Bigger and better

30 November 2022

SHW Live North returns to Manchester Central for a two-day event with a packed line-up of industry-leading exhibiting brands, networking opportunities, and thought-provoking seminars.

AFTER A hugely successful launch in 2022, Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live North (SHW Live North) will be making a much anticipated return to Manchester Central this February.

This live, in-person event is coming back bigger and better in 2023, with a host of brand new exhibitors, event features and speakers. SHW Live North will be taking place on the 14 and 15 February at Manchester Central, and you can register now for free.

After the success of 2022, with over 80% of the 1,500+ attendees saying they were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with the event, 2023 is set to be even better. Exhibitors are focused on the needs of the health and safety community, and are particularly relevant to the manufacturing and engineering, construction, transport, and public sectors. 

Professionals responsible for health, safety and wellbeing within their organisations are invited to register their attendance to discover the latest innovations, enhance their professional knowledge, discuss industry trends, and build important relationships with other industry professionals in the community. 

One Manchester 2022 visitor said, “As my first time attending SHW Live, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some thought-provoking seminars and great exhibitors made for one of the best events I have attended. I look forward to attending next year's conference and recommend it to everyone.” 

The event will champion excellence in workplace safety and occupational health, as well as inspiring improved standards in mental health and wellbeing. This unique regional event is designed to enable OSH communities to shift the dial on health and safety culture in the workplace.

Last year, this free two-day event delivered a packed line-up of industry-leading exhibiting brands, networking opportunities, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for all delegates. And with 4 in 5 of last year’s attendees saying they’re very or highly likely to return in 2023, the event is expected to see high numbers once again.

With a focus on providing professionals with the tools they need to prioritise health and safety, attendees will have the chance to learn about the latest regulatory changes and work being undertaken to improve health and safety culture in the workplace. Topics covered will include sustainability in the industry, the evolving workplace health and wellbeing culture, mental health discussions, and much more. 

This year, we will be collaborating with Health and Safety Matters Magazine to present the HSM Knowledge Hub, delivering a series of carefully curated panel debates, each focused on frontline health and safety priorities.

This event is delivered in collaboration with The Health and Safety Executive. All 2022 event partners have continued their support into 2023, including IOSH, NEBOSH, British Safety Council, BOHS, IIRSM, Safety Groups UK, UKATA, Institute of Occupational Medicine, No Falls Foundation and Safety4Good.

The exhibition and conference, SHW Live will also host a free networking drinks reception open to all visitors and exhibitors alike in Partnership with IOSH local branches.

The show is organised by an experienced team of professionals at What Else Events. With over 20 years’ experience delivering the highest quality exhibitions and conferences for OSH professionals.

Connecting the OSH community

“It was a great time meeting and networking with like minds and industry experts. Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live was worth every minute of the time spent.” - 2022 Visitor

We were delighted to be able to once again connect regional occupational safety and health professionals in the North and Northwest of England in 2022. The event, which is taking place at Manchester Central, presents an easily accessible, in-person occasion for the industry.

With ongoing industry challenges such as restrictive budgets, travel, and time constraints, SHW Live aims to provide the only truly accessible, affordable, and sustainable platform for the community to meet in person.

Supported by the OSH Industry

Numerous industry-leading bodies, regulators and councils have pledged their continued support for the two-day exhibition and conference event as event partners. Organisers are supported by an experienced Advisory Council, which includes some of the UK’s most influential voices in occupational safety and health. 

The council comprises more than 20 accomplished professionals, representing some of the most respected industry bodies, including the British Safety Council, British Occupational Hygiene Society and NEBOSH.

Meet leading brands

“Several of the team attended the event and feedback was unanimously positive. Everybody took something different from the event, which is a testament to the variety of exhibitors and seminars on offer. The visit has created a buzz in the team and focussed everybody on the importance of wellbeing and safety. I am looking forward to attending future events,” commented a 2022 visitor.

With more than 80 new and returning exhibitors expected to take part in SHW Live North, the event presents an ideal platform for world-class brands to showcase their latest products and services to OSH professionals from across the buying chain. 

Exhibitors will once again include leading brands such as the event’s Founding Partners - Bollé Safety, Moldex, RRC International, Casella, Guardian, Evac+Chair, Haix, Unigloves and Cromwell. 

With direct access to exhibitor sales teams and technical experts, the in-person event enables attendees to experience products and services first-hand and learn just how they work from those that know and understand them the most. 

SHW Live North brings together industry-leading brands and suppliers showcasing the latest innovations, including live demonstrations and application inspiration to give OSH professionals the tools they need to enact real change in their workplace.

HSE collaboration

2022 saw SHW Live deliver the highest-quality event of its type, and the organisers are proud to be continuing with their collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive to do so. HSE will be hosting sessions in the Keynote Theatre on day one.

HSE head of marketing Jacinta Atkinson spoke of the collaboration; “We are delighted to be collaborating with SHW Live to help shape the agenda for the shows to reflect the needs of our duty holders, stakeholders, and partners."

World-class content 

SHW Live North will once again be bringing visitors a range of high quality educational content, delivered through two conference theatres - all included with the free pass.

The Keynote Theatre will be focused on looking forward to the future whilst the HSM Knowledge Hub - new for 2023 - will place a focus on the here and now, both theatres offering invaluable content that will really make a difference to your organisation.

For 2023, What Else Events is delighted to be partnered with Health & Safety Matters Magazine to deliver the highest quality debate and information for front line safety and health workers. The HSM Knowledge Hub will deliver a series of carefully curated panel debates, dedicated to providing content tailored to the core of the market and responding to the day to day needs of the OSH professional.

The comprehensive programme will provide insights into key topics including PPE, legal regulations, management and leadership, safety culture, risk management and worker protection.

Keynote Theatre presentations include:

  • The Line Manager Paradox - Marcus Herbert, British Safety Council

  • Science Briefing from IOM - Nathan Baker, Dr Karen Galea, and Prof Damien McElvenny, IOM

  • Impacts of Fire Safety Act - Dennis Davis, Fire Sector Federation

  • Leadership: Organisational Vs Individual Resilience - EurOSM Dee Arp Dip2OSH CMIOSH MIIRSM MCIEA, NEBOSH

  • IOSH

In the SHW Knowledge Hub, sessions will include:

  • Creating a Suitable Safety Culture - Dr. Julie Riggs, British Safety Council and Mark Creighton, Worknest

  • Do You Know the Suitable Evacuation Policy? - Colin Moore, Evac+Chair, and Russ Timpson, Tall Building Network

  • Managing MSDs and Ergonomics - Matt Powell-Howard, NEBOSH, Matt Birtles, Health and Safety Executive

  • RIDDOR and the Role of the Responsible Person - Rhian Greaves, DAC Beachcroft, and Matt Sulley, Pinsent Masons 

  • Fire Safety Mock Trial - Warren Spencer, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors

Attendees will have the opportunity to attribute learnings from any SHW Live conference sessions towards their CPD certification for the year. 

Whether it's keeping up with the latest regulatory changes, evolving your workplace culture or working on mental health, SHW Live North will cover a vast range of topics, keeping you in the know.

The full agenda for both the SHW Keynote Theatre and HSM Knowledge Hub can be found at The packed agenda complements numerous networking opportunities for professionals and exhibitors in a relaxed, enjoyable, and friendly environment. 

Manchester Central

“Great event and chance to meet up with acquaintances in the industry. Venue is centrally located and easy to access via train. Will definitely be attending next year,” said a 2022 visitor.

Taking place at the iconic Manchester Central Convention Complex, event organisers have addressed the challenges of the industry relating to increased pressures on time, cost of travel and employer-imposed restrictions.

Located in the centre of the UK, Manchester benefits from excellent road, rail, and air links, which allow for easy access for delegates from all four corners of the country.

The venue is a world-class convention centre, situated in the heart of Manchester. As such, it is easily accessible for thousands of OSH professionals to attend. Furthermore, discounted car-parking, endless accommodation choice and hospitality and entertainment options are just moments away.

Whether your priority is workplace safety, occupational health or mental health and wellbeing, SHW live presents a unique chance to stay up to date with the latest legislation alongside unrivalled networking and procurement opportunities within the Safety, Health, and Wellbeing industry. 

Featuring product launches, live demonstrations, and new technologies, come together with other OSH professionals to discover solutions across Health and Safety training, PPE procurement, occupational and environmental monitoring, H&S consultancy and much more.

SHW Live will take place at Manchester Central on 14-15 February 2023. Register now for your FREE pass at