Exhibition Organisers Statement 2018


DC North delivered over 500 attendees, despite various road restrictions and train cancellations due to the weather on day 1.

The tone of the show was best summed up by one of our exhibitors, Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Director, Clarke Energy “The Data Centres North exhibition has depth and quality of delegates. We were delighted to receive a number of leads for potential customers looking at gas based power systems for data centres in UK and in Ireland, which we would not have received if we weren’t present.” And they were not the only company to express this thought.

The general feel from the show floor was that it was quality over quantity.

DataCentres North once again worked with our supporting Association/Organisations to identify and deliver relevant content addressing the various aspects involved in Data Centres Strategy and Operations inc: Infrastructure, Fire Safety, Connectivity, Edge Data Centres, Security as well as Future developments, Technology, Maintenance and Operations.

The conference streams featured over 40 individual presentations with some sessions in the Strategy Stream attracting over 40 delegates.

 “As usual I enjoyed every aspect of the event, which was (also as usual) really well organised and delivered. The venue is tremendous and not having parking challenges is a big plus. Of course I would prefer it in Liverpool but one cannot have everything.

I was able to attend some very useful presentations and participate in some of the sessions as well as having the useful opportunities to network with other sector professionals in the breakout periods and over dinner. The dinner was very good indeed and the speaker provided some light relief to the business of the event.

We all complain about ‘everything being in London’ and this event is a real opportunity to build something in the North of England.”  Michael Walker, Project Director AIMES Grid Network

The importance of these sessions to the delivery of quality attendees should be recognized, as many had planned the timing and length of stay to allow them to hear particular talks.

One of the things that seemed to please exhibitors was a lack of time wasters, allowing them to spend more time with those that were looking for meaningful business conversations.

“Where else can you meet so many data centre focused people at the same time in the north of England?  A great opportunity to catch up with colleagues in the industry and make new contacts.  The gala dinner event provided a great platform to network and was expertly entertained by Gary Richardson.” Tom Glover, Director, CBRE Data Centre Solutions

The Networking reception at the end of day 1, which was open to visitors, speakers and exhibitors attracted between 140 – 160 attendees and was acknowledged as a success by all involved.

Those who stayed for the dinner were even more impressed, with many comments stating that the relaxed nature of the event, Great Food, Venue and After Dinner Speaker which created a really good atmosphere where people could network, have fun and have enjoy the end of the first day.

Hugh Robinson, Exhibition Director

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