UK's largest built environment event makes a welcome return with record visitors


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In Summary

General | 11th October 2022
UK Construction Week hit Birmingham's NEC with FinditinCW as event partner last week.

In Detail

More than 23,900 people attended the show from as far afield as Turkey, Brazil, Australia and Canada, including West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Channel 4 presenter George Clarke and BBC journalist Simon Jack.

UKCW Birmingham celebrated culture change in construction with three days of debate and discussion across seven stages, covering topics such as Net Zero, sustainability, offsite manufacturing, mental health, and improving diversity and inclusion. The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, took time from his busy schedule to attend the show, where he spoke on the Main Stage and answered questions from members of the industry.

FinditinCW hosted a large Meet the Buyer event on the Main Stage called 'Supply chains building towards a net-zero future' (pictured right), alongside CW Growth Hub and Coventry City Council. Members heard how leading construction firms Wates Group, Interclass and Balfour Beatty, are building a low-carbon supply chain, who later met with with local suppliers in one-to-one meetings. Attendees enjoyed complimentary refreshments courtesy of UKCW organisers, as well as VIP access to all areas for the rest of the day.

Among the winners of this year's Stand Awards were Rolec (best stand over 50m), Harwoods (best stand under 50m), Restec (best shell scheme), Tough CAD (best marketing) and Zero Hub (most interactive).

The founder and managing director of CareersForce, Andy Howe, was named UKCW Role Model 2022. CareersForce assists key workers from the armed forces, police and NHS in forging new careers in a variety of new sectors, such as construction.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, commented after the show: “There is so much happening in the construction industry right now that has put UK Construction Week into a unique position, whereby it can inform and educate the sector as it moves forward. There is a real sense of momentum now as we plan the next one, especially on meeting our next zero targets and creating long lasting culture change. A record number of companies have signed up for 2023 so we look forward to really growing the UKs largest trade show for construction” 

Chloe Donovan, Chief Exec of Natural Building Systems, said: “We’ve had an amazing time - met everyone from potential suppliers, industrial partners, contractors and investors; I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Gary Scott, managing director at Hanson Plywood, commented: “We were at UKCW Birmingham because it’s the hub of the UK construction industry. We get a lot out of it; we don’t do many shows, but UKCW Birmingham does work.”

In addition to Bosch, Schneider Electric, Google, Graco Distribution, Wavin, Hanson Plywood and many other exciting exhibitors on display, the multi-award-winning show also attracted numerous overseas exhibitors from Australia, India, Norway, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to exhibit their products.

The dates for the two shows in 2023 have already been revealed: UKCW London will be held from 2-4 May at ExCeL, and UKCW Birmingham will be held from 3-5 October at the NEC.