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Top Construction Expos, Meet the Buyer Events and Conferences in 2019

Top construction shows, expos and meet the buyer events in 2019

If you’re looking for events dedicated to the Construction Industry in the UK, look no further! There are many opportunities to meet suppliers and buyers (main contractors and sub-contractors), often for free, across the country.

Have I missed an event? Please leave me a comment to let me know!

21 May 2019 – Constructionline Northern Ireland “Meet the Buyer”, Belfast

Organised by Constructionline in Belfast, this free “Meet the Buyer” event has a strong line up of main contractors, sub-contractors, public authorities, charities and industry associations, including:

  • The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD)
  • Education Authority NI
  • Ulster University
  • Translink
  • The Electrical Contractors’ Association
  • Wates Construction
  • JH Turkington & Sons Ltd
  • FK Lowry 
  • The National Trust

23 May 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” North West, Blackburn

Organised by Heathrow Airport in Blackburn, this free “Meet the Buyer” event is there to help SMEs navigate Heathrow’s supply chain. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors!

6 June 2019 – Wates Supplier Engagement Day, Oxford

Organised by Wates Construction, this free “Meet the Buyer” event allows sub-contractors and local suppliers to meet Wates’ senior leadership, understand better how to navigate Wates’ supply chain – a first step for interesting partnership opportunities!

13 June 2019 – Constructionline “Meet the Buyer”, Bristol

Organised by Constructionline in Bristol, this free “Meet the Buyer” event offers exciting opportunities to meet with top main contractors, public sector authorities, construction trade bodies and local buyers in the Bristol area. The line-up of confirmed exhibitors includes:

  • Bouygues UK
  • Kier Construction
  • Colas SIAC 
  • McLaughlin & Harvey
  • BAM Construction
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Speller Metcalfe
  • Lovell Partnerships Ltd
  • The Camping and Caravanning Club
  • THSP Risk Management
  • Sell2Wales
  • ENGIE
  • CITB
  • Electrical Contractors’ Association

14 June 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” East Midlands, Nottingham

Organised by Heathrow Airport in Nottingham, this free “Meet the Buyer” event is there to help local SMEs capture some of Heathrow’s exciting supply chain opportunities.

27 June 2019 – Constructionline “Meet the Buyer”, Newmarket

Organised by Constructionline in Newmarket, this free “Meet the Buyer” event offers exciting opportunities to meet 10 buyers in the Construction sector, active in the Suffolk area. Why not come and meet with:

  • VINCI
  • Hill
  • Jeakins Weir 
  • McGoff Group
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • THSP Risk Management
  • Essex Trading Standards
  • Suffolk Chamber Supply chain
  • CITB
  • Electrical Contractors’ Association

4 July 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” Wales, Cardiff

Organised by Heathrow Airport in Cardiff, don’t miss this free “Meet the Buyer” event to promote your business to Heathrow’s top tier contractors and win new contracts!

5 September 2019 – Constructionline “Meet the Buyer”, Leeds

9 buyers are confirmed for this free “Meet the Buyer” event organised by Constructionline in Leeds, incudling main contractors, local buyers and construction associations:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kier Services
  • Bardsley Construction
  • McGoff Group
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Centurion Traffic Management
  • Camping and Caravanning Club
  • THSP Risk Management
  • CITB

17 September 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” Northern Ireland, Belfast

Another free business summit organised by Heathrow Airport in Belfast, this is a great way to meet Heathrow buyers face to face and get introduced to supply chain managers and buyers.

26 September 2019 – Constructionline “Meet the Buyer”, Scotland

Why miss this opportunity to meet in person with senior representatives of the supply chain of some of the most famous names in the UK construction industry and public sector authorities? 7 suppliers have confirmed they would attend this event organised for free by Constructionline:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Wates Construction
  • Clark Contracts
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Supplier Development Programme
  • The Scottish Government
  • CITB

3 October 2019 – Kent Construction Expo

The Kent Construction Expo is another exciting opportunity to meet top construction buyers, for free! Organised in the Kent Event Centre in Detling and run by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, this is another event not to miss if you’er a contractor, or construction suppler in the South East. Last year’s buyers included:

  • Bouygues
  • Kier
  • Galliford Try
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Skanska
  • Vattenfall
  • Lakehouse
  • Countryside
  • Rap Interiors
  • Midas
  • Coombs
  • DCB Kent Limited
  • Jenner
  • Ash
  • WW Martin

26 September 2019 – South East Construction Expo

Organised in the South of England Event Centre in Haywards Heath, the South East Construction Expo is a really well attended event for all construction professionals in the South East of England. You’ll have opportunities too meet hundreds of buyers and suppliers, and attend a free “Meet the Buyer” event! Some of the buyers lined up in 2018 were:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Wates Construction
  • Kier
  • Galliford Try
  • Willmott Dixon
  • BAM
  • Lakehouse
  • Pilbeam Construction
  • Baxall
  • Midas
  • Colours Decorating
  • Countryside

10 October 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” Scotland, Edinburgh

One of the 10 free business summits organised by Heathrow Airport, why not join this event to meet with top contractors, but also fellow suppliers for exciting future business opportunities?

24 October 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” Yorkshire and the Humber, York

Don’t miss this free “Meet the Buyer” event organised by Heathrow Airport. It’s a great way to learn about Heathrow expansion plan and associated business opportunities!

7 November 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer” Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent

Are you a construction SME based in the Midlands? Why not attend the penultimate “Meet the Buyer” event organised by Heathrow Airport in Stoke-on-Trent? It’s free and it’s a great opportunity to meet top quality buyers!

13 November 2019 – Constructionline “Meet the Buyer”, Manchester

An exciting line of exhibitors confirmed for the last free “Meet the Buyer” event of 2019 organised by Constructionline in Manchester, with a mix of main suppliers, local sub-contractors, public bodies and trade associations. Join them for face-to-face discussions! 16 exhibitors are confirmed to date:

  • Bouygues UK
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kier Services
  • Wates Construction
  • BAM Construction
  • Bardsley Construction
  • Elliott Group
  • McGoff Group
  • Seddon Construction
  • Whitfield & Brown (Developments)
  • Conlon Construction
  • Plastic Surgeon
  • Imagile Professional Services
  • THSP Risk Management
  • CITB
  • Electrical Contractors’ Association

27-28 November 2019 – London Build 2019, Olympia London

With more than 350 exhibitors, the London Build 2019 is an exciting opportunity to network extensively with the 25,000+ suppliers and buyers in attendance. Free to attend, it claims to be the “largest construction and built environment show for London”.

28 November 2019 – Heathrow Business Summits “Meet the Buyer”, Heathrow Airport

Last but not least, this is the last event of 2019 organised by Heathrow Airport in London Heathrow – unmissable! Contrary to the other 9 Heathrow Business Summits that are free, you’ll need to pay between £60 and £204 to attend this flagship event. The event is often over-subscribed so don’t leave it to too late!

As the Director of TempaGoGo, an SME helping construction companies recruit temporary staff more easily from recruitment agencies, I have attended a number of these events: the Constructionline event in London, the Heathrow flagship summit and the Kent and South East Construction Expos which I have found really useful.

Have I missed any event? Please leave me a comment to let me know!

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