Two more comments have just come in from exhibitors who were at this week's event…

“Just got home, home from the range, where the buffalo roam and the tumbleweed blows. The PMS boys seemed busy but for most of today it was tumbleweed blowing down the aisles. I had to smile when Matthew Robinson (from the exhibition organisers) asked me if I wanted to sign up for next year and if I did he would hold 2009 rates.”

And here's a comment from one of those PMS boys…

“I thought I would drop you a line as our experience of Legal IT this year was different from that of your other correspondents. We were not looking forward to this year’s show especially after the snow arrived and we were convinced that our larger  stand was going to be populated by tumbleweeds blowing through the hall. The reality (for us at least) proved to be very different.

“I think it is right to say there were less people there but the ones that didn’t turn up were the leaflet collectors and local authority representatives that didn’t have anything else to do. We also saw far fewer clients this year than before. This would back up what we are seeing in trading with the new business sales holding up well whilst the existing client business has slowed down.

“We were busy for pretty much the whole of the two days (apart from a quiet patch on Thursday morning when Gerald Ratner was speaking). The venue still has appalling PA problems and it was difficult to hear any of the speakers. There were a couple of memorable occasions when a speaker was standing at the lectern talking through the PA system at full volume to their audience of three people. They would have been better chatting over a pint and a laptop!

“The firms we saw appeared to have a set agenda and a good idea of the suppliers they wanted to see. Decisions made recently by some suppliers have created a market of new business opportunities and many of them were using the show to have initial meetings. As a result it was apparent that there were some stands that had to ask firms to come back and see them later as they ran out of demonstration pods whilst others had little to do. We were in the former of these camps but there were suppliers with stands close to us who would tell a very different story.

“I would be very surprised if we do not sign at least one 100 user plus system as a direct result of being at the show which as you know will justify the cost of being there and give us some change.

“We have already booked the same slot again for next year.”