TAKING TIME OUT of your business can be difficult to justify with quotes piling up and the customers ringing.
If you need to take time out, then choose wisely. By attending UK Construction Week (UKCW) you can network, learn and discover new products all in one place.
Now is the time to get registered to attend the UK’s largest construction event, at the NEC on 8-10 October.
New roofing products
Staying up to date with all the latest technology is essential to find the right product for the job. If you need to source new tools or discover new roofing products, then look no further than UKCW.
Build, sponsored by Easy-Trim, covers all aspects of roofing, cladding and insulation. Exhibitors include: BLM British Lead which is using 100% recycled raw material in its products, Carlisle CM Europe is offering a leading waterproofing solution for flat roofs, and Tuff Waterproofing Limited is offering liquid polyester resins to create attractive, fully waterproof roofs. Quinn Building Products will also be discussing its concrete roof tiles, as well as its high performance PIR and EPS insulation. While Easy-Trim will be on hand to showcase its latest roofing and insulation products as well as its Roto Roof Windows system.
You could leave the future of the industry as a surprise. But where’s the business sense in that? Disruptors are now present in many different markets, so this year UKCW is shining a spotlight on the serious change-makers in construction. To aid the search, a new Innovation Zone has been established in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub).
Another new addition for this year is the Innovation Station in partnership with On the Tools. This is a demonstration area specifically for power tools, with all the latest top trade brands in action. Visitors can pick up tips from the experts on how to get the most from their range, try out the latest products, and cut a deal with the manufacturers as show discounts will apply.
Your own personal learning
There is a wealth of seminars available at UKCW covering all aspects of construction and roofing. The Regeneration Hub seminar programme will discuss regional regeneration, with developers, local authorities and contractors speaking about the positive effects that different projects have had on their local communities.
There is a big push on Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) at this year’s show. To understand more about this development then head to the MMC opportunities for social housing and regeneration talk on 9 October in Hall 9 at 1pm at the Regeneration Hub.
Seminars taking place at the Working Well Together Theatre include sessions on, keeping people safe while working at height, how to manage the issue of alcohol and drugs effectively in the workplace and mental health in the work place – an industry perspective.
CPD Hub 2 in Hall 11 on 8 October is the place to go to understand more about assessments of warm roofing systems. And as Brexit looms large, there are free CPD seminars on Building standards post-Brexit and post-Grenfell.
Celebrations and a beer
The show hosts the new Building Trades Awards with Fix Radio on Wednesday 9 October. There is still time to nominate a colleague for the Best Roofer category, voting closes on 13 September.
Unwind each day with a beer, some street food and a spot of music. The Fischer bar is in Hall 11 and the Rawlplug bar is in Hall 12. Don’t forget the Beer Festival, sponsored by NBS and of course the ‘Rockaoke’ on Wednesday night.
UKCW is one event with many sections, including Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only).