Trade shows are the perfect opportunity to not only see what products are out there and acquire skills which could help you to grow your business, but also to stay in touch with the latest industry news and upcoming trends. The biggest names in the industry will be there so you can ask the experts and leading manufacturers those burning questions. Finally, being an independent heating engineer can often be a lonely job, so why not take a day out to network with other engineers and enjoy the change of scenery!
Here is a list of the biggest and best trade shows to visit this year. Whether you pick just one or try and get to all of them, we’re confident you won’t regret it.
The PHEX shows, i.e. the Plumbing and Heating Exhibition, are the largest events for plumbing and heating professionals in the UK. It has been running for over 24 years.
What’s there? Every year plumbers, heating engineers, installers, technicians and specifiers come together to discover the latest products and brush up on their installation techniques through a variety of seminars and training. The biggest brands in the industry are there offering visitors a unique opportunity to get an early look at upcoming industry trends, take part in competitions and access exclusive special offers and freebies.
Ticket price: It’s a completely free event.
When and where is it? In 2019 there will be 3 PHEX shows, so you can pick the venue and date which suits you best.
- PHEX TBC, 12th – 13th June 2019, venue TBC
- PHEX Chelsea, 16th – 17th October 2019, Stamford Bridge Football Stadium
- PHEX Manchester, 13th – 14th November 2019, Old Trafford Football Stadium
For more detail on this year’s events, including venue information and exhibitors, visit the PHEX website.
The Installer Show
The Installer Show is an annual event for heating engineers and plumbers which is now in its 4th year. In 2018 the event was attended by over 125 of the top manufacturers and attracted over 4,000 visitors.
What’s there? It’s a varied event to say the least! The Installer Show combines product exhibitions from the leading manufacturers with interactive activities, training, panel discussions led by industry experts, live entertainment, product demonstrations, fun games and giveaways.
Ticket price: It’s free to attend; you just need register on the Installer website.
When and where is it? 7th – 9th May 2019, The Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Note: Installer are also running a show in Scotland in collaboration with SNIPEF. InstallerSCOTLAND will take place at the SEC in Glasgow on 12th September 2019.
One of the newest trade shows for the heating and plumbing industry on the calendar is PLUMBEXPO which began in 2017. The most recent events brought in a total of nearly over 7,000 attendees over 3 days.
What’s there? Manufacturers and suppliers from across the industry come together to showcase their latest products and services to professional heating and plumbing engineers. The event also features a range of free seminars to enable attendees to expand their industry knowledge and gain new skills.
Ticket price: Free to the trades, pre-registration on the PLUMBEXPO website gets you fast-track entry to beat the queues, free bacon roll and t-shirt and a voucher booklet full of exclusive show deals.
When and where is it? 14th – 15th March 2019, Event City, Manchester
UK Construction Week
UK Construction Week is the UK’s largest build environment event bringing together 35,000 design and construction professionals and more than 650 exhibitors across 2 days.
What’s there? A huge range of seminars featuring expert industry speakers, product demonstrations and exhibitors across 9 shows: Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2019, Building Tech Live, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC and Grand Designs Live.
Ticket price: Free to attend, find out more on the website
When and where is it? 8th – 10th October, NEC, Birmingham