A strong contingent of foreign exhibitors, many seeking either to increase their profile in the UK or trying the market for the first time, was a feature of this year’s show.

Exhibitor feedback received by TTJ by the final morning of the three-day show was mixed, with some reporting quality contacts – both merchants and specifiers, while others felt the show was quiet.

Machinery firms Hans Hundegger and Tweddle Engineering used the event to finalise and sign several new machine orders, while a constant stream of speakers kept things lively at the two seminar theatres.

During the event, the British Woodworking Federation and Structural Timber Association, held a launch to unveil the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

“We already work closely with the STA as members of the Wood Accord but this document sets down a clear intent and a simple path to do more,” said Roy Wakeman, on behalf of the BWF. Training will be at the top of the agenda.

“In times of change we need to take a step up and take the lead, working with other aligned bodies, such as the STA and National Association of Shopfitters,” he added.

More feedback will follow in the next issue of TTJ.