Record numbers for 2022 FIT Show

FIT Show organisers have reported record visitor pre-registration numbers for the 2022 exhibition, with over 10% of these being made on the day before the show opened.

FIT Show was due to take place in 2021 but was delayed three times due to the impact of the global pandemic. Reopening this May without restrictions, the event delivered over 170 brands as part of its exhibitor line-up and more than 30 hours of CPD approved learning content.

FIT Show event director, Nickie West, commented: “I’m still absolutely buzzing after returning from a very successful three days of FIT Show. We were anticipating strong visitor numbers based on our pre registration data, but I don’t think anything could quite prepare us for the atmosphere, goodwill and camaraderie in the halls throughout the show.

“Our exhibitors were consistently busy, our seminars reached capacity on more than one occasion and our late night parties saw people quite literally dancing in the aisles. It was everything the team and I hoped that it would be, and more.”

A number of brands used FIT Show as a launchpad to market, with debuts from the likes of Compdoor, Solar-Calibre, Dako, Rockdoor, UK Doors Online, Checkatrade and Google Nest. The event also saw the return of a number of legacy FIT Show brands including Haffner, SmartReady, Veka, Ultraframe, Selecta Systems, Brisant-Secure, Business Pilot and Made for Trade.

A huge effort was made by exhibitors, with ambitious and innovative stand builds supported by strong marketing campaigns. Morley Glass, FIT Show first timer Strongdor, and Britmet Lightweight Roofing won awards for driving and converting the most visitors with their campaigns.

FIT Show organisers have confirmed the dates of the next show, which will return to the NEC Birmingham from 23-25 May, 2023. FIT Show will continue to follow a biennial frequency, placing the show in Fensterbau Frontale’s ‘off year’. The May 2023 edition will be followed by FIT Show 2025 and return every other year thereafter.

2023 will mark the 10-year anniversary since its launch, and its seventh outing. Organisers say they are already receiving a strong amount of support for its return next year.

Nickie continued: “We have already had strong support for our 2023 event with 45 brands, including the likes of Haffner, ODL, Morley Glass, Selecta Systems, DAKO, Bel’M and Comar – amongst others – rebooking for next year. We’re also having positive conversations with a number of brand leaders who weren’t quite ready to exhibit in 2022 but who are planning to return in 2023.

“It’s going to be a very special event as we commemorate 10 years of innovation, growth and success for the whole industry and we hope they’ll join us to celebrate this special FIT Show landmark.”