GraftersLIVE showcases Northern Powerhouse

GraftersLIVE opens the doors to a what’s being called a ‘new concept in trade shows’ in Manchester

Autumn brings with it a feeling of anticipation. People return refreshed from holidays, the new term starts, and Manchester opens its doors to an exciting new concept in trade shows. “Not another trade show” I hear you say! And you would be correct, it’s not just another trade show. GraftersLIVE is the only B2B Construction and Property exhibition to celebrate upcoming projects, in a region that is living up to its name as the Northern Powerhouse.

With interviews throughout the day hosted by renowned BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast Show presenter Rachel Burden, this is an opportunity to hear first hand from some of the north west’s biggest property developers and main contractors about plans for the region.

Some of the speakers on the main stage offering their unique view on the opportunities for growth will include Alex Russell, group managing director of Property Alliance Group; Gary Jackson, Founder and CEO of De Trafford Estates; Giles Beswick, director of Select Property; Nathan Priestley, CEO of Priestly Group; Guy Horne, co-founder and MD of HS Property Group; and Yousef Mousavi, design director of Altin Homes.

Two seminar theatres will be providing a wealth of CPD, seminar and practical workshop material on topics as wide ranging as ‘Facades and Fire Safety’ delivered by trade association Engineered Panels in Construction (EPIC), to ‘Building Your Brand in the Built Environment’ from construction PR specialists Smith Goodfellow.

The exhibition space itself is following an unusual format. Inspired by effective networking groups, stands are only open to one of each kind of manufacturer or provider, ensuring a wide range of the finest products and services the North West can offer will be on show for delegates. To add further value, a unique networking opportunity is available for those quick off the mark to register. Based on the long established and popular Grafters networking lunch events, this format facilitates meeting the people you want to do business with, in a structured but relaxed and informal way. Places are limited, so book early. The man behind the concept is Paul Kilroe, an entrepreneur who understands that good business is all about relationships, and who has his roots set firmly in construction history as the son of respected head of the Kilroe Construction Group, Tim Kilroe. Organiser of highly successful Awards events The Grafters, Talk of Manchester (the TOMs), and the Eat, Drink and Sleep Awards, as well as carefully targeted networking groups, including Grafters for construction professionals and the exclusive Boardroom for business owners, Paul believes that this show is like no other.

“Manchester is the fastest growing city in the north. Where else can you get to celebrate not only the incredible projects that are springing up all over the north west, but also such a strong pipeline of future work? Where else but in the heartland of the industrial revolution should you experience the innovation, drive and passion of the manufacturers, developers, contractors and architects who are helping to deliver that pipeline? Too many shows simply aim to fill stands, without considering how to provide a valuable experience for the people they want to attract through the doors. We are about helping people to connect and to find what they are looking for, whether it’s CPD points, a local supplier, or an answer to a problem. GraftersLIVE is a platform where people can come together to learn about what is going on, to share knowledge and success, and do business with each other.” The exhibition is free to attend and promises to be the largest gathering yet of the region’s property development industry.

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