Waiting list started as last stand booked at The FIT Show with visitor stats showing installers and fabricators are largest visitor group to register. For the third time since The FIT Show was launched in February 2012, the organisers have announced that every exhibition stand has been sold. But this time there is no additional space to extend into.
The original allocation was sold out within weeks of the event being launched and additional space within the main halls was opened up to provide an extra 600 metres2. This was sold within a few weeks following which the decision to add a fourth hall to the floor plan.
The last available stand was taken by Birmingham-based Safe French Doors, bringing the total number of exhibitors to more than 170 in four halls at The International Centre Telford. Several further enquiries have since been received and a waiting list has now been started. However, no ‘drop-outs’ are expected at this stage of the event. .
The four halls of exhibitors are complemented by 24 half-hour FIT for Business Seminars which are free for visitors, three days of Interactive presentations in The FIT Theatre, the finals of The Master Fitter Challenge and much more. The programme will present a planning problem to visitors, with many expected to return for a second visit during the event.
“When we planned The FIT Show we believed that we had provided more than enough exhibition space,” explained Paul Godwin, Managing Director of The FIT Show. “It is true to say that we underestimated the demand for space but the result is the best event for the window, door and conservatory industry for many years.”
The announcement coincides with the availability of statistics that show that by mid March a fraction under 62% of visitors registering in advance to attend The FIT Show are installers and fabricators of windows, doors and conservatories. The balance comprises a mix of disciplines including architects, builders and contractors, private and public sector specifiers and the ‘trade’, including component suppliers.
“The close targeting of The FIT Show marketing is attracting the right sort of people and in the right numbers,” added Paul. “Obviously we will not know until the doors open on the 16th, 17th and 18th of April but signs are very encouraging indeed, particularly as exhibitors themselves are working so hard to market the event. In my experience Glassex never enjoyed such support and commitment from its exhibitors.”
The FIT Show is being held at The International Centre Telford from 16th to 18th April 2013. More information on the seminars and how to register to beat the queues can be found at www.fitshow.co.uk.