Quite the opposite. Phil Jones the organiser changed venues last year as it out grew itself. I now looks like it's outgrown the new venue. They had all manner of talks from weddings, to editorial, to strobist, to running studios, to using various software.
I think with tough times a lot of people held off to see what happened with Focus (now "the Photography show" I understand) as it brings a lot more footfall. It must cost what to run a stand there for 3 days - £7K+? ...........Is the birmingham show going to be worth the trip is the bigger question.