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This year, the biggest construction exhibition on the UK calendar is UK Construction Week, a six-day celebration of Britaiin’s building industry held across five halls of Birmingham’s NEC from the 6th-11thOctober. There are plenty of reasons to take some time out to attend some of the shows during UK Construction Week, so take a step back from your construction software and find out why you should visit this unique trade show.

#1 It’s the biggest and best construction trade show in the country

If you’re spending a couple of days away from your business to attend an event, make sure it’s worth your time by attending only the biggest and best. Over 50,000 construction industry professionals are expected to attend, and there will be 75,000 m2 of exhibition space. Whether you’re a builder, planner or your company’s accounts man, there’s sure to be plenty of exhibits that will catch your interest.

#2 Workshops and seminars

Dozens of workshops and seminars are scheduled during UK Construction Week, with panels of experts debating controversial topics, researchers presenting emerging construction technologies, and workshops on almost every subject you can imagine. Check out the full seminar timetable so far.

#3 Networking

Love it or hate it, networking is an effective way to generate new business and supplier relationships. With tens of thousands of other industry professionals at the event, including hundreds of exhibitors, UK Construction Week will certainly provide plenty of networking opportunities.

#4 Top speakers

Aside from the dozens of industry experts who will speak at the seminars, workshops and debates, there will also be the chance to hear from broadcasting legend John Humphrys, who will chair a number of seminars; BBC business correspondent Steph McGovern, also a former ‘Young Engineer for Britain’; and Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy who will chair debates on BIM and procurement.

#5 Specialist panels

On the main stage you’ll find the biggest talks that cover the biggest topics in the construction industry, but if you look to the other shows, you’ll find more specialist seminars on topics such as garden cities, custom builds, phase change materials and timber specification.

 #6 PR and media opportunities

If you’re looking to raise the profile of your company, exhibiting at the biggest construction trade show in the country isn’t a bad way to do it. Even by merely attending the show as a visitor you’ll have the chance to take advantage of plenty of PR and marketing opportunities.

#7 Vehicle and machinery demos

The event also features demo areas for new technologies and machinery. If you’re after a break from networking and seminars, check out one of these impressive demonstrations.

#8 It’s free

All you’ll have to pay to attend the event are your travel and accommodation costs. The ticket itself is completely free and gives you access to all nine shows.

Integrity Software will be attending UK Construction Week for all of the above reasons. Will you be booking your ticket?