A key part of any successful marketing strategy for your construction business is networking. Getting to know people in your industry is a great way of generating new leads and talking to your potential customers in person.
There are plenty of events, seminars, exhibitions and conferences in the UK tailored to the construction industry. Some are designed as trade events, which are good for talking to suppliers or gathering insight and advice on the latest industry trends. There are also plenty of consumer shows, which are a great way to explore your customer base and promote your services.
Events like these also help you keep on top of the latest industry trends and any important changes within the sector. Across all of the many events happening this year, there are common topics that are proving popular. Productivity and sustainability are certainly hot subjects as the industry strives to increase output, prepare for the future and commit to sustainable practices.
There is also a focus on innovation, looking at how digital technologies are being used in the construction sector, and the latest products and services available. There is a more holistic approach to the workforce, with talks and seminars focusing on employee wellbeing, and the benefits to businesses of introducing practices to help with both physical and mental health.
Here is our list of key UK construction industry events and exhibitions for 2019. More will be added as further dates are released, but do let us know if we have missed any key dates.
Smart Cities 2019: Sustainable investment for the UK
07 February 2019
This conference, expo and awards event is now in is fourth year. Over 300 decision makers will come together to discuss the key issues surrounding smart city development, including Brexit, sustainable development and funding.
Marketing in Construction Summit
07 February 2019
This summit from UK Construction Week brings together marketing professionals working in the construction industry. The programme will look at brand creation, marketing strategy and digital communications through talks with industry experts.
BIM Show Live 2019
27-28 February 2019
This annual gathering of construction professionals will inspire, educate and inform on all aspects of digital construction, with a leading line-up of industry professionals. The event takes place in the heart of Newcastle at Boiler Shop.
05-07 March 2019
Futurebuild 2019 will focus on all the factors and challenges impacting on the built environment right now. Attendees will be able to gain invaluable insight, as well as hand-on experiences, into the latest innovations, products and materials. This also includes Vision@Futurebuild (https://www.visionlondon.com); Vision was previously a standalone event, but has partnered with Futurebuild for 2019.
The Society of Construction Law Annual Conference
08 March 2019
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)
20-21 March 2019
Now in its ninth year, this show continues to grow in size and visitor numbers. With interactive hands-on experiences, a live outdoor demo arena, technical advice clinics and more, 2019 promises to be even bigger and better than ever before.
Scotland Build 2019
20-21 March 2019
This is the only show to connect all of Scotland’s construction industry under one roof, so it’s a must-visit for those with an interest in the region. Scotland Build hosts over 150 exhibitors, over 150 speakers and more than 10,000 pre-registered visitors, including building, construction, architecture and engineering professionals.
National Homebuilding & Renovating Show
28-31 March 2019
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/ more information.
The Security Event
9-11 April 2019
This is a major new exhibition for both the commercial and residential security markets. It’s aimed at security professionals, so it’s perfect for those in the construction industry who deal with the security aspect of the built environment. It offers direct engagement across the supply chain, and a programme of interesting talks.
National Construction Expo
1 May 2019
The National Construction Summit brings together over 2,000 companies and individuals related to the construction industry, from policy makers to legal professionals, architectural firms to building owners. Topics include Brexit, foreign investment, skills and training, public and private housing, and sustainability.
Offsite Manufacture Conference and Exhibition
13 June 2019
Aimed at business leaders, health and safety professionals and those working in HR within the construction industry, this summit tackles the topic of employee wellbeing. The programme will cover both physical and mental health, and share successful techniques and strategies.
Quality in Construction Summit
This popular summit returns for 2019 looking at ways to improve the quality levels within the construction industry. It will explore both strategic and operational issues in this one-day event.
Chartered Institute of Housing 2019
25-27 June 2019
Europe’s largest housing event is expecting over 12,000 people during the three days of the show. With over 1,400 registered providers attending, 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.
02-04 September 2019
This inclusive conference will be taking place at Leeds Beckett University. The theme for 2019 is ‘Productivity, Performance and Quality Conundrum’ and will discuss topics such as ‘Construction in a highly productive industry’.
Land Remediation Expo 2019
11-12 September 2019
A 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 Homebuilding & Renovating Show
04-06 October 2019
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.
Kent Construction Expo
03 October 2019
This event is an important construction event for the South East, attracting over 150 exhibitors. It’s perfect for construction professionals operating in this region, but it also has plenty of national interest too so it can be a good exhibition option. It promises to deliver “fresh insights into current construction industry challenges, opportunities, emerging technologies, practices and innovations”.
UK Construction Week08-10 October 2019
The UK's largest annual gathering of over 35,000 contractors, consultants, architects, manufacturers, project managers, SMEs and developers returns to the NEC in Birmingham. There are set to be more than 650 exhibitors, showcasing the innovation and excellence of the industry. UK Construction Week consists of nine shows under one roof: Build Show, Building Tech Live, Civils Expo, Energy 2019, HVAC 2019, Plant & Machinery Live, Surface & Materials Show, Timber Expo and Grand Designs Live.
London Build 2019
If you go to just one event in 2019, this is the one to choose. It is the leading and largest construction show for London and the rest of the UK. The show welcomes 350 exhibitors and 25,000 pre-registered attendees. As well as the busy exhibition floor, there are a series of presentations and interactive content, networking events, Meet the Buyer sessions, entertainment, a Festival of Construction and more.
With more conference dates still to be announced for 2019, there is plenty of scope for marketing opportunities for your business throughout the year.