Build Show moves to October avoids anticipated building peak, offers more time for planning

Build Show, the first comprehensive builder and contractor focused exhibition and forum to take place for a decade, has announced that the event will take place in October 2015, revised dates are 27th, 28th and 29th October 2015.

The organisers say that the decision to change the dates was discussed with a number of key stakeholders with broad agreement that the move would bring considerable benefits. Paul Godwin, Managing Director of Build Show said:

“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.

Godwin explained:

“Autumn is a far better time for a contractor-focused event. 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.”

Sarah McMonagle of the Federation of Master Builders, said:

“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. 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.”

Paul Godwin added:

“We recently conducted a significant piece of research amongst 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 our seminars and content programme at the Build Show will be focussing 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.”

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th October 2015, the Build Show is the most comprehensive contractor-based exhibition in a decade, bringing together contractors, specifiers, builders, suppliers, house builders, architectural technologists and clients, all under one roof.