UK – On September 5 and 6 the first two shows of year’s APG expo took place at the Sandown Park Exhibition Centre in Esher and at Manchester United Football Club. The events were timed to coincide with the start of the crucial second selling season, the run-in to Christmas and New Year. According to the organisers Trade Only, the shows attracted more than 500 visitors, with 98 exhibiting suppliers presenting their products and services to the trade. “APG delivers what people want at this time of the year – face-to-face contact between exhibitors and distributors. We had a number of first time exhibitors this year who were amazed at how effective the shows were. Visitor quality was also very good with many leading distributors in attendance”, Nigel Bailey, Event Director for Trade Only, said. The APG show in Dublin on September 19, 2012 was still to take place at the time of going to press.