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GGP 08 August 2016

10 NEWS Top entertainment at UK Construction Week UK Construction Week, which takes place at Birmingham NEC from 18 – 20 October, has announced several new industry awards to celebrate excellence in the sector at this year’s exhibition, plus a packed entertainment programme that will include the return of its popular beer festival. Free to enter for all UK Construction Week visitors and exhibitors, the beer and ale festival will provide a vibrant and social way to unwind at the show with more than 30 craft ales to try, live music and gourmet food. The Genting International Casino at Resorts World Birmingham will also be hosting a dedicated UK Construction Week casino night on the second evening of the show. On the first evening of UK Construction Week, the inaugural Construction Enquirer Awards will be held at the prestigious new Vox, NEC Birmingham. With an expected audience of 500 people, the awards are open to contractors, clients and suppliers, with the winners decided by an industry vote. A top 10 will be published for the 12 different categories and the ultimate winners revealed on the night. Tickets and tables are available to book now and visitors are encouraged to act quickly to avoid disappointment – details available on the website. In addition, UK Construction Week will host several other new industry awards including the Concrete Awards as part of the Surface & Materials Show in partnership with World Architecture News (WAN), the Infrastructure Awards as part of Civils Expo in partnership with WAN, the Structural Timber Awards in partnership with the Structural Timber Association (STA) and the BIM Awards in www.ggpmag.com August 2016 partnership with the Building Research Establishment (BRE). A number of other useful events will be taking place during UK Construction Week including breakfast briefings with Glenigan and the Construction Products Association (CPA). The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) will also be announcing the winner of £5,000 and its Self Build on a Shoestring competition at Grand Designs Live. In addition, ITN Productions in partnership with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) will be launching its ‘Foundations for the Future’ news-style programme at the Build Show. UK Construction Week combines nine shows in one location. With over 24,000 trade visitors last year – a figure expected to double at this year’s event – the show boasts over 1,000 exhibitors. Visitors are able to attend Timber Expo, the Build Show, Civils Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2016, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2016, Smart Buildings 2016 and Grand Designs Live. www.ukconstructionweek.com 500 leads from one Facebook post The Composite Wood Company has revealed that it generated 500 sales leads from just one Facebook post recently – indicating a rise in popularity of Composite Wood decking, fencing and garden rooms. The company is now looking for additional installers to register as trade customers. “More than 500 homeowners contacted us directly through Facebook or by clicking onto our website. Many asked for prices or told us about projects they have lined up. We’ve passed on leads to registered installers in the relevant towns and cities,” said Tony Pratt, sales director at Composite Wood Company. “Facebook has been amazing for us. We regularly boost posts alongside our daily updates and the response is always massive.” According to the Composite Wood Company, the true scale of the results – on a budget of only £250 – was that the post reached 211,164 people. 22,811 of those engaged with the post by clicking photos, sharing the post, making comments or visiting the Composite Wood Company website. GM Fundraising completes Border2Border cycling challenge The GM Fundraising Border2Border team, sponsored by Deceuninck, has completed its epic challenge of cycling from Canada to Mexico. “I struggle to find the words to explain how difficult it was,” commented Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising and a rider in this year’s B2B challenge. “Brutal, was one widely used by almost every rider. The early part of the ride saw heavy rain, thunderstorms, snow and hail storms with temperatures around 7°. One of the hardest days, unexpectedly, was on day two riding from Monroe into ‘Yakama, Washington State. Team one had to climb 5,400ft, more than half of which was in the last eight miles, through pouring rain and a strong head wind – it felt like the worst hour of any ride I have ever done, both physically and mentally. The winds on day three saw us pedalling our hearts out downhill where there would normally be some reprieve. “This quickly changed though as we ascended on to the Columbian Plateau and into the desert. The high temperatures meant early starts to avoid the +45° highs; gruelling runs through deserts which nearly set your feet on fire, and an astonishing amount of feet climbed in one day – 12,994ft over the Santa Rosa Mountains into Borrego Springs on day 10 to be precise. “To say I am very proud of the team is an understatement. In total, the team as whole, completed the following: 2,111 miles; 94,600ft of climbing; 864,000 calories burned; and 4,536,000 peddle turns. “We will be announcing the grand total soon but in the meantime you can still support the team through our just giving page: www.justgiving.com/teams/GMFB2”


GGP 08 August 2016
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