How to get the most of a Trade Show

It’s that time of year when your thoughts return to that renovation project you’ve been mulling over. It’s easy to stay in this stage of preparation – for years! But a great way to really propel your project forward is a trade show. There are plenty to choose from throughout the year now that doors are opening up again; and we highly recommend the upcoming Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the ExCeL centre in London on the 24th-26th of September 2021.

If you’ve never been to a trade show before, it can be rather overwhelming so here are our top three tips for making the most of your visit!

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Make a beeline for the sign ups

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show hosts some great resources; among them is their Advice Centre where you can book a free session with a specialist. This is perfect if you haven’t yet met with an architect but you want some feedback on whether what you imagine – is in fact possible! It’s a broad brush but will definitely give you some direction.

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Make a list to keep on track

There are over 1000 different exhibitors which is an amazing opportunity but from experience, it’s very easy to get distracted! Have a clear agenda of who you want to visit.

If you are at the stage where you want to specify the type of windows and doors to your new extension – target these suppliers. You can see the profiles of the doors and handles, talk through the different options available to you in terms of glass protection / UV protection etc., and get all the literature you need.

This visit can be invaluable for product selection, as competitors are all under one roof, making your job slightly easier. But don’t forget to stay focused!

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Make a list

There are over 1000 different exhibitors which is an amazing opportunity but from experience, it’s very easy to get distracted! Have a clear agenda of who you want to visit.

If you are at the stage where you want to specify the type of windows and doors to your new extension – target these suppliers. You can see the profiles of the doors and handles, talk through the different options available to you in terms of glass protection / UV protection etc., and get all the literature you need.

This visit can be invaluable for product selection, as competitors are all under one roof, making your job slightly easier. But don’t forget to stay focused!

If instead you are at the stage of mulling and dreaming, then opt for popping round the architects & designer stalls to get some inspiration! There’s also a number of free seminars and masterclasses covering multiple topics, so if you are at the start of your project make sure to check out the talks on your day. These will definitely leave you with bags of ideas!

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Make time for coffee

A crucial part of the day is to make sure you have some time to digest everything you have been told, all the information you’ve been given and flick through the literature you’ve picked up.

Parking yourself somewhere for half an hour and having a moment to collect yourself is, in fact, our top tip!  It’s very easy to run around (literally like a headless chicken) and miss information you’ll later wish you had researched more or followed up on.  I guarantee you that taking this time to scribble down a few decisions, a couple of thoughts and ideas will make the whole day worthwhile – and it’ll be the thing you keep coming back to!

Have fun!

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