Sourcing – Manufacturing – Outsourcing
Via the seminars, workshops, demonstrations and exhibition, Making Cosmetics offers access to over 150 contacts – companies, organisations, experts, brand owners – who can provide answers, information, technology, and ideas for sourcing, manufacturing and outsourcing personal care products and taking them from concept to consumer.
Making Cosmetics features developments that allow branded / private label manufacturers and brand owners to respond effectively and efficiently to consumer demand in ever competitive markets.
Free to Attend
Making Cosmetics is FREE TO ATTEND. Don’t miss this ideal option update your knowledge on a wide range of issues essential to effectively and efficiently producing personal care products. Making Cosmetics is two days packed with content ideal for anyone looking to:
- Develop products that are fit for purpose, stable and compliant
- Increase efficiencies, enhance productivity, save costs, cut the time to market
- Find new developments in technology and technique
- Source competitive pricing, value for money, new standards in cost/performance
- Access the latest thinking in good manufacturing practice and hygiene
- Design, manufacture and market products in a controlled, safe and audited manner
- Investigate improvements in effectiveness, performance and efficacy
- Enhance product performance, application or appeal
- Meet the demands of a legislative and regulatory framework that affects every part of the manufacturing and supply chain
- Design and buy packaging in a manner that enhances brand success
- Enhance speed to market, flexible manufacturing practice
- Learn from the experiences and successes of other brand owners
- Maintain quality, safety, stability
- Identify opportunity through market trends and data
The above are key elements in the development and manufacture of products that are safe, effective, innovative and successful; that meet the requirements of ever demanding consumers; that allow continual investment in brands and that increase margins (without sacrificing volumes).
Making Cosmetics LinkedIn Page
If you are a member of LinkedIn and would like to be kept informed of developments by that means and / or want to raise key issues in sourcing, outsourcing or manufacturing personal care products, then you can join the new Making Cosmetics group.
Just type Making Cosmetics into the drop down search box on the LinkedIn site – best to select the groups option first – and you will be directed to the Making Cosmetics group.
- Brand owners – small, medium and large
- Entrepreneurial formulators and product developers
- Importers of foreign cosmetics and toiletries
- Responsible / qualified persons
- Process development chemists
- Process engineers and managers
- Quality assurance managers
- Testing laboratory managers
- Legal compliance managers
- Marketing executives
- Product managers
- Business development managers
- General management
The Visitors’ Perspective
Making Cosmetics attracts a broad range of attendees across the spectrum of the personal care and associated industries in the UK (including GSL & OTC) – as well as attracting a small number of international visitors too. Here is what a number of visitors said about the event.
Overall Visitor Comments
No recommendations, very well organised exhibition
The leads and follow up withinUKand Europe/china will be useful for us to review business potential as this is a new field for us.
I hope it continues as I feel that it supports more creativty in the market.
Three day event instead of one.
Brilliant venue and parking. Snacks and drinks were very expensive though. Event was geared more towards big corporate businesses. Found the seminars I attended very useful.
Making Cosmetics was inspirational especially when hearing from those who already owned a cosmetic brand such as Merumaya andYanacosmetics. However I felt that Making Cosmetics served to trivialise or subordinate colour cosmetics by placing it as an afterthought as the last seminar of the day.
Better than I thought it was going to be with regards to range of exhibitors. More relevant to me than SCS Formulate.
Overall a interesting event
A very rewarding and wonderful event. I am fully satisfied with it and I look forward to future ones.
Interesting exhibition – hope to see it grow in the future
Totally satisfied with the information and experience gained at the event
Glad to see you are moving to the Ricoh although further to travel having the exhibitions in separate rooms makes it awkward to get around. Catering also not the best although better than last year.
Found attending useful.
I thought attending this event was very useful and look forward to next year’s event.
A larger venue may be able to accommodate a greater number of exhibitors.
The venue was probably just the right size and accessible by train. I think that unless more exhibitors are attracted the size of venue has to be considered and it may be swamped by a larger venue.
I think it was brilliant. Maybe you might want to consider including biodynamic suppliers too. It’s a grade ‘better’ than organic.
This year venue was great as it was easy to get to. The seminars was very useful, definitely include seminars regarding any regulatory updates in the future.
Good exhibition, poor seminars. Not only the quality of some of the seminars but there duration. Suggest organising committee spends a little more time on programme content. I appreciate that formulators are not frequently recognised in academic circles but we have some great cosmetic scientists in theUKwho should have been invited. Please consider this for next year,
On the whole a good event.
I enjoyed it very much
Well worth attending – well done to the organisers.
Increase the number of manufacturers attending.
Well done see you in November
Good exhibition where I gained valuable information
Better catering facilities given the size and subscription to the event please.
I felt that signage from car-park to venue door could have been better.
Professional looking check-in area though.
Maybe need larger area for people to get-together and discuss things – venue felt cramped.
Seminars were well run and very well attended which is positive.
Good to see this inUK. Hopefully exhibit will grow.
It’s a shame you are changing venues as the NMM is an excellent venue.
I would like to see more exhibitors to help with taking products to the shelf/consumer.
I think the Ricoh Arena will be a better venue having attended Formulate in 2012.
Not sure if the Ricoh is the best venue for this.
Continue the excellent work.
All in all was good and will hopefully attend next year.
Definitely worth to attend, interesting seminars, lots of new ideas.
This year timing was very close to the Packaging Innovations show inBirminghamwhich was far from ideal. A bigger gap would mean it’s easier to make time to attend.
Please allow seminars to all be standard length.
I think the venue needs to have better catering facilities
The move to a bigger venue is most welcome.
Exhibition a bit cramped so move to Ricoh should help. Seating area near catering.
I liked the venue it was just the right size but I am glad to hear it is at the Ricoh as this is on par with the Motorcycle venue.
I think this exhibition will grow quite quickly.
Not that relevant for more developed businesses.
I expected to learn something which would help me to solve my problems. Exhibitors more advertised themselves and talk about their company than help solve a problems.
Very Informative – good atmosphere.
Would have preferred next years event to be at theMotorcycleMuseum.
The event has huge potential, It is great that it is moving to a larger venue.
Branding and marketing.
We would like to see some contract manufacturers who are willing to do contract on small volume of production such as 10kg for each contract products and by doing these, they will get contract work from small companies like us. We could not find any contract manufacturer this time since they all do above 100kg contract work. It was quite pity as they did not want to know if your production volume is small.
Why would you change exhibition venue? This year’s one was just great and very convenient to travel even from abroad.
Well organised event, Brilliant!
Ricoh Arena is a far more befitting location with much better facilities. TheMotorcycleMuseumis a great location, but the facility is dated, with no seating area’s for lunch etc.
I think the move to the Ricoh Arena will be a huge benefit to the event. I attend Formulate SCS there and it was a very good event. I look forward to seeing the 2014 show and the changes made. Good Luck
It is one to watch. We did not need to exhibit here this year but one day we might.
It is good to see a successfulUK trade show that can attract good numbers
The registration and event organisation was excellent, on the day the parking was well signed and welcome desk efficient.
Great exhibition, I will look forward to next year’s. Well Done.
Generally worthwhile, Good overview of most aspects of industry.
Please see mentioned before.
Very informative, Good seminars excellent exhibition.
We will be considering exhibiting and would welcome further information regarding next year’s event.
Make sure you can easily feed a crowd. Since I did not drive to the venue and was staying at a hotel, easy, affordable transportation accessibility is a must.
Better catering and more places to sit and have a drink or read.
Needs more general seating area
It can be a bit difficult to work out a schedule that allows for enough time to get to seminars and to get to exhibitors. Exhibitors became very crowded during breaks in seminars. It might be useful to have time at the start and the end of the day that is just for circulating. The change of venue will help, although the Ricoh is not quite as accessible as theBirminghamvenues if you are travelling by plane or train.
Well done to all at Step & it’s partners for making this event such a success!
Have seminars for beginners at the start on day one so they can get the most out of meeting exhibitors.
Seminars need to be longer and allow for more in-depth coverage of each subject.
Workshops need to be more hands-on actually doing some mixing/design etc. or allow more discussion to take place. A less formal layout of the room would facilitate this better say working in groups and comparing groups.
Like the exhibition, But place was a bit crowded and complicated to find rooms.
Fantastic exhibition…make sure you keep the same friendly and collaborative atmosphere at the new (presumably larger) venue.
Would recommend this event
I found the seminars on the first day of Making Cosmetics very interesting and informative.
More cosmetics and toiletries manufacturers to be present at the exhibition.
Mainly went for seminars
It is good to attend a show covering every subjects except the ingredient suppliers as there are already such shows existing. Very informative.
Stall space should be slightly cheaper!
I attended as someone researching the sector, for which I found it very useful.
Looking forward to attending in 2014, Thank you .
Very good – amazing to see how much bigger and better the 2013 exhibition was compared to the 2012 event.
More exhibitors to make it worth taking a full day out.
I have the date in my calendar.
I found the exhibition very well organised and well run. More exhibitors would be an improvement as it did not take long to see everything and the journey time necessitates a longer stay.
It would be great to see more exhibitors. I would be interested to hear more about small laboratories for a small producer.
It would be good to allow five minutes between seminars to allow for room changes etc.
Would like to see more exhibitors.
An excellent exhibition. Thank you!
Reasonable small exhibition
It was quite a good venue for meeting clients centrally, But the venue struck as a bit pokey and the food was dire, vastly overpriced and poor quality. Staff manning food were rude and ignorant. Finding the place was hard with sat nav regretfully taking us elsewhere. The staff receiving us were pleasant and helpful. The stands seemed busy we met with people easily though. The sound at the seminars was dreadful if you were further back than the front rows.
Improve catering on offer.
More workshop / interactive sessions.
More free time when seminars not running.
I would like to see more technical talks.
Good, More coffee stations needed.
Very good exhibition – would be great to see even more exhibitors
Change of venue may not be a good idea.
More talks from customers.
Generally a good day.
Great exhibition, but I’m disappointed to hear it will move from the NMM as some of the seminars were attended by hundreds of people and I don’t know how you will accommodate so many comfortably in meeting rooms at the Ricoh arena.
Very good targeted exhibition which sets it apart from other events. More exhibitors would enable us to do more than one job at a time.
More regulations seminars.
Nothing to add except the national motorcycle museum is a better/nicer venue than Ricoh Arena.
The basis of the concept is great. There are certain areas of the industry that still need to included to make it the one-stop shop of cosmetics it hopes to be.
Lots of key suppliers were present which helped, It helped me visit competitors in the field all in one place.
Being based in the North-West,Coventryis difficult to get to so next years show will have to be a maybe.
It is a manageable exhibition with plenty to see/hear.
Hope the show doesn’t lose the cosey feel it had at NMM
The breadth of exhibitors was good and the attendees knew their stuff. It was an effective way to see what is available, meet experts and come away with clear approaches in mind.
Catering could be improved and as the exhibition grows, perhaps a better venue.
Good selection although I wasn’t too keen on the biological aspects as I deal more with makeup than actual lotions etc. Perhaps it is something that may be of interest to me in the future, However I am sure other attendees would have found them useful.
Really impressed with the whole show.
Very impressed overall.
Could become the key exhibition for our industry in the future and we are considering exhibiting next year. Please keep the prices as keen as they are now!
Ricoh Arena is a good choice and will be better
I would have said better venue however the venue will be different next year anyway.
I understand that companies are more conscious of giving information away for free and that most presentations were not handed to the audience. Is there a way you could improve on this?
Good and the price was right.
Very good experience.
I enjoyed the experience and I would love to attend again.
Overall very positive: a very informative exhibition in a convenient venue.
Well organised and informative.
A good general first insight for my company into cosmetics and any potential powders business opportunities.
I would have liked to be able to attend seminars all day and to have had time to then visit stands but unfortunately it closed too early. Also would have like more table and seating space to be able to go through accumulating information.
Ideal for people who are just starting out in the industry just like myself.
More geared up for corporate business rather than small scale producers.
The catering was poor because it could not adequately deal with the number of people there.
No real seating areas so people sitting on the floor to have a drink/snack.
A good event.
Very useful for gaining more experience about new regulations.
Well organised and a big asset to be part of it.
Had been intending to meet with a company that had been indicated on the website that they would be attending – but they didn’t have a presence at the exhibition. Not sure if they had attended the previous year, thus leading to the confusion. Some of the seminars were very interesting – but not quite long enough, meaning that the information delivered was only a brief snapshot. Would have liked to be able to get copies of some of the presentations – some people offered that, but not all (when the information is being delivered so quickly it’s hard to capture all of the useful points).
Good place for contacts.
Well organised and everyone was friendly and helpful. A great place to be.
It’s a good exhibition.
Appeared to be more space than last year, the last exhibition was very crowded
Useful for making new contacts.
Very professionally setup and efficiently presented.
It was very good.
Rather smaller than I expected, varied exhibitor list.
Good exhibition but may have needed more on how cosmetics will become even more regulated like the pharmaceutical industry.
I enjoyed the event.
Very informative, Excellent lectures.
Overall quality of exhibitors. One annoying aspect, I requested samples from one company who have not responded.
Good, Good, Good.
Great to meet existing suppliers and potential new suppliers at one venue.
Extremely useful to attend.
An interesting couple of days. Great location, but getting a little squashed compared to last year. Look forward to the new location in 2014. Breaks needed between seminars to allow time to visit stands.
Great exhibition, I would visit again next year especially if more raw ingredient exhibits attended.
This year there were specific reasons to attend MC2013 and it was valuable. However, as a supplier of raw materials to the cosmetics industry, there was not too much of value in many of the exhibitors, servicing the formulation market.
This was very informative. The seminars were brilliant but could have fewer so that the ones that are presented could be longer.
Good overall, Good location and access.
From my perspective as a sales & business development function of a contract manufacturer it is a strange show to visit as there is not many exhibitors that I need information from (apart to see competitors). I concluded best way to get most out of show for me would be to exhibit.
Excellent and I have 3 companies to follow up.
Need to sort out the catering and areas to sit and relax. Myself and colleague ate our lunch in the car…..
The food was too over priced and the hot drinks were not hot enough. There were no proper seating arrangements.
A good nicely maturing show.
Good location – not too large. Focused range of exhibitors.
Seminars were informative.
Well attended and had variety of exhibitors and consultants.
Easy place to get to.
Very interesting. I received a lot of information on all the testing that I need for the new legislation.
It was a very tight area for the exhibitors and felt a little claustrophobic.
It was informative and fairly useful.
More information about what food will be available before the event.
Very useful when making your own business and searching for the new solutions.
Good may go next year.
A worthwhile exhibition for anyone involved in the cosmetics industry. Venue was a bit small, layout a bit unconventional.
Very informative 2 days, with lots of interesting and useful seminars. The exhibitions were ranged and offered a lot of information regarding new ideas.
Good busy exhibition.
Good show considering it is only 2 years old, Could outgrow venue quite quickly.
Good as an entry into the market, Lacking some detail.
Useful, Good meeting place, Good venue.
Very small but informative.
The facilities could not cope with the number of people at lunch time.
Well put together, Nice to have a wide supplier base, Good to improve on this even more for next year.
Most exhibitors are really good at with communication but a few are not helpful and it seemed that they did not want to talk to you at all. We wondered why they came to the Show and exhibited there.
No place enough for sitting down for a coffee or a bite. Like being on a Ryanair flight. Staff were great although.
Well organised, Helpful staff and brilliant content.
Informative, Excellent content. Venue not befitting the industry however.
Not really sure as went for the talks.
My first visit. Informative & useful. Catering was ok. Seating was very poor.
It was a lively and interesting show. Most of the exhibitors I spoke to complained about the poor catering provision for their own staff and the visitors. My own experience was OK but I was only there for a few hours so an expensive hot drink in a paper cup outside the exhibition was enough.
The event would be good if you wanted to hand over full production of your products but not for those involved in R&D as the raw material manufacturers and suppliers were not present.
Excellent event. I was busy for two full days straight as there was so much to see and so many seminars to attend. Great range of exhibitors and subjects covered within the seminars.
Worth the trip / days away from daily activities.
Would be nice to have a space to eat as there was no space to stand and a very poor choice of food. Would be good to have exhibitors targeting very small producers and companies were such small companies could find small min quantities producers and well priced services.
Very informative and variety of exhibitions and seminars.
I was pleased with the range of exhibitors but feel that a venue that contains the full number of stands, rather than spreading across three rooms would be an improvement.
Free admission was very good.
A very good exhibition.
Did not like the venue at all. Seemed to be an odd choice of pairing a motor museum with innovative cosmetics and manufacturing.
Could have done with some more ingredient suppliers and more space to sit and reflect.
Excellent show. Fast becoming a ‘must see’ exhibition on the circuit – watch out Cosmoprof!
A very enjoyable experience. More general seating would have been useful.
I was a little disappointed but I was probably expecting more ingredient information.
I was there the first day and enjoyed it and came back with lots of information.
Felt a bit rushed with having such short seminars. Sometimes I missed planned seminars as I was in deep discussion with some of the exhibitors and attended unplanned ones when I was free. Prior booking seemed a bit pointless in the end. There was always sufficient space for everyone who wanted to attend each seminar.
In general, I enjoyed it and it was useful to what I needed to find.
A great little show. Attended off the back of Cosmoprof Worldwide and whilst they are chalk and cheese this was actually the more useful, relevant and enjoyable event. Superb seminar program, interesting and easily accessible venue. Friendly and collaborative atmosphere.
Enjoyable and informative event.
I would like to see more raw material supplier exhibitors
Generally informative. Not many chemical ingredient suppliers though.
I thought it was worth attending, The location is good & a nice size for the event.
Well organised, structured and a good show.
It would be useful for us to see more production equipment (machinery, filling line…) for small to medium size company, and more testing laboratories (toxicology, microbiology).
Too small. Not enough variety of suppliers – quiteUKcentric which, in a more global and European market, seems too limited.
Maybe should have more “raw materials” exhibitors. Too much packaging or lab testing…
Was a really good exhibition, Very productive for me and met a lot of interesting people . Look forward to the next one !!!
Very good – amazing to see how much bigger and better the 2013 exhibition was compared to the 2012 event
Enjoyed the show – didn’t really see much in the way of new ideas / innovations though
It was organised very efficient and some lectures were very interesting.
Excellent way of talking to your peers about the challenges facing the cosmetic industry
Not enough places to sit and eat.
We met some fantastic new companies which we will be now working with.
Good overall exhibition.
This was our my visit, I would in the future like to see more cosmetic/toiletries suppliers exhibit.
The seminars should be information giving and not about making sales.
Very pleased that I took the decision to attend. Made some useful contacts, and gained plenty of helpful information.
Good local exhibition.
Useful and convenient location.
We only came for one day as we felt we had covered all the stands more than once during that time and had caught the most relevant seminars.
A very good conference to attend if you work for a business and our looking for advice about the cosmetics market. However, there were not many technical talks on cosmetic science, which would have been more relevant for me.
Great show and not too big.
Well organised and laid out. Seminar room B was not ideal as some of the speakers were difficult to see and hear from certain areas of the room.
A great exhibition – would definitely come back next year.
A good exhibition that feels intimate and has a range of exhibitors to attract a variety of attendees.
Second time of attending the NMCM, a good venue, a worthwhile couple of days.
No food places took card. No cash point.
First time attendee – a useful and informative day. A good size exhibition with some interesting seminars.
Excellent range of exhibitors, everyone was very helpful on the stands.
Presentations were good, range of suppliers was interesting, but I was hoping to see more chemical / materials suppliers.
There is a market for a wide ranging cosmetics exhibition from a brand owners prospective. Making cosmetics has the base for this but needs to incorporate a more complete range. i.e. ingredient suppliers (not so it becomes SCS Formulate though). Being able to potentially solve all the brand owner quandary’s at one exhibition would be vary beneficial.
It was interesting to attend as a visitor for 1/2 day. Great for meetingUKindustry specialists.
A great platform for both visitors and exhibitors.
The only downside is that the exhibitor area is rather small & the catering at the NMM left a lot to be desired! The seminars for me are the real selling point.
Overall very good. We came to learn about regulatory and new cosmetics regs.
Needs to maintain focus on all aspects of making cosmetics other than raw materials & formulation so as to be distinct from Formulate. Nice to see niche brands & suppliers instead of all the big boys.
The place to meet potential partners and learn about the various components of a complex industry in one place.
A bit too small to be worth a day out – hope it expands to make it more worthwhile visiting.
Good improvement from last year, more exhibitors and it felt busier on day 1 when I attended.
A well run exhibition.
Very impressed with location, organisation and range/variety of Exhibitors. Would definitely attend again.
A useful seminar to those who wish to make their own cosmetics.
From a larger company I found that the exhibitors were showing equipment we already have and use and more aimed at smaller businesses or businesses that were starting up. Catering was poor choice would have been nice to have other options than sandwiches or have it in a location where other choices of foods were available. Not enough seating for you to look over information, wait between seminars or eat lunch.
I was very impressed with the whole show and would highly recommend to anyone in the industry.
Enjoyable 2 days. Increased knowledge of cosmetics.
Good show with great seminars.
It was good and the price was right!
Pleasant and informative visit.
Exhibition has given me a better general understanding of the industry and technologies.
Prepare additional technical information for our customers having understood better the concerns of formulators.
Updated my work colleagues on the new Cosmetics Regulation July 2013.
We have just spent over £2000 with an exhibitor that we didn’t know existed before this event.
Continue to learn more about industry at further events.
No actions other than to write up notes from seminars attended.
Asked some exhibitors to contact me.
Used information from seminars to have a better understanding of the industry.
Follow up meetings / information requests from potential clients.
Perhaps a little more time between seminars to be able to ask more questions and hear answers.
Allow the Seminars to be on an online server so they can be viewed by only those attended.
The seminars were very relevant but the topics were much too large for the time allotted therefore making the seminar appear too vague. I believe that handouts would be a necessity.
Seminars were relevant but generally of poor content.
The three on manufacturing were very similar maybe it would be helpful to decide which person would cover which element to give a more cohesive approach,
The sessions from CTPA and the man from Boots were extremely relevant and informative.
I was surprised at just how good the talks were. I found them really interesting – much more than I usually do at such events.
The seminars aimed at startups on day 2 would have been more useful on day 1 in order to be better informed before approaching exhibitors
Room B wasn’t as good as Room A but I understand you moving venue’s next year so this can be addressed?
I found them too short for any of the speakers to go into sufficient detail for the information to be of a particular use. Rather they raised awareness and highlighted issued for further investigation. The lack of time for questions was also a bit frustrating.
Some were appalling – nothing but glorified sales pitches but others (e.g Tangible presentation on Consumer research on packaging) was excellent.
Really enjoyed attending, Very productive ….just wish was closer to where I live!!!
I would like to see more in depth presentations. While all the ones I attended were well presented, several, for me, were rather too shallow.
A little too brief due to the short timescale of each lecture. 30-40 minutes would be better and less rushed.
Although I found the seminars informative and presented by knowledgeable experts, I felt some of them were a bit too general and superficial – perhaps trying to cover everything in a limited time. Maybe a few in-depth case studies could provide more insight?
Excellent source of invaluable information and experience….mostly all were well delivered
very informative, and very well summarized with the time given.
Useful and informative.
Although the seminars topics were appropriate, I felt that the timings between each seminar were not good because they did not provide much of a gap in time to travel from one seminar to another. Having said that the seminars put me in the right direction of what I should be doing and thinking about.
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Useful and informative
It was very useful
Extremely helpful and very informative
They were well presented and very useful.
Well attended, informative, ideal venue
Very useful and informative.
Very good learned a lot
It was great for keeping up to date and continuous learning
Overall pretty good and informative.
Most of the seminars were self marketing.
Didn’t learn anything new , but generally interesting
Very good all round general knowledge. They were not however detailed enough – possibly due to the audience type.
Some were excellent and inspirational but some where quite dull and not very informative, it was dependant on the presenter.
This year there were a small number of seminars very relevant to our business supplying cosmetic formulators and as such I attended and found these to be useful in understanding our customer requirements.
A great supportive tool in getting to grips with the extensive requirements of the new July 2013 Cosmetic regs – I feel more confident in a lot of aspects of ensuring our product range is legally compliant. I also feel far more focused and sure of what I need to do in what were previously grey areas!
Excellent venue, probably the friendliest exhibition and seminar I have attended in 5 years. So easy to get to, free parking, Simple to get around to everyone.
By their nature not as deep as I would like, but good for getting the basics.
Well organised for the most part and good content that was relevant to the exhibition.
For me they were simple, but there is a reason. As a contract manufacturer of Skincare / Personal Care products I went to see what advice & help potential clients were being given in how to find and manage their way through the development process. To see what advice they were given about how to choose suppliers. This aspect was very good – I couldn’t have put it better myself. A couple supposedly on market trends were a little weak in substance and direction.
Very useful and informative.
Easy to navigate. Good selection of contract manufacturers.
They were informative and interesting.
Very useful but would be helpful if timings of two rooms ran simultaneously so could move from one room to the other.
A little more depth as they were at a very basic level.
Quite general. Some speakers did a company PR stunt- talked about their company and not the general knowledge in the industry which they were supposed to.
The seminars were really very good. It would have been nice to get some handouts (maybe from the stands in the hall) relating to the actual subject of the seminars.
Fine but need more on packaging , I’m biased.
Very well presented with lots of valuable information.
Full of information excellent speakers.
Very useful and informative and handy to attend for an overview. There were some good explanations in there that made sense of quite complex pieces of legislation e.g. Cosmetic Regulations information.
Not as good as I expected.
Good overview. Two concurrent sessions made it difficult to attend all the appropriate seminars and left little time to visit stands.
Useful, good meeting place, good location.
Very enjoyable. Very informative.
They were extremely interesting and informative, especially as it was free of charge to attend.
Well put together and informative. Maybe somewhere to sit and eat next year….
The seminars are very useful. However, some talks are too quick and brief therefore, these talks are for passing information only. We would like to hear some technical talks in your next year’s Making Cosmetics Show.
Interesting; Useful, well-organized.
Useful, concise, good timing, relevant.
Really informative and a good mixture of more specialised seminars and general (for non formulators).
Thought several of the speakers that I saw were excellent:
Katie Middleweek, Pauline Hilli, Kevin Vyse, Theresa Callaghan.
They made there subjects really interesting where usually at such events I find it hard to stay awake! One criticism is of talks which are just basically a plug for the company giving the talk – they really are boring to listen to!
The seminar is very informative and educative.
The seminars were fantastic however there were so many back to back I struggled to reach all that I intended to, combined with visiting the exhibitors as well. Some presentations were rushed due to time constraints.
Mostly accurate, informative and useful.
Seminars were good to attend but felt like too much pitching as the companies only had 20 minutes. Hence felt like less information that I expected.
I was particularly impressed with James Davies presentation with regards contract manufacturing and the importance of relationship building. The seminars were well patronised which is very pleasing.
The venue was interesting, but difficult. Cramped exhibit space, lack of easy food, etc.
Very useful for a first timer. I would expect business seminars to drill into more details if I was to attend again.
I thought the event was well organised apart from there being not enough seating/meeting area,
Not sure if the seminars where quite what I was expecting. Seemed very basic. Also the event was geared towards SME’s again I don’t think this was evident from the marketing.
Some were very useful, Led by thoughtful experts with something to offer beyond pushing their products, particularly those led by the brand developers. Some struggled to make accessible points about technical information and were more aimed at large scale production. Translating experience at larger scales into lessons for smaller producers might be helpful. The organiser’s seminars tended to be better than others.
Really informative and useful.
Wide ranging agenda, Well managed and informative – and free! What more could attendees ask for!
Very useful but could have done with the beginners seminars at the start of the conference.
I thought it was well organised and generally very useful and it was great that I didn’t have to pay!
Lots of great speakers with a wealth of knowledge who unfortunately did not have sufficient time to do their subjects full justice.
Good presentations, But it would be good to be able to ask few questions after is finished.
Excellent and full program of seminars with some great speakers. Very efficiently organised and set up. Relevant and varied content. Overall extremely impressed.
Excellent selection of good presentations.
Very informative – particularly the ones on the forthcoming Cosmetic Regulations.
Seminars were good from a general update on market trends.
Informative and well delivered
I thought that most of the seminars were good & relevant.
I think they should be informative. It is interesting to see how other companies work & what they have learnt along the way but they should not become sales pitches. I felt 1 went this way but the others were good. It would have been good to have more about improved processing techniques.
Good, Expert information.
It was a worthwhile conference for me to attend. Thank you.
It was very informative event. Lots of information.
They are a must for any visitor.
The seminars were informative and companies should not be allowed to actively sell their products without giving any other information via the seminars; at least two presenters used the seminars as a sales pitch.
All seminars I attended (except one which wasn’t what I had expected…) were highly informative, well-presented and useful. Excellent speakers.
Seminar were really informative.
Good, but some were a bit ‘salesy’ – promoting the interest of the company giving the presentation over sound unbiased advice.
Excellent – would definitely recommend it and will be going again next year. The seminars were (on the whole) excellent. There were a couple of seminars where the speakers just essentially got up and read their corporate brochure – which was bad and annoying – but the majority were great. I learned a great deal and best of all it was free! So a big thank you to the organisers.
Generally good but weather problems stopping some key speakers was a shame.
Tesco cosmetics seminar was very good.
Enjoyed what I heard.
I was hoping to meet many chemical / materials suppliers, but this was obviously not the focus of the event.
Very useful. A full programme covering all the major issues
Found them extremely useful & of very good quality. Will encourage me to attend again.
Excellent presentations and worth listening to the experts in their fields.
The standard of presentations was high and the content informative
Excellent speakers particularly Tony Dweck, Very informative on legal requirements. Very good at turning technical jargon into plain English.
There were more exhibiting this year.
I regret that due to meetings with potential suppliers I was not able to make any of the seminars. However the quality of information received at meetings was excellent
Too short, and therefore felt a little rushed.
I enjoyed meeting the people, Both suppliers and other people in the same boat as me, starting cosmetic businesses. I made a lot of useful contacts, who I have already been in touch with and I shall be meeting up with them over the next few months. I also got some ideas which I shall be implementing soon.
Most of what I saw were good. Some presenters need to brush up on their public speaking skills. The content may be as dull as ditchwater but you can always try to liven it up.
Very basic & not very informative coming from a larger company. Found seminars more aimed at smaller newer businesses or individuals starting up business.
I rated the seminars very highly.
Good background info, Some were “blowing their own trumpet” but no issues with it really.
Good content condensed in short presentations, I wish there was the chance for questions.
Informative and well led.