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26 Apr 2024

Materials & Finishes Show Brand New CPD Certified Learning Programme is Live! 

Organisers of Materials & Finishes Show (formerly W Exhibition) have announced that its brand new CPD Certified learning programme is now live! 

Visitors to the event, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from Sunday 19 - Wednesday 22 May, 2024, will be able to choose from four packed days of seminars and panel debates delivered by experts. 

The learning programme has been designed to complement the practical sessions that will run alongside the theatre on the brand new Live Demo Zone. The full programme can be viewed here and includes:

  • The Future of Factories - Al Parra, Co founder, BLOQS

  • Apprenticeships - Grow your own talent! - Natalie Cole, Skills Plus Coordinator, The Furniture Makers Company & Kevin Martin, Webstraining

  • Market Drivers and Key Trends in the Construction Industry - Abdul Tantouch, Head of Content, Barbour & Richard Brace, Director of AMA Research, Barbour

  • Woodland to Workshop: Trees, Timber and Time - John Orchard, CEO Woodland Heritage & Dermot Doyne, Sawmill Manager, Whitney Sawnmills  

  • Social Media for Small Businesses - Derek Barrett, Derek Barrett Design & Robin Clevett, UKConstruction 

  • Addressing the Craft Skills Shortage in the UK - Eddie Pratt, Institute of Carpenters 


Event director, david Todd said: “The brand-new CPD learning programme will deliver four packed days of CPD certified learning content, from panel discussions and keynotes through to seminars, all delivered by industry experts. The programme has been carefully crafted to arm visitors with the latest information, knowledge and inspiration to help you do better business once they leave the show. 

“Get ready for four days of sessions, from Navigating Compliance and Health and Safety Regulations, Social Media for Small Businesses, The Future of Factories through to Maximising Efficiency and Minimising Cost: The Joinery Edition and Woodland to Workshop: Trees, Timber & Time.”

Materials & Finishes Show is the UK’s trade show for the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries. Visitors can register to attend the show for free here


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