Ready to return

Visitor appetite for the FIT in May 2022 is strong, the event’s organisers have announced, with record levels of visitor numbers anticipated.

Over 80% of space has already been allocated to exhibiting brands, and visitor pre-registration figures continue to track above the numbers for the same point in the campaign for 2019.

More than 400 people registered in one week alone in June.

Organisers have observed a broadening of the types of people who have registered to visit the exhibition, as well as a change in focus for reasons for attending and the products that they want to see at the show.

Installers (over 25%) top the main company activity for those who have pre-registered to visit FIT Show in May, closely followed by fabricators (12%), glaziers (11%), and builders/property developers (9%). The broad mixture of categories spans right through to merchants, architects, and local authorities.

Doors remain the number one product that visitors will be attending FIT Show to see. Bifold doors just top the list (5%) with an even spread of appetite for aluminium doors, windows, composite products, hardware and furniture. Garden accessories feature more prominently than previous years at 2% reflecting the growing trend for outdoor living.

FIT Show typically attracts 10,000 visitors across the three days of the show. A large proportion of those who have registered early to visit are C-suite level, with company director (22.5%), business owner (17%) and MD (12%) all featuring as the primary visitor job title.

The main reasons that pre-registrants have highlighted include: to see new products and equipment (24%), and to meet suppliers, customers and network (23%.).

There is also a clear appetite for FIT Show’s learning programme with 21% of pre-registrants wanting to keep abreast of changes in the industry (21%), as well as specifically wanting to attend seminars (7%).