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BEST YEAR YET: BARRIER COMPONENTS ALREADY BOOKED FOR 2017

Record numbers weren’t limited to just the visitors at the 2016 FIT Show, as many exhibitors smashed targets too. Exhibitors, including hardware supplier Barrier Components, reported strong interest from visitors in sourcing new products and alternative suppliers.

As Managing Director, Graham Walker explains, this year’s FIT show has been his best year yet: “Both the quality and the quantity of the audience were outstanding; totalling in excess of 240 scanned visitors, 200 of which were previously were unknown to us. In the weeks following the show we actively followed up these leads and are already experiencing significant success in converting these into firm business opportunities and sales.” This year’s FIT Show saw more than 180 exhibitors ...

ALUMINIUM EXHIBITORS COME IN THICK AND FAST FOR FIT SHOW 2017

FIT Show 2017 is 11 months away, but with contracts for exhibitor space regularly being signed ahead of next year’s fabricator and installer trade show the excitement already surrounding FIT makes it seem like the show is right around the corner.

After already reporting that the move to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) had prompted a surge in exhibition stand bookings when launched discreetly to exhibitors back in December last year, bookings continue to come in thick and fast with more than 73% of the exhibition floor space snapped up. That is 40% more space again than the total at this year’s event, comfortably justifying the decision to move to the larger venue. Making its presence felt early on, the aluminium sector has been ...

FIT SHOW CONTINUES TO BE TALK OF THE TOWN

It’s been two months since FIT Show 2016 yet exhibitors and visitors alike are still talking about the popular UK window, door and conservatory trade show. Whether via social media, in the press or just by word of mouth, it’s still the talk of the town as people look forward to next year’s show at the NEC.

With attendance at this year’s FIT Show a massive 45% up on the 2014 show with 8,502 unique visitors you’d expect a lot of positive feedback from those who were there. Offering up testimonials and letting the FIT Show team know how happy they were with the show and how excited they are about FIT 2017, here are a few examples: “The response we had from the show was staggering, given our location in the innovation zone, off the main hall for SMARTGLASS Dynamic, powered by SageGlass. ...

FIT SHOW 2017: 71% OF FLOORSPACE BOOKED – AND A YEAR TO GO

With The FIT Show 2016 still warm and fresh in the collective memory of the window, door and conservatory industry, thoughts now swing to the future and FIT Show 2017, especially as it moves to a brand new home at the NEC.

The move to the National Exhibition Centre prompted a surge in exhibition stand bookings when it was launched discreetly to exhibitors in December last year. And with almost one year to go to FIT 2017 taking place on 23rd to 25th May, more than 71% of the exhibition floor space has been snapped up. That is 40% more space again than the total at this year’s event, comfortably justifying the decision to move to the larger venue. “All exhibition space at The FIT Show ...

FIT SHOW 2016: A REAL SOCIAL EVENT

FIT Show 2016 might be over but after taking a closer look at the social media statistics associated with the build up to the UK’s window, door and conservatory trade show, it’s clear that the industry is now fully engaged with Twitter and other social media outlets. If the social media statistics from FIT Show 2016 are anything to go by then non-users might want to get on the digital media train before it leaves the station.

With attendance at this year’s FIT Show a massive 45% up on the 2014 show with 8,502 unique visitors it only makes sense that its social media presence reflects this. Proving the most successful social media platform due to its instant engagement allowing tweets to be fired off one after the other in a conversation format, the FIT Show Twitter account was visited a total of 36,000 times in the month of the show alone – this is more than the previous 24 months combined. Starting the show ...

FIT SHOW AWARDS RECOGNISE HUGE EFFORTS BY EXHIBITORS

With the efforts of exhibitors recognised by the organisers of The FIT Show as being one of the most important contributors towards the excellent visitor numbers and quality attending the first two events, for 2016 it was decided to further encourage, recognise and reward exceptional efforts made by exhibitors to encourage visitors through the door.

Six Awards were created with a core principle that they should be judged completely independently by a team of experts that included Tom Gray, Chief Executive of the Southwater Event Group which owns and operates The International Centre, Teford together with hotels and the event production company Stagecraft; Alison Griffin, Sales and Marketing Director of The International Centre; Annie Byrne the editor of Exhibition News the leading exhibition industry magazine; and Jenni Jacques, Marketing ...

SELECTA SYSTEMS PROVE VICTORIOUS AT FIT SHOW FOOTBALL 2016

With more water on the pitch than in the local pool, you’d have been forgiven for turning up in speedos to this year’s FIT Show football tournament at AFC Telford’s Goalzone. Regardless of the heavens opening up, all who participated had fun. Taking place April 11th, the night before FIT Show 2016 kicked off, leading PVC-U extruders Selecta Systems emerged victorious taking home the coveted winners trophy. A few teams down after some last minute dropouts it looked like rain ...

THE FIT SHOW JOINS GGF

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) welcomed The FIT Show into GGF Membership with a unique Members’ Certificate presentation by GGF President Andrew Glover to his brother Matthew, Director of The FIT Show, on the GGF’s stand at The FIT Show, last week in Telford International Centre.

Since the FIT Show was started up in 2012 (with the first show in 2013), the GGF has always supported the UK industry’s biggest trade show with promotion, technical support and sponsorship. In March this year, the relationship was strengthened further when the GGF and The FIT Show co-exhibited and supported each other at the Fensterbau Frontale exhibition in Germany. Paul Godwin, Managing Director of The FIT Show commented, “The Fabricator Installer Trade Show - The FIT Show - has quickly ...

FIT SHOW GALA DINNER DELIGHTS RECORD NUMBERS

Almost 900 guests – a record – attended the ‘Great Gatsby’ themed extravaganza that was the Gala Dinner on the Wednesday of The FIT Show, continuing the blockbuster performance of every aspect of this year’s show.

Arriving guests, many of whom were attired in Twenties fashion, were greeted by flapper dancers and crooners, stilt walkers and girls lounging in giant champagne glasses, at a noisy champagne reception. With the entertainment a closely guarded secret guests then made their way into a star-cloth bedecked banqueting hall that continued the Gatsby theme, with champagne glass table centres, golden palms and a large stage area and chequered dance floor. Continuing the dramatic departure from the ...

2016 FIT SHOW MASTER FITTER CHALLENGE ‘THE TOUGHEST YET’

The 2016 FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge finals held in association with FENSA, proved to be the ‘toughest yet’ according to the expert organisers and assessors for the event.

And, faced not only with the toughest installation challenges the finalists also had to complete them with an audience of hundreds of their peers looking on, with the Master Fitter Challenge Final Pavilion located in the most prominent position in the main entrance to this year’s FIT Show. With the 2016 Master Fitter Challenge final including the installation of a solid porch roof provided by Supalite in addition to windows by Liniar and residential doors by IG/Truedor, the six finalists ...

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