Build Show organiser moves back launch of exhibition to gain more time to attract exhibitors
In a not entirely unexpected move, the organiser of the Build Show, FIT Events, has stated that the event will take now place six months later than scheduled. The Build Show’s revised dates will now be 27-29 October 2015.
“When we learned that autumn dates had become available for the same halls at the NEC, and after discussions with a number of our key stakeholders, it became clear that the move to the later dates was the right thing to do from every perspective,” conceded Paul Godwin, Managing Director, Build Show. “Autumn is a far better time for a contractor focused event and with increasing order books, SME builders and contractors especially might be hard pressed to take time off site in the spring. The longer lead time will also be beneficial for exhibitors planning their 2015 budgets and participation at such a wide ranging event, the first major business-to-business event for builders and contractors for several years.”
The decision was a setback for the organiser of the successful and award winning FIT Show that had another successful outing in June this year at Telford. It may well have been too ambitious an attempt to resurrect a general building show that has not been seen in the UK since the sorry collapse of Interbuild.
However, Paul Godwin and his team should not be too disheartened as backing to move the show has received support. “A six month delay will allow a longer period for SME construction firms to recover from what has been a particularly deep and protracted downturn for our industry,” said Sarah McMonagle, Federation of Master Builders, said. “Also, for many sectors, autumn is a little quieter than spring in terms of workloads as there is sometimes pent up demand for construction work after a severe winter. Hopefully this new date will attract even more small and micro construction firms to the show.”
There may well be another advantage for the event in terms of the planned seminars. FIT Events recently conducted what it believes is a significant piece of research among construction professionals and it was skills shortages, more than a lack of materials that was highlighted as the biggest obstacle in the way of industry growth. A key part of its seminars and content programme at the Build Show will be focusing on skills, learning and development and this requires time to plan. “Pushing the event back will allow longer to produce something appropriate to the needs of the industry,” explained Paul Godwin.
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Caption Paul Godwin, Managing Director, FIT Events – “Pushing the event back will allow longer to produce something appropriate to the needs of the industry.”