FIT Show organisers have announced the decision to revert the show to an annual proposition for the sector, with the next event set to take place at the NEC on May 12th, 13th & 14th 2020.
FIT Show 2020 will occupy halls 2 & 3 at the NEC, returning with the same award-winning formula that has helped to establish it as the UK’s number one, award winning showcase for the glass, glazing, windows, doors and conservatories sectors.
Visitors will be able to source and supply from an annual showcase of the very best that the window and door industry has to offer, with the same quality and diverse mix of brands, products and materials. Visit Glass will return for its second year, as will the Show’s much loved Gala Dinner, Late Night Tuesday and learning programme. In the coming months, organisers will work closely with the industry to ensure that FIT Show’s progressive and relevant platform is further developed.
Established in 2013, debuting at Telford Exhibition Centre, FIT Show has significantly grown both its footprint and footfall over the years. Remaining at Telford for its 2013, 2014 and 2016 shows, FIT Show moved to the NEC for 2017 with 250 exhibitors and 10,000 visitors in attendance. It has remained buoyant despite most recent political and economical uncertainty, with FIT Show 2019 set to deliver another record breaking showcase.
Speaking about the decision, FIT Show event director Nickie West commented: “The decision to revert to an annual proposition is very much a positive move, and one which reflects the expressed needs of our audience.
“In addition to putting our audience needs at the very heart of what we do, we are also aware that many businesses have had to adapt their strategy to reflect these uncertain political and economic times and FIT Show is no different. Where some brands may not be ready to exhibit this year, they simply cannot afford to wait another two years to reconnect with customers and their supply chain. We also know from visitor feedback that an annual platform will better meet their sourcing and purchasing requirements.
“From our experience of B2B UK trade shows in a vertical market, the energy and commitment that is required to re-establish momentum of biennial events is not tenable in the long-term. We want to be smarter with our budget and overheads to create a sustainable event that operates at the peak of its efficiency and potential, both now and in the future.
Angus Montgomery Group purchased 80% of FIT Show in January 2017, with Nickie West continuing as Event Director alongside FIT Show founders; Matthew Glover and Paul Godwin both serving on the board as Chairman and Director respectively.
Nickie concluded: “An annual showcase will allow us to deliver the best ROI for our exhibitors – developing a more consistent campaign that doesn’t drain on resources or enthusiasm. It will allow them to better plan for product launches, get more frequent facetime with key customers and prospects as well as creating an extra opportunity to connect with new audiences with as little down time as possible in the customer cycle.”
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