Everyone wants to make their home their own. But not everyone takes the step of building their dream home from scratch.
For those ambitious individuals that do, Centaur Media’s Homebuilding & Renovating Show provides advice, resources and top tips for projects of all sizes.
The London event is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, having first launched in 2007 in part as a response to large unmet property demand caused by the housing shortage.
Over the years show has expanded into seven editions, taking place in London, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Somerset, The NEC, Glasgow and Surrey.
“At the time, there was an active audience of people spending large sums of money on all aspects of their homes from bricks and mortar to soft furnishings,” Jason Orme, spokesperson for the show, tells EN. “We decided to engage with it by launching these shows and putting the products or services in front of consumers at the right time.”
The London edition of the Homebuilding & Renovating Show welcomes more than 350 exhibitors from a variety of sectors including architecture, kitchens, bathrooms, ventilation, lighting, doors and more.
“Brands are bringing thousands of products to the event so visitors don’t have to travel around the country to see them,” continues Orme.
“By attending the shows, they can look out for on-trend technologies right through to traditionally handcrafted materials and meet the people behind their creation.”
The show has also launched The Self & Custom Build Market Report 2017, which looks deeper into the data surrounding the self-build and renovation industry and which is the largest of its kind.
“The release of these figures marks the most comprehensive analysis of the current and potential industry ever produced from associated publicly-available data.,” explains Orme. “Supported by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), the report forms a go-to reference for the market.
It offers insightful reading for policymakers at national and local level, and for companies either already in the sector or looking to expand their activity.”
Over its ten years the show has grown steadily, moving from Olympia London to ExCeL London in 2015 to grow its footprint and seeing an 11 per cent increase in visitors in 2016.
Part of this popularity, argues Orme, is due to the show’s ability to provide visitors who are serous about self building or renovating their home with tangible value.
“It’s more hands-on than competitor events,” he explains. “Visitors are committed to their goals and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves to achieve them.
“Being on the show floor is a vibrant experience, packed with inspiration. It’s also extremely busy and animated. Aside from the one-on-one consultations, exhibitors, seminars and masterclasses, real case studies are also present to talk about their experiences with consumers who are facing similar challenges throughout all stages of their projects.”
As the housing sector continues to grow, it’s clear that the Homebuilding & Renovating Show will do the same, and continue to provide visitors with a one-stop- shop for their personal projects.
The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show will take place at ExCeL London on 22-24 September.
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of the feature published in the August issue of EN. The digital version is available online.