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NFRC launches new show dedicated to contractors

Twickenham Stadium was the venue for the inaugural Contractor’s Day, a new one-day, regional exhibition from the NFRC and Total Contractor for the roofing, cladding and associated sectors

Visitors were able to get up close and see the latest offerings from a huge range of manufacturers and suppliers, pick the brains of technical experts, plus speak to the leading associations in their market.

Visitors to Contractor’s Day also enjoyed the fantastic speaker line-up in the two SIG Roofing-sponsored seminar theatres. The topics up for discussion included practical content for site work such as GRO Chairman Mark Harris’ Fire Safety for Green Roofs presentation; Mark Dunn of Langley Waterproofing Systems and Gary Walpole of the NFRC’s update on the Safe2Torch initiative; and Louise Hosking of IOSH, Kirsty Phillips of Gully Howard Technical and Gary Walpole’s talk on Asbestos – Where it is Found and What to do.

But speakers also looked at issues away from site including Connie Cobb of law firm Keoghs’ enlightening talk on project policies and how contractors can avoid being caught out; Simon Dixon of the NFRC’s presentation on celebrating the future of roofing; and Lucy Kendrick and Natalie Adcock of HROC’s advice on how contractors can make the most of social media.

      A real attraction for visitors was RoofCERT Delivery Director Jon Vanstone’s presentation and workshop on the new accreditation for roofers, which was standing room only, highlighting the interest there is in this key issue for the sector moving forward.

The BMI Skills Zone also grabbed visitors’ attention as they tested their roofing prowess in the Spot the Defects competition and watched live demonstrations from this year’s BMI Apprentices of the Year Kieran Forster and Jay Webster under the watchful eye of BMI’s Mat Woodyatt and Alastair Blant.


    This event provided contractors with a fantastic opportunity meet directly with the UK’s leading roofing suppliers in one place

Amanda Brackey, Head of Marketing & Communications said: “The NFRC is dedicated to promoting excellence and safety and is always looking for new ways to reach roofing and cladding contractors. This event provided contractors with a fantastic opportunity meet directly with the UK’s leading roofing suppliers in one place, but also to benefit from a packed programme of technical and non-technical presentations organised by the NFRC and supported by SIG Roofing.

"We’d like to thank Knowledge Partner SIG Roofing and Skills Partner BMI; show supporters Marley, Bauder, Brett Martin and Midland Lead for their support, and of course all the exhibitors and visitors that made the day a success. Next year the NFRC with our partner Total Contractor will be holding Contractor’s Day at Twickenham and Manchester so watch this space!”

Matt Downs, Editorial Director of Total Contractor, explained: “We all know how important a roofing contractor’s time is, so the key to Contractor’s Day is bringing the best exhibitors from across the market and ensuring we have leading figures discussing the key issues affecting contractors both on site and as businesses, all in one iconic venue. This means in a short space of time, visitors can get a clear picture of the developments and changes within their market.”

Andy Dunn, Publishing Director of Total Contractor, continued: “Despite the success of the inaugural Contractor’s Day, we’re working hard already to develop the content and ensure visitors to both Contractor’s Day North and Contractor’s Day South in 2019 can maximise their time at this new regional event for roofing and cladding contractors.”