FIT Show organisers have pushed back the proposed 2021 event from May to a September in the face of growing uncertainty over the advance of the pandemic.
Event director Nickie West said the proactive decision was made to create a safer timeline for the industry to work towards. She added: “We have taken many factors into consideration as part of this process, including the likely surge in demand for summer holidays and the 2022 Fensterbau timeline.
We believe that FIT Show in the Autumn of 2021 will come at just the right time for the industry, steering the ship to reflect the industry’s V-shaped recovery.
The move is the second time the show has fallen victim to the global pandemic after initial plans to move to an annual platform with the addition of a 2020 event were reversed as a result of the initial spread of the virus read story
The new dates will also see the show open on a Sunday for the first time. Nickie explained: “This will create an ideal opportunity for busy installers to visit over the weekend if they are unable to attend during the week. This is something we have been asked to consider by our stakeholders in the past and an initiative we believe to be right for 2021.”
The show, initially planned for the coming May 25-27, will return to the NEC from Sunday 26 toTuesday 28 September.
Organisers confirm that the FIT Show will revert to its usual May slot in 2023, continuing its biennial pattern from there on.
Nickie concluded: “The additional time that we now have before the show provides an opportunity to explore new content and feature ideas to enhance our proposition. We are already exploring new product focuses, such as our outdoor living feature, and will be implementing new hybrid event features that will extend the value of the show above and beyond the three physical days of the event. We are excited to announce these plans over the coming months.