Top 10 Building & Construction Trade Shows


We have some good news for you. Trade shows are coming back to the UK in 2021. You can get back to closing deals and doing business at the top 10 construction trade shows.

UK Construction Shows, 2021 and 2022

The next year is going to be a busy one for all of you in the construction industry. If you haven’t already, make sure you plot these events onto your calendar:

  1. The UK Concrete Show | 6-7 May 2021 | NEC, Birmingham
  2. Futurebuild | 1-3 March 2022 | ExCel, London
  3. Plantworx | 14-16 June 2022 | East of England Arena
  4. Architect@Work | January 2022 | The Old Truman Brewery
  5. The Property Investor Show | 15-16 October 2021 | ExCel, London
  6. Homebuilding & Renovating Show | 8-11 July 2021 | NEC, Birmingham
  7. UK Construction Week | 5-7 October 2021 | NEC, Birmingham
  8. The Flooring Show | 19-21 September 2021 | HCC, Harrogate
  9. Smart Buildings | 6-7 October 2021 | ExCel, London
  10. RCI Show | 29-30 September 2021 | Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Why You Need a Presence at a Construction Trade Show in 2021

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “why exhibit?” you’re not alone. Many business owners see exhibitions as a large investment with little reward. That is not the case.

Exhibiting at trade shows can:

  • Increases your brand awareness
  • Generate hot leads, fast
  • Close deals
  • And, keep up with industry trends

Your building and construction company needs to have a presence, because the industry trade show attracts your target audience.

Furthermore, attendees are in the mood to buy. People attend exhibitions because they are looking for new suppliers. These people are decision-makers with buying power. And they could be looking for a business like yours

Choosing Where to Exhibit

Choosing the right show is important. But how do you know where to exhibit? A good tip is to look at the exhibitor list. This will tell you all of the businesses that have already booked a floor space at that show.

If you’re looking for a construction trade show in the UK, this list is a good place to start. These are the top ten events happening in 2021 and 2022.

The UK Concrete Show

Date: 6-7 May 2021

Venue: NEC, Birmingham

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

The UK Concrete Show has over 300 product groups’ ranging from cement to manufacturing products. An outdoor demo arena allows exhibitors to demonstrate their product in a safe environment.

The event organisers ask everyone that registers to attend chooses two streams. They do this to narrow down their (already very niche) audience segment into highly-targeted categories such as concrete repair, decorative concrete or ready-mix production.

If you supply any products related to concrete, The UK Concrete Show should already be on your calendar.

Futurebuild

Date: 1-3 March 2022

Venue: ExCel London

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

Almost 10,000 visitors, 340 guest speakers and 400 exhibitors gather in London for Futurebuild each year. The exhibition is the event for people in the construction industry looking to check out the latest innovations.

Attendees are there to find out what is going on in the construction world and keep up with industry trends. Exhibitors often use this show to launch a new product or service.

Six keynote stages benefit exhibitors and visitors looking to learn more about different elements of their industry.

Plantworx

Date: 14-16 June 2022

Venue: East of England Arena

Every year, Plantworx attracts an audience of construction professionals ready to buy plant, equipment and services. The exhibition is organised by building and construction experts and aims to educate and entertain over 20,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors.

Dedicated zones such as the simulation zone, drone zone and railworx ensure your business is in front of a highly targeted audience. If your business operates in one of these sectors, Plantworx isn’t one to miss.

The show boasts live construction applications, demonstrations and working machinery. The event organisers have thought of everything, even including an outdoor area to allow exhibitors to display large products.

Architect@Work

Date: January 2022

Venue: The Old Truman Brewery

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

This exhibition attracts building and construction professionals dealing with shop fitting, interior designers, urban planners and engineers. This is a strict invitation-only event, meaning the event organiser vet the quality of visitors before the show.

Architect@Work is a small exhibition spread across two floors. Niche shows like this enjoy a relaxed itinerary, highly engaged visitors and more time to talk to leads. Traditional aisles are replaced with lounge areas, adding to the homely vibe.

The Property Investor Show

Date: 15-16 October 2021

Venue: ExCel London

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

The Property Investor show brings together everyone from the UK and international property industry for a two-day event. The exhibition offers something for everyone from the building and construction industry.

A seminar itinerary featuring over 75 guest speakers gives over 120 exhibitors’ access to up-to-date industry insights. If property development is what you do, this isn’t an exhibition you want to miss next year.

 

Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Date: 8-11 July 2021

Venue: NEC, Birmingham

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show attracts an audience of homebuilders, both in a B2B and B2C sense. If your business supplies materials, home tech or any equipment a home renovator might need you should be there.

Over half of attendees have budgets of £50k+ and are looking for inspirations and ideas. The event organisers arrange meetings with architects, free seminars and an insurance self-build zone to offer visitors more value.

UK Construction Week

Date: 5-7 October 2021

Venue: NEC, Birmingham

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

UK Construction Week (UKCW) is a new show coming to London and Birmingham in 2021. It promises to be the largest event dedicated to sharing knowledge, best practice, problem-solving and product sourcing.

During the week, different sectors from the building industry get the chance to display their products. If you operate in energy, surfaces, materials, timber or concrete there is a dedicated show for you.

The Flooring Show

Date: 19-21 September 2021

Venue: HCC, Harrogate

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

The Flooring Show attracts a large attendance from construction and building professionals in this unique sector. Exhibiting at this trade show allows you to generate a high volume of quality leads and live enquiries.

This exhibition launched in 1962 and has continued to grow year-on-year. Industry leaders respect this event and are keen to deliver speaking sessions and give advice. You must attend The Flooring Show if you supply this sector.

Smart Buildings

Date: 6-7 October 2021

Venue: ExCel London

To find out more about this venue, including how to get there, click here.

The Smart Buildings Show is your opportunity to show off your home technology to an audience of building, construction and property development specialists. If you create security solutions, HVAC, energy management systems or any other home technology solution this is not a show that you should miss.

Smart Buildings offer you extensive marketing opportunities before, during and after the event. The show is a great place to generate leads, interact with prospects and increase brand awareness.

RCI Show

Date: 29-30 September 2021

Venue: Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

The RCI Show is a two-day event that brings together the entire roofing, cladding and insulation supply chain. The exhibition promises inspiration, innovation and information to the building and construction industry.

Attendees arrive with the intent to purchase so there isn’t a better time to get your business in front of this hard-to-reach audience. And while you’re there take advantage of the free seminars and conference sessions to gain industry insights.

Choosing the Right Construction Trade Show

By reading this article, you should have a good idea about the construction trade shows that take place in the UK. You might have even chosen one that you think your business should exhibit at.

Exhibitions are a fantastic place to generate leads, find new suppliers and increase brand awareness. All you need to do is book your floor space and get design an eye-catching exhibition stand.

Ready to take on the challenge? Get your exhibition planning underway and prepare yourself for a busy year ahead.


Written by Natalka Antoniuk