UK Construction Week: Quinn Among “Best in the Show”
Quinn Building Products returned to UK Construction Week 2018 and enjoyed a successful three-day event with the Quinn stand selected as a finalist for Best Stand at the Build Show 2018.
With nine shows housing over 650 exhibitors and over 35,000 visitors, UK Construction Week is the UK’s largest built environment event and is held annually in the NEC in Birmingham. The Quinn stand was a hive of interaction at this year’s event, with the Quinn team enjoying a very busy week meeting with hundreds of visitors and customers.
One of the show highlights was the Quinn Pic N Mix competition which gave visitors to the stand the chance to win £500 and learn about Quinn’s unique mixed loads delivery offering. The Pic N Mix game was a top attraction and helped earn Quinn’s stand a finalist place in the Build Show’s Best Stand competition.
Speaking of the success Quinn’s presence earned at UK Construction Week, Lee Gillman, GB Sales and Marketing Director with Quinn Building Products, said,
“UK Construction Week has been a great success for us this year. We’ve catered very well for the different visitors to the show, ensuring there is something for everyone on the stand, and that has proven to be very fruitful for us.
Details of our product ranges, their quality and technical specifications were obviously at the core of our messaging, and in particular we had a lot of interest in our new bagged cement range and its weatherproof plastic packaging, which has been hugely successful in the UK this year.
As well as that we’ve had a busy show talking to people about our Quinn Therm insulation products, Quinn Lite thermal blocks and Quinn Rooftiles and we’re also delighted to see so much interest in our Precast concrete offering, with a lot of visitors keen to talk to us about our full service offering from design right through to installation.”
Nathan Garnett, Event Director at UK Construction Week, spent some time on the Quinn stand. He commended the Quinn team for the energy on the stand, and went on to say,
“The Quinn stand is one of the best in the show. It’s very immersive and very popular and there’s been a lot of social media engagement with the competition and the leader board.
One of the things we hear from our delegates at the moment is that they want to see innovative new products and quality. Quality is very high on the agenda and Quinn ticks those boxes for us. We’re really, really pleased that Quinn are here.”
Sustainability and Responsibility
The event gave Quinn the opportunity to promote the work they’re doing in the areas of sustainability and responsibility, which many UK customers would not have previously been aware of.
Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration in the construction industry and beyond, and Kevin Lunney, Quinn’s Chief Operations Officer, gave an overview of the company’s People, Planet and Partners Programme saying,
“We have put a huge amount of effort into Quinn People, including training and development for employees, significant investment in local communities and developing our relationships and interaction with schools, colleges and universities.
On the Partners side we’re very focused on the supply chain and making sure that our mixed load delivery solution gives the best possible opportunity for our customers to reduce their carbon footprint and in that respect we’re making significant progress on a continuous basis.
On the Planet side we have put a lot of effort recently into ensuring our products are as sustainable as they can possibly be, particularly in the cement sector where we are BES 6001 accredited for responsible sourcing, we employ the use of solid recovered fuel and we have invested in a broad range of other innovations in relation to saving energy.”
With a dedicated Merchants’ area on the Quinn stand, the team had the opportunity to meet with their customers and other merchants to discuss products and service offerings, and with both sales representatives and technical experts available at the show, the team were equipped to deal with every query.
Lee Gillman went on to say,
“It’s very important to engage with our UK merchants at events like this, and spend time talking to them about their plans and their needs. The industry is constantly evolving so keeping in touch with our customers and potential customers is essential for us to ensure we develop our products and services to meet these needs.
We were also delighted to speak to them about our plans, and to show them the work we’re doing to improve our systems which will ensure a much better experience for all our merchant customers.”
Quinn Pic N Mix Competition
One of the highlights for many visitors to the Quinn stand was the fun, interactive game which challenged players to build their mixed lorry load by connecting as many Quinn products as they could in the time limit. With a “Top Gear” style leaderboard, those who made the top twenty were in with a chance of winning £500 at the end of the week.
“The Quinn Pic N Mix game is to build awareness of our unique mixed load delivery solution,” said Assistant Marketing Manager Paula Donnelly.
“With a broad product portfolio which includes a mix of heavier and lighter products, we can reduce the number of lorries on the road by ensuring our loads are fully utilised and still comply with weight restrictions.
Our heavier products such as cement, roof tiles and blocks are topped with lighter materials such as PIR and EPS insulation. It helps to significantly reduce our carbon footprint and offers greater flexibility and cost savings to our customers.
This mixed loads offering is very popular with our UK merchant customers who are seeking to partner with a company who can demonstrate a real commitment to sustainability.
It’s gained a lot of attention and interaction here at UK Construction Week and has certainly helped us get greater awareness of our more unique solutions out there.”
The £500 giveaway on the stand was won by Amar from Birmingham. Quinn also ran an online version of the Pic N Mix competition for those who weren’t successful at the show, and the £250 prize was won by Rebecca from St Ives, Cambridgeshire.