Clearview South November 2013 - Issue 144 - Page 31

eventnews BIGGER, BETTER, BUSIER… As the eighth Grand Designs Live Birmingham closed its doors at the NEC once again Media 10, the prestigious events organisers, celebrated its most successful show to date, with more than 64,356 (subject to ABC audit) visitors, a 28% increase from 50,049 (ABC audited) in 2012, and 500 exhibitors, affirming its position as the UK’s top contemporary home show. As excited visitors gathered to enter the 2013 event, show host Kevin McCloud was on hand to greet their arrival, before cutting the ribbon and declaring the 2013 show officially open. The show’s footprint expanded by 15%, taking over two halls. Exhibitors were also delighted with the show’s success. Caroline Mills, Product Manager for Anglian Home Improvements commented: “This was the first time that we have exhibited at Grand Designs Live Birmingham and we had a phenomenal response to our products. The footfall was exceptional – our Timber Orangery in Grand Build was filled with visitors from the moment the show opened. The show attracts visitors who are actively in the market for improving their homes, which is a great fit for our products and services. Overall Grand Designs Live 2013 has been a great success for us.” Grand Designs Live will return to London at the ExCeL Docklands from the 3rd – 11th May 2014. Putting Awards on the map Purplex Marketing, the window industry specialist marketing agency, was appointed to help launch the inaugural Business Leaders Awards, with an ambitious brief to create the South West’s most influential business event. Sam Cross, Account Manager for Purplex, said; “Initially this was a daunting task; to launch any inaugural event is a challenge but our brief was to create the highest profile and most prestigious business awards ever held in the South West.” The event was held at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House Hotel, on Thursday 26th September 2013, and the evening proved a resounding success. Tickets sold out two months ahead with over 600 requests for an event that was originally planned for 300. But it was the calibre of guests that made the night truly special; this included leaders in business, government and education including Dr Liam Fox MP, Dr Paul Philips OBE, and a host of celebrities including Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts and a number of high profile published authors. Representatives from some of the South West’s largest companies attended, including GE Oil and Smurfit Kappa, along with representatives from the banking and financial sectorand legal sector. For more information call Purplex Marketing on 01934 808132 or visit GETTING FIT AGAIN! Universal Arches has committed to the FIT Show again for 2014 with some gusto and will be looking to build on its impressive presence at the 2013 exhibition, as the company celebrates its 20th consecutive year in business. At the FIT Show 2013, Universal Arches was the only bending specialist at the show, displaying newly formed Residence 9 frames and an arched Solidor composite door. The company has exclusive arrangements with both of these key industry partners, as one would expect from the bending sector market leader. With over 2,000 visitors to the stand in 2013, Universal Arches had what was, according to the organisers, the most visited stand at the show, based on data captured. This was helped in no small part to the competition to enter the arched composite door, with the keys being handed out with the lanyards at the registration to the show. To read more, visit Leon Day, managing director of Universal Arches, comments: ‘It’s important for us, as the market leader in the bending sector, to be seen alongside our peers in the other sectors of the glazing industry.” ‘Over 2,000 visitors to the stand’ Visit, call 01744 612844 or follow @ universalarches on Twitter. NOV 2013 31