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Bigger and better

A BIGGER show with increased drawing power should make for a busy four days at Civils 2000, exhibitors and organisers are predicting.

Passing trade from the Interbuild exhibition, being run in tandem with Civils, is expected to swell numbers further. Civils 98, the inaugural show held at the National Exhibition Centre last year, counted 6,500 visitors through its doors.

A significant international contingent is expected to visit Birmingham next year, thanks to support for Civils and Interbuild from the Department for Trade & Industry. As part of its role in attracting inward investment and promoting UK exports overseas, information about the exhibitions is being spread through DTi trade missions in 12 countries.

The ICE's international network is also being mobilised to spread awareness of Civils 2000.

Meanwhile, linking Civils in NEC Hall Nine with Interbuild Structural Building in Hall Five is intended to generate complementary flow between the two exhibitions.

Interbuild director Adrian Ford said the strength of exhibition had traditionally been in attracting a wide cross section of visitors, including 'decision makers' and specifiers.

The combined exhibition is the first opportunity to represent the whole range of UK construction's skills and specialities in civil engineering through to lighter building work, he added.

However, the high profile of contractors and consultants at Civils marks a clear distinction between the two shows, Ford noted. The civil engineering content of Civils 2000 is being amplified with a series of 40 seminars over three days, and talks by key-note speakers.

For more details on exhibiting at Civils 2000 contact Sally Devine on tel (0171) 505 6644. E-mail: sallyd@construct.emap.

If you are a Civils 2000 exhibitor and would like to contribute a seminar to the exhibition programme contact Mike Winney on tel (01223) 263365. E-mail:

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