Construction Expo

Events Posted 06/09/16
The Kent Event Centre welcomes Construction Expo back on Thursday 6 October 2016.

Run by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce it brings together construction professionals from across the South East and beyond, combining a free to attend exhibition, conference and large demonstration areas.

2015 saw over 3,000 people attend along with some of the UK’s largest contractors and with plans for more than 200 exhibitors alone this year, the Expo is set to be bigger and better in 2016.

Construction Expo 2016 will again have a full conference programme that combines keynote speakers tackling critical sector issues in practical and manageable ways along with interactive workshops offering businesses of all sizes actionable take-aways to implement and grow their business.

Meet the buyer

As one of the few completely free Meet the Buyer opportunities in the UK, this year will see over 600 appointments available with 30 top purchasers and decision makers. This is the perfect opportunity to get your business in front of some of the leading contractors, suppliers and public sector departments. Companies that have signed up so far include Amey, Baxall, Bouygues, Galliford Try, Balfour Beatty, Kent County Council, Kier, Willmott Dixon, WW Martin, Walker Construction and Skanska. Appointments will be offered initially to exhibitors and then opened to all delegates on a first come first served basis.

Leading business speakers

The Construction Expo will offer a balance of high level industry speakers tackling current issues affecting the construction sector along with updates from senior figures of some the South East’s largest projects. David Testa, CEO, London Paramount who will be offering an update on the multi-million pound entertainment resort in North Kent along with Paul Spooner, chief executive, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation who will be updating on Ebbsfleet Garden City. Richard Hicks, director of regeneration at Medway Council will be looking at current regeneration opportunities and what’s planned for the future and Scott-James Eley, supply chain manager at HS2 Ltd will be discussing the commercial opportunities that the HS2 project might bring to Kent.

Alongside these major regional projects and opportunities will be senior director’s from leading national construction businesses such as Kier Group Plc, Balfour Beatty and Golden Houses Developments Ltd. Inspirational, contemporary architect, Richard Hawkes, who featured in Channel 4’s Grand Designs becoming one of Kevin McCloud’s favourite projects, will be discussing the house he designed and built - the Grand Designs Eco Arch – the House with no Bills.

Workshops offering knowledge and solutions

Learn why supply chain should be incorporated into your business strategy and let Leonardo Wood, founder of LGX Ltd, show you how to multiply your customers and sales using the 3 step iMarketing process. Cristina Lanz-Azcarate, Director in her own studio Atelier EURA and a Chartered Member of RIBA will be challenging perceptions, discussing how the industry should be supporting diversity. Kent County Council and Kent Invicta Chamber will be launching an exciting new EU funded project designed to help businesses innovate and trade overseas and Kier will be joined by Scape Framework to share their knowledge of the framework and how it could benefit your business.

Business breakfast and dinner

There will also be a business breakfast with two guest speakers, Kevin Bryne, founder of, who will be looking at why people are more important than business and Jim MClelland who will be looking at the future of construction, the global megatrends and cultural behaviours that are driving change. The Construction Expo business dinner will feature Gyles Brandeth, former MP, TV presenter and raconteur.

Jo James, chief executive of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re thrilled to be back at the Kent Event Centre for Construction Expo. As the only event of this type in the region it’s always a brilliantly productive day. Packed with networking, learning and information, it’s free to attend and I would really urge anyone involved in the construction sector to come along.”

To book your free delegate place go to, email saying “Book me on the Construction Expo” or text book to 66777.

If you are interested in exhibiting please call Penny on 01732 758530 or email

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