Coach & Bus UK 2023 - Cancelled
8th - 9th Nov 2023
Coach & Bus UK 2023, which was due to take place on 8th-9th November, has been cancelled.
Here is the statement issued by event organisers Diversified Communications: -
In the face of rising vehicle manufacturer withdrawals and attendee concerns, the organiser behind Coach & Bus UK has announced that the show, which was due to take place on 8-9 November in Birmingham, has been cancelled.
Diversified Communications Event Director, Helen Conway says: “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce that Coach & Bus UK will not take place as planned this November.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we understand the significance of the situation. For our exhibitors – who fund the show and rely on the increased business that it generates; for our visitors – who utilise the show to learn, to network, and to plan business developments, and to the wider coach and bus industry.
“We feel this decision is in the best interests of our exhibitors, partners and attendees, and that it is the right step to protect the long-term success of the industry’s premier meeting place.”
The decision has been driven by an unprecedented and exceptional combination of external factors. First, the many industry forces affecting new vehicle production that is impacting on manufacturers’ needs to exhibit this year. These include supply chain difficulties, full order books, significant business model changes and budget constraints following the pandemic.
“Second is our responsibility to deliver returns for our exhibitors. A lack of vehicles at the show is likely to impact visitor footfall, and we don’t feel that is a risk we can take.
“Third is meeting the expectations of our visitors, who have well-based preconceptions of the size and scale of the show from its long-standing history of success.
“We know that this will come as a disappointment to suppliers, operators, and the wider coach and bus community who were looking forward to attending. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time that we won’t be providing an annual industry trade show outside of the pandemic. However, by taking this decision, we can focus on delivering a brilliant Euro Bus Expo in 2024, that represents the full breadth of the sector.”
Distinctive Systems at Coach & Bus UK 2019