2015 was the sixth year the CEL team visited the Gadget Show Live, and many loyal customers and visitors to the stand commented on how much we’ve grown since the early days. Our very first stand was manned by just two members of staff and we sold just one range of power tools. This year we had two stands at the show, with some 14+ staff members circulating and working their magic, demonstrating our expanded range of tools and the new Robox 3D printer.
Despite interesting competition from other 3D printing exhibitors at the show, our stands always seemed the busiest, and comments from visitors were extremely positive.
The Gadget Show Live is a family show, which is why the Robox had such great appeal – children and their parents were able to come and have a play with our Automaker software, have a go at using Tinkerplay and walk away with a 3D printed Minecraft figure, a souvenir carabineer or better still, a Robox logo t-shirt! The wonderful thing is that children ‘get’ the Robox – their excitement is infectious and they intuitively know what they would do with a 3D printer if they had one in their home or school.
And on the tools side, the response was as encouraging as ever, with customers returning to add to their existing Ion Pro tool set, or to invest in our new 14.4v range. Some customers just wanted to come back for a chat with Chris Elsworthy, with many remembering our MD’s stint on Dragon’s Den and finally purchasing the much-talked about POWER8workshop.
In addition to the presence we had in the hall, this year we were also asked to provide presenters to talk to audiences on the How it’s Made stage. Our experienced senior engineer Chris White entertained audiences on the Saturday, while sales manager Grant Mackenzie made his presenting debut during the week, to a fantastic response.
All in all the show was another success and we hope our customers left our stands excited about what we’re trying to achieve with both sides of the CEL business.