Emap Connect announces changes to BEST exhibition

Following a strategic review of its Built Environment exhibition portfolio, Emap Connect has announced changes to the exhibition elements that ran under the BEST umbrella at the NEC in 2010. InstallerLive, which Emap acquired last Autumn and The Infrastructure Show, are both enjoying strong bookings and will continue, as planned to run at the NEC in October 2011. Built Environment Solutions & Technologies (BEST), Interbuild Onsite and Glassex will not run in 2011, but a new show will be launched in 2012 (more details to follow).

Whilst many leading companies had committed to the BEST proposition in 2011, the economic downturn and unprecedented challenges facing the industry, meant that Emap could not guarantee the scale or scope of event that customers demand and expect.

Richard Baker, MD of Emap Connect’s Construction portfolio said: “We believe this is the right decision at the right time. Market conditions are very tough and the industry needs a more targeted event which reflects the challenges of today’s UK construction industry. We will now be fully engaging with all parts of the market about plans we have to better serve the construction industry moving forwards. We still believe there is a need for a clearly targeted construction show of significant scale in the Midlands, and we will now consult openly with trade associations, potential exhibitors and visitors (buyers) as to the precise format this should take in 2012.”

InstallerLive and The Infrastructure Show will both be supported by a significant marketing spend and with new features, focused seminar areas and networking platforms to ensure the visitor and exhibitor experience will be of a high standard. Both exhibitions will have their own identity, their own exhibition halls at the NEC (3 and 3A) and their own dedicated sales and organisational teams.

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