IoG chief executive Geoff Webb said he was pleased with the response:
"I think the move will mean companies have to adopt a different marketing approach and it will open up opportunities for them. The feedback from visitors has been really positive to the more central location."
Dennis and Allett Mowers, SISIS and DMMP, Hyundai and GreenMech are among the companies to have signed up for the relaunched Saltex to be held at the Birmingham NEC in November. The IoG’s annual awards will be held in the same week.
Managing director of Allett Mowers Austin Jarrett, said: "We are really happy to see the show move to the NEC and Birmingham. We’ve been exhibiting at Saltex for 20 years and we think the indoor venue and the change of date are extremely positive aspects of the new look exhibition.
"We are very upbeat about the move and look forward to November 2015."
Despite the Association of Play Industries, which he chairs, considering splitting its Play Fair from Saltex, the managing director of play and sports products company Proludic Michael Hoenigmann also thinks the indoor venue will work for his company.
"It is cost effective to build and dismantle the stand and offers few restrictions on design. You can remove the unpredictability of the weather, while the central location and excellent transport links of the NEC will make it easier for visitors to attend," he said.
IoG Saltex 2015 will be held on 4 and 5 November.