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“Since 2000, the home improvement market as a whole has recorded a 36 per cent drop in volume, but at the same time its value has dropped by just six per cent”

Nickie West, FIT Show event director, explained: “Exhibitions offer much more than just a platform to launch new product – everything is new to somebody. Having said that we do have a very large number of exhibitors launching new products and, of course, it’s important to remember that around 30 per cent of the exhibition space (on current figures) will be occupied by companies who didn’t exhibit in 2016 so there will be acres of ‘new’. She continued: “However, we are also broadening our visitor base so we

expect new visitors to the show, which means new customers for our exhibitors. New networking, new business.” Speaking of networking and business opportunities, one company that

recognises the importance of visiting the FIT Show is Building Product Solutions, a major supplier to housebuilders in the North of England, with clients such as Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Redrow, Larkfleet Group and Gleeson Homes. Lynne Darwin, Sales Director at Building Product Solutions, commented:

“We always attend the FIT show, as it provides us with the opportunity to meet like-minded businesses all under one roof. Over the last few years we have seen significant growth across all areas of our business and in the last year alone we have seen a 70 per cent increase in turnover.” She said: “We continuously invest in new technology and have just installed a new Lisec Glass Line, plus we have also commissioned bespoke software to streamline our processes, which enables us to track every stage of a customer order from initial estimate to project completion. Attending the event will allow us to look at new innovative manufacturing processes that can increase our overall production capacity.” Also new for 2017 will be an increased presence from the aluminium

sector, including a dedicated Pavilion hosted by the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB). According to CAB, this will be the biggest gathering of aluminium suppliers ever assembled at a UK fenestration trade show, with many launching brand new products specially developed for the UK residential market. CAB’s CEO, Justin Ratcliffe, said: “CAB will be at the FIT Show together with over 30 of its members to present dozens of exciting new products and we will have the CAB Technical Team on hand to answer any questions. For any company looking at expanding their interest in aluminium the FIT Show will have the widest range of products and services anywhere in the UK during 2017.” So, whether it’s to see new products and innovations, sample the expert seminar programme, or take the opportunity to meet new and existing suppliers, the FIT Show represents a fantastic opportunity for housing maintenance professionals to gain an insight into all the fenestration market has to offer. And with ‘Big Tuesday’ being introduced for 2017 – which will see opening hours on the Tuesday extended to 8pm to allow more time at the show and for some to enjoy a more relaxed ‘party’ atmosphere – it could also allow them to sample the industry’s famous social scene as well. | HMM March 2017 | 29

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