Relevant and reverent

Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell looks back at the FIT Show.

Last week’s FIT Show was a roaring success, and Glass Times would like to congratulate Matthew Glover, Paul Godwin and the rest of the team for hosting an event that provides a beating heart for the fenestration industry in the UK.

I would also like to congratulate them on their choice of host for the FIT Show Awards, presented at the Gala Dinner on the Wednesday night. Nick Knowles was passionate, knowledgeable and reverent – characteristics that observers of the construction industry (and the home improvement sector in particular) often lack.

Furthermore, Nick stayed on after the awards to talk to diners and have selfies taken with everyone and his brother. He also retweeted one of my tweets, so he’s now at the top of my Christmas card list.

The success of FIT Show 2017 wasn’t a given. Coming just one year on from the previous show meant that some potential exhibitors simply couldn’t justify buying a stand. Also, the leap from Telford to the NEC was a considerable one, and could have easily resulted in a lacklustre turnout.

As it happened, the show was impressive, helped by exhibitors who were keen to push the boat out and build stands that caught the eye. News fresh from the FIT Show revealed that 9,935 unique visitors attended this year’s show, a number that rises to 13,285 when their revisits were counted across the three days of the event (multiple daily entries are automatically de-duplicated). This is an increase of almost 17% when compared to the previous FIT Show in 2016 (8502), offering a boost of 62% more visitors in just two events.

As a result, the 2019 floorplan on the FIT Show’s stand was starting to fill up rapidly.

See you again in May 2019!