Printwear & Promotion Live! held at the end of February attracted over 5000 attendees in total, returning to pre-pandemic numbers and marking a significant increase on the April 2022 event, according to organiser Datateam.

With visitor numbers up from 4489 in 2022 to 5167 this year, event director Tony Gardner commented, ‘We were delighted with the visitor turnout this year with a 15% increase on the April 2022 show. The feedback received from both exhibitors and visitors confirms both the vibrancy of the market, and the importance of and need for the show to be an annual event for the industry.’

According to the organiser, there was ‘a real atmosphere of positivity on the exhibition floor this year’ as the show returned to its more regular February date in the industry calendar. This ‘upbeat vibe’ was also reflected in the hundreds of positive comments, photos and feedback that appeared on social media across the three days. Digital Textile Printer attended on the second day and did observe a high level of attendance, visitor interest and a positive atmosphere. Our own highlights from the event will be reported shortly here on this website.

Feedback from exhibitors was also positive, with many pleased to see the garment decoration industry thriving in a post-pandemic world. Rob Smith, director of Wilcom Europe, commented, ‘Printwear & Promotion Live! has certainly returned in full force in 2023. It was great to see the industry bouncing back from three hard years and starting to invest in new innovations, better quality, and greater efficiency.’

Tim Roberts, sales director at Chadwick Teamwear, added, ‘We received more enquiries and sample orders than any other event we have previously exhibited at.’

Next year’s event is provisionally scheduled to take place from Sunday 18 to Tuesday 20 February 2024.