business to Business Exhibition 2011, had been dissolved. This third company was also registered to a Mr David Woods at the address used on exhibitor stand material by Bizotunity. UBM BUys railway show
Motorsport UK moves to Silverstone Wingnews12 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukThe Motorsport UK show is moving into the new Silverstone Wing from November. The event is relocating from the Ricoh Arena and will be rebranded Silverstone Motorsport UK. The Silverstone Wing was officially opened in May 2011 by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent. The two-day show is set to feature up to 150 exhibitors, and hopes to attract 8,000 visitors on 3-4 November at the Northamptonshire circuit, which has hosted the British Grand Prix since 1986. Last year, the event attracted 1,500 visitors. The show will include a fans' forum and Motors TV Main Stage hosted by presenter Gemma Scott, interviews with drivers, race team bosses and key figures from the industry. It will also use Stowe Circuit, a separate infield circuit with its own facilities, as part of The Silverstone Live experience, and The Track Driver Hot Laps experience, allowing visitors hands-on time with vehicles and teams. "The exhibition space will provide visitors with the chance to make contact and network with suppliers, organisers and key people from the industry in a prestigious setting," said Motorsport UK organiser Martin Capenhurst. The Silverstone Wing will The owner of The International Centre in Telford, southwater event Group, is a step closer to transforming the venue site into an entertainment and cultural quarter after eight restaurant and hotel brands signed up to its regeneration scheme. southwater andTelford and wrekin Council are embarking on a £250m, 10- to 15-year masterplan to transform the events venue and surrounding area into the commercial and residential heart of Telford. The plan is designed to provide exhibition and conference attendees with complementary facilities and attractions and includes a new retail district, bars, leisure centre, additional hotels, a learning and media centre, 11-screen cinema, ice rink, ten pin bowling, council buildings and a regenerated surrounding landscape. eight brands have now signed up to take the surrounding buildings alongside cinema operator Cineworld: Bella Italia, Chimichanga, Harvester, nando's, Premier Inn, Pizza express, wagamama and Zizzi. work is set to start on the site in the summer and be completed by the end of 2013. This next phase of development follows the launch of The International Centre's new Ludlow suite last year, adding another 1,000sqm of event space to the site. southwater chief executive Tom Gray said the new entertainment and leisure mix was vital to the convention quarter and will improve the town's night-time economy. "These additional hotel bedrooms, bars and restaurants will be right on our doorstep, opening up our facilities to even more event organisers, delegates and visitors," he said.Telford regeneraTion wins over key brandssoon host the Electric Vehicle and Low CO2 Fleet Show 2012. "Silverstone's unique motorsport heritage, combined with state-of-the-art exhibition and conference facilities, will provide the perfect backdrop for the show, making Silverstone Motorsport UK 2012 a fixture not to miss on the UK motorsport calendar," said Silverstone Circuits sales manager Daniel Whittemore.