Renovating expos receive renewed interest

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Centaur Exhibitions has reported a nine per cent attendance increase across its homebuilding and renovating show portfolio in 2010.The company’s five Homebuilding and Renovating Shows and its National Home Improvement Show brought 77,000 visitors this year, up approximately 6,500 on 2009. The largest increase both in proportion and absolute visitor numbers was at the second edition of the National Home Improvement Show in Earls Court, London, which saw attendance grow by 30 per cent compared to its 2009 launch. Of the five Homebuilding and Renovating Shows, the biggest percentage growth was at Harrogate from 5 to 7 November. The Harrogate show grew by 1,772 visitors to a new total of 10,475.“The people who come to our show are serious people with projects, people with a genuine passion to build or renovate their homes. Twelve to 18 months ago everything just stopped,” said Nick Noble, MD of Centaur Consumer Exhibitions, "and the potential self-builders of the future stopped coming." He added that the rise in attendance hopefully signals a rebounding of the homebuilding and renovation market.Centaur last month reported strong events business in the first four months of its financial year.
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