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Home Show 2023….our 10th Anniversary!

Wow! We can’t quite believe it but this year will be our 10th annual Home Show Exhibition and it will be taking place on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th September this year.

We are pretty much keeping to the format that has worked so well over these years and during the two day show we will be showcasing what makes us one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and designers of children’s playground equipment. Alongside factory tours and the chance to see brand new equipment in the playground outside our offices, we will also be hosting a series of seminars from leading influencers to the play industry.

  •  Imogen Clark & Susannah Walker, Co Founders & Trustees of  ‘Making Spaces For Girls’ – How to improve girls access to public spaces & all it’s considerations

Making Spaces For Girls are campaigners for parks and public spaces to be designed for girls and young women, not just boys and young men. They raise awareness of the issue, as well as using research and campaigning to ensure that the voices of girls and young women are heard in the planning process, they place teenage girls at the centre of all their work.

Imogen is a lawyer and feminist, she studied for a post graduate certificate in gender studies at Birkbeck, University of London. In addition to working for Make Space for Girls, she is a trustee of a local food bank and chairs the board of a London based campaigning charity; and reckons that if we want to challenge the unfairness we see around us, we need to campaign for structural change.

Susannah Walker’s varied career has included working in museums, as a TV producer for the BBC and Channel 4 and writing several books. She became outraged when she realised that not only had her local council only provided outdoor facilities for teenage boys, they didn’t propose to do anything about it either.  She particularly enjoys gathering data and finding great examples of spaces for teenage girls from other countries.

  • David Ball, Professor of Risk Management at Middlesex University – Litigation and how to respond or avoid it

David will be covering the evolution of thinking on the approach to risk and safety in general, which in turn will be linked to developments in public and child safety during recreation and play.

David is Professor of Risk Management at Middlesex University and has worked on a wide variety of hazards ranging from nuclear waste to diesel vehicle emissions and flooding. One of the most contentious topics has been child safety including whilst playing, with which he has been engaged since 1986. He is an adviser to the UK Play Safety Forum, and the UK representative on an international working group which is writing an ISO on risk assessment of sport, recreation and equipment.

  • Sarah Royal, Community Open Spaces Development Manager, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum – An insight into the work of the National Federation of Parks & Green Spaces

The Federation works with the dynamic and inspirational grassroots movement of over 6,000 local Friends of Parks groups, supporting volunteers who act on behalf of the communities who use and care about our vital public green spaces of all kinds.

They exist to represent their activities, issues and concerns and strengthen their passionate and knowledgeable voices and aim to share learning, develop good practice, and strengthen grassroots organisation, coordination and co-operation throughout the UK.  Most importantly, they raise the issues impacting on our open spaces, including seeking the effective protection and improvement of all the UK’s 27,000 public parks and green spaces.

Martin Griffin, Managing Director of Sutcliffe Play comments: “The Sutcliffe Play Home Show continues to grow and we’re delighted to welcome customers to get a real behind-the-scenes insight into Sutcliffe Play.  We’re looking forward to establishing long-lasting relationships with both current and new customers at this year’s event.”

The event is free to attend with refreshments served throughout the day. If you would like to attend please contact us on 01977 653 200 or email info@sutcliffeplay.co.uk

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