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OutdOOr expO tO GO with COnfexThe launch of International Outdoor Expo (IOEX) alongside International Confex in March will address a growing corporate market for outdoor events, UBM Live portfolio director Jonny Sullens claims. The show aims to host 150 exhibitors and bring in 4,000 dedicated visitors on top of those shared with Confex. According to Sullens, IOEX will face competition from Ocean Media's Event Production Show at Olympia in February and, to a lesser extent, the Showman's Show that takes place at Newbury Showground in October. "The Showman's Show is an excellent trade event sitting at the end of the season, but there is a gap in the market to attract the corporate audience," Sullens said. "That market is underserved at the moment and while we will be looking to attract conference organisers, our unique selling point is going to be looking at corporate business."This can include brand owners who organise their own events, or third-party agencies. Sullens added IOEX will benefit from Confex's corporate event organisers and exhibitors audience. IOEX and Confex will run from 6 to 8 March 2012 at Excel.enhanced exhibition space planned for norfolkThe Royal Norfolk Agriculture Association (RNAA) has released sketches of a new exhibition space at Norfolk Showground. The artist's impression shows how major investment in the venue could fund construction of a two-storey circular entrance foyer and enhanced facilities for visitors. A planning application has been submitted to South Norfolk Council and if given the go-ahead, work could start in October and be completed by late spring 2012. The enhanced building will accommodate 4,000 people standing and 1,800 seated. The new two-storey reception would hold 100 people."We have been working towards this major investment for several years, including a research project with the University of East Anglia Business School to evaluate the need for a quality facility in this area," RNAA chief executive John Purling said. "We already run consumer events most news8 throughout the summer and this new improvement to the current building will provide a first-class venue for larger events as well as corporate use all year round." Purling added the renovated venue would fill a gap in the exhibition and events market. Other proposed additions are a complete redesign of the building's interior and a new heating system that will allow greater height availability in the hall. Upgraded acoustics and a new cladding system may also be installed.Informa is moving IPeX world, one of the world's largest print industry trade shows, to excel London after more than 30 years at The neC. The next edition of the quadrennial show will take place at excel London from 26 March to 2 April 2014. "we're moving back to the show's spiritual home," Informa print events portfolio director Trevor Crawford told EN. "The neC has been a good host for a long time, and until recently there weren't any genuine alternatives." The move, which Crawford said had been considered since the opening of excel's International Convention Centre, suits Informa's plans for the show's future. "Forty-eight per cent of visitors come from outside the UK and we believe we can do that more successfully in London," he continued. "It's also a highly complex show due to the level of machinery present. As excel is a relatively new venue, it has additional benefits: no columns, pillars and no nooks and crannies.""naturally we are disappointed that we will not be hosting Ipex in 2014," said The neC MD Kathryn James. "we handover to excel following the event's most successful show in 2010."Informa has also launched a new printing exhibition. Cross Media 2012 will take place in september at the Business Design Centre. informa's iPEX movEs to LondonChanging sports show fortunes It appears when one sports show ends, another launches. VOs Media is launching a new event to coincide with its sports and leisure events The Outdoors show and London Bike show and with British Marine Federation's London International Boat show. Active Travel show will make its debut from 12 to 15 January 2012 at excel London, with one ticket giving visitors access to all four shows. sales manager at The Active Travel show, Mike simmonds, said the show's launch has been driven by an ever-increasing number of travel companies and tourist boards taking part in The Outdoors show over the past 10 years. The news came hot on the heels of Brintex's decision to cancel its HUB 2011 surf and skate equipment and apparel show due to lack of exhibitor commitment. Despite netting some well-known brands for the event, the lack of overall exhibitor interest made the exhibition unviable, a spokesperson said. UK organisers call for global safety standards The MD of event consultancy firm X-Venture Global Risk solutions is calling for widespread support for a standardised set of health and safety rules aimed at helping UK exhibition organisers working abroad. The G-Guide, a self-help document endorsed by UBM Live, Reed exhibitions, DMG events, Mayridge and Clarion events, is a set of health and safety rules conceived by operations directors that are designed to give UK organisers working abroad a clear set of rules to present to overseas venues. "nobody really understands the law," X-Venture MD simon Garrett told the audience at last month's event Logistics Live conference. "There aren't any coherent guidelines for what the standard should be, so they've written their own. "The more venues you take it to and say 'these are the standards' the better it will be for all of us." The debut event Logistics Live was held at excel London on 2 to 3 June and was attended by 173 delegates from the freight and logistics industry.