Naidex 2017: Why visit an independent living exhibition?

This year’s Naidex is just two months away, bringing together organisations from a huge range of different backgrounds from 28-30 March at Birmingham’s NEC.

Naidex is Europe’s biggest independent living exhibition, aimed at those in the trade, professionals and consumers. You can meet charities, try out new products, get expert advice and information and get a feel for what’s going on in the world of disability today. It’s a fantastic event – and this year’s promises to be bigger and better than anything before.

For those who’ve never been to an exhibition like this before, what do you get out of it? We’ve rounded up some very good reasons to head along to Naidex this year…

You get to meet the experts

By far the most appealing thing about Naidex is the fact that you get to speak to people who really know what they’re talking about. Whether you’re after information on funding, you’re thinking about purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle or you need some advice to do with your condition, there’s a pretty good chance there will be someone exhibiting at the show who’ll be able to help. Exhibitors include charities, bathroom companies, motoring, law firms, big names in technology, telecare firms, sports clubs, furniture companies, insurance companies, travel firms… the list goes on!

You can try before you by

Yes, you’ve got access to everything at your fingertips when you shop online, but you don’t get to have a good look at what you’re purchasing – and sometimes, what gets delivered is very different to what’s in the pictures. At Naidex, suppliers bring along a range of different products so you can get a good feel for them before you make any purchases. From wheelchairs to independent living aids, there’s all sorts to go along and try out.

There’s a fantastic speaker lineup

This year, there are loads of guest speakers to listen speak about a variety of topics. This year’s speakers include wheelchair basketball star Simon Munn, Mike Miller-Smith from Aerobility, journalist Dom Smith, Srin Madipalli from Accomable, Emma Millward from the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association, Shane Bratby from Disabled Entrepreneurs and many more! The various talks are aimed at different audiences, so whether you’re after some business advice, professional development opportunities or you simply want to boost your own knowledge, get onto the Naidex site and check out the speaker programme now.

It’s accessible

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, the event is fully accessible, with accessible parking and even a Changing Places toilet should you need it. So no headaches about getting around and encountering difficult barriers.

You’ll get to find out about some fantastic organisations

This year’s exhibitor list is really impressive. Amongst the 250 organisations exhibiting, you’ll find the German Tourist Board, Lewis Reed, Ottobock, Dogs Trust, SpaceKraft, The Wheelchair Football Association, BT, Barclays Bank, BlueAssist, Allied Mobility, Cyclone Mobility, DisabledGo, Fish Insurance and many more. 

It’s more than just an exhibition

There’s more to Naidex than wandering the aisle and checking out different stands. This year’s show boasts the Mobility Test Track where you can try out scooters and powerchairs on a variety of different terrains. The Live Demo Area in the Children’s Zone lets kids try out equipment in a safe, fun environment. The Next Generation Assistive Technology Summit is also there to showcase the latest innovations and to explore what’s to come next in terms of assistive technology. And there are networking opportunities too – there’s so much to get involved with.

And we’ll be there!

That’s right, you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the March/April edition at our stand, G71, and meet the team too!

So what are you waiting for? Head online to to book your free tickets!

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