As you’re planning your 2018 marketing strategy for your construction business, it’s time to turn your attention to the UK events calendar for relevant exhibitions and conferences.
These trade and consumer shows are a good way of generating new leads, by networking with peers and talking face-to-face with potential customers. Many companies attend these shows to build partnerships and attract new business.
They are also a good way of keeping on top of the latest industry trends and understanding any important changes within the sector. This is particularly important as the UK’s construction industry showing signs of trouble. In November 2017, it technically entered recession for the first time in five years, mainly due to a drop in infrastructure, public work and private commercial building. House building, however, showed growth, which is a more positive outcome and it’s an area that is likely to continue to remain strong as demand for homes is high.
This slip in the construction industry is likely to be a big topic at the trade shows this year, with speakers discussing ways to stay innovative and profitable, as well as sustainable and environmentally responsible.
Here is our list of UK construction industry events and exhibitions for 2018. More will be added as further dates are released, but do let us know if we have missed any key dates.
The Ultimate BIM Summit
31 Jan 2018
A great chance for professional development for all levels, with two different seminar streams to suit all requirements, delivering advice from handpicked experts.
31 Jan – 01 Feb 2018
Toolfair is a series of popular events run throughout the year at various venues in the UK. It focuses on power tools, hand tools and building equipment, with key exhibitors from the industry. It’s free for trade, and you even get a bacon roll and t-shirt thrown in! See the website for other venues and dates in 2018, including Manchester, Exeter, Harrogate, Coventry and Surrey.
Smart Cities 2018
1 Feb 2018
This conference, expo and awards event looks at the smart city concept, explore best practice examples and look to future innovation. It’s a good place to learn and network for those involved in town planning or if you have a vested interest in the future of city infrastructure.
The Flood Resilience Summit
08 Feb 2018
There has been significant increase in flooding activity in the UK in the last decade; this summit consists of six seminars delivered by 12 key speakers, as well as a demo and tour of BRE Innovation Park.
BIM Show Live 2018
28 Feb – 01 Mar 2018
This event promises to take you out of your comfort zone as you explore the digital construction trends of tomorrow. Gather together with your industry peers and take part in a series of interactive seminars.
06-08 Mar 2018
If it’s ideas for innovation that you’re looking for, then this is the place to be. Looking at the future of the built environment, the event covers sustainability, civil infrastructure and the materials and techniques that are driving the future of construction.
The Society of Construction Law Annual Conference
09 Mar 2018
https://www.scl.org.uk/participate/events/leeds-conference-2018 This key event is essential for those who want to stay up to date with construction law updates and any changes in contractual obligations. It is a good opportunity to network with others within the industry and get any pressing questions answered.
The UK Concrete Show (UKCS)
21-22 March 2018
This show has been growing in popularity, with 2017 proving its most successful to date. For 2018, the event is switching dates from February to March, and is moving new hall space at the NEC with an outdoor demo area. It is the place to be to fulfil your company’s concrete requirements and explore new suppliers.
National Homebuilding & Renovating Show
22-25 March 2018
While this show is primarily a consumer show, aimed at self-builders and home renovators, it may be worth signing up as an exhibitor if these are the customers that you are trying to reach with your business. There are other events throughout the year around the UK; see http://www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/ for more information.
The Health & Safety Event
10-12 Apr 2018
Health and safety on site is key to any construction business. This event features seminars on all manner of topics, from ‘Training & Competence’ to ‘Hearing’. There are also key industry exhibitors, so it’s a great chance for networking as well as learning.
Healthcare Estates Development Forum
Leading figures from NHS Trusts will discuss and present best practises on overcoming current issues to do more with less within construction/development and all sectors associated with it.
RICS Quantity Surveying & Construction Conference
A professional industry event for those working within the quantity surveying and construction industry. It is a good chance to network, but also to explore ways to modernise, keep up with the latest trends and hear from a broad range of speakers.
Quality in Construction Summit
7 June 2018
Industry experts are on hand for a day of learning to help businesses deliver quality construction. It explores how a Quality Construction Plan is key to your business, how it can make your business more profitable and the latest government-regulated quality standards.
National Infrastructure Expo
12 June 2018
This event brings together people from multiple sectors, including construction, to exchange ideas and look at the latest products and innovations. It’s a good way to stay on top of the latest trends and developments in the industry, as well as network with other key players.
21-22 June 2018
This event is aimed exclusively at UK architects, designers, specifiers and their clients working on commercial, health, education and retail projects. The exhibition space is packed with innovative building products, materials and solutions, so it’s a good place to take a stand to reach a very specific audience.
CIH Housing Conference & Exhibition
26-28 June 2018
Europe’s largest housing event is expecting over 11,000 people during the three days of the show. With over 300 suppliers, it’s a good opportunity to build relationships, as well as network during the high-level content streams of seminars tailored for the broad spectrum of visitors who attend.
3-5 September 2018
This inclusive conference will be taking place at Queen’s University in partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology. The theme for 2018 is ‘A productive relationship: Balancing fragmentation and integration’, and topics covered include BIM, infrastructure development, offsite construction and health and safety.
Annual Conference and Housing Exhibition
19-20 Sep 2018
This popular conference from the National Housing Federation is moving to London, as organisers hope to build on the popularity of the event. It is the perfect opportunity to network with thousands of housing professionals with top-level speakers from within the housing industry.
London Homebuilding & Renovating Show
21-23 Sep 2018
This homebuilding and renovating show is held in London, and similar to the event in Birmingham in March (listed above). It is primarily aimed at consumers who are looking at undertaking self-build or renovating projects.
RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference
Working on dilapidations projects can be incredibly complex, with many legal issues and regulations to comply with. This conference is essential for those working in this specialist area, gathering together all the latest updates and tactics that you need to employ right now.
Kent Construction Expo
04 Oct 2018
This event is an important construction event for the South East, attracting over 3,500 visitors. It’s perfect for construction professionals operating in this area, but it also has plenty of national interest too so it can be a good exhibition option.
UK Construction Week
9-11 Oct 2018
The UK's largest gathering of Contractors, Consultants, Architects, Manufacturers, Project Managers, SME’s, and Developers, – returns to the NEC Birmingham for its fourth year from 9 - 11 October 2018. The event celebrates this exciting and dynamic industry, and is a place to network, debate, discover, innovate and celebrate excellence. UK Construction Week consists of nine shows under one roof, Build Show, Building Tech Live 2018, Civils Expo, Energy 2018, HVAC 2018, Plant & Machinery Live, Surface & Materials Show, Timber Expo and Grand Designs Live.
Land Remediation Expo
10-11 Oct 2018
A very niche event, aimed at those contractors involved in the remediation of contaminated land. It looks at the latest innovations that can help with the diagnosis and management of this tricky area, with key speakers.
London Build 2018
23-24 Oct 2018
National Hall, Olympia, London
If you go to just one event in 2018, this is the one to go for. It is the leading and largest construction show for London and the rest of the UK. The show welcomes 300 exhibitors over 8 exhibition zones and 30,000 high level attendees. All CPD and conferences are free to attend and cover topics such as BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Fire Safety, Interiors and Fit out and more
Scotland Build 2018
21-22nd Nov 2018
This is the only show to connect Scotlands construction industry under one roof- don't miss it! Scotland Build hosts 200 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors from: tier 1 contractors, subcontractors, builders, developers, local councils, housing associations, government, architects, solution providers and more.
With more conference dates still to be announced for 2018, there is plenty of scope for marketing opportunities for your business throughout the year. To get you started with your marketing plan for 2018, download our free guide to developing an inbound marketing strategy in the construction and built environment sector.