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Disappointing level of bookings prompts SBES 2009 cancellation

test 11 August 2009

UK: This year’s one-day Sound Broadcasting Equipment Show (SBES) will not go ahead, reports PSN-e. The news that the event – which had been scheduled to take place at the NEC near Birmingham on November 3 – had been cancelled was confirmed to PSN-e on Tuesday August 4.

At time of writing, a brief message conveying the cancellation but no additional information had been posted on the SBES homepage (link below).

In a brief statement, Dave McVittie from organiser Point Promotions said that it had become clear that the 2009 exhibition was unlikely to command enough bookings to ensure a successful event.

"Despite many promises of support and encouragement from previous exhibitors and having assessed the level of bookings to date for SBES 2009, we believe it highly unlikely that we will achieve the level of bookings necessary for a successful show," he said. "We suspect that this is due to current economic uncertainties. Therefore, with great regret, we are exercising the company’s option to cancel the exhibition."

Although the 2008 show was fairly small, it did afford a showcase for a number of important new developments from the likes of Glensound, Sonifex, PRECO (pictured), Audix Broadcast, Sound Devices and D&M Professional.

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