Join the Buyers & Specifiers Forum – the easy and efficient way to do business


After a highly successful event in 2013, now in its fourth year, the Buyers & Specifiers Forum will return in 2014, bringing a highly effective way for buyers and specifiers to meet with new and existing suppliers and keep up-to-date with all the latest timber industry innovations. This exclusive gathering is by invitation only and is, taking place at Timber Expo on 07 & 08 October 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.

With less than two months to go, some of the most well regarded construction companies, housing developers, architects, engineers and specifiers have signed up to take part in the Timber Buyers & Specifiers Forum.

Feedback on the 2013 event was extremely positive with 100% of participants confirming they would like to take part in the 2014 event. The ‘tried and tested’ format is simple – buyer & specifiers have an online profile detailing the products and services they are looking to source or research – Timber Expo exhibitors can request appointments via an online diary system with those who have a genuine desire to conduct purposeful business meetings .

“This is not purely a networking event,” said Event Director, Loretta Sales. “For Timber Expo exhibitors it is a vital part of the show. For buyers and specifiers it is both time and cost effective – they are in control and can accept or decline meeting requests. Where in the UK can you meet in one place, innovative companies from across the globe providing sustainable timber solutions to build public and private buildings – from care homes, schools and hospitals to housing developments and shopping centres?”

This year for the first time a team from Barratt Developments and Barratt Homes are taking part. As one of the largest and most well-known housing developers, the sustainability and speed of construction offered by structural timber is of great interest to them. Timber may be one of the oldest building materials but the sector is now one of the most innovative.

Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director at Barratt Developments offered his perspective:

“Taking part in the Buyers & Specifiers Forum will enable Barratt Developments & Barratt Homes to research new innovations in sustainable timber systems and extend our network of suppliers.  We have been building homes for more than 50 years and in this time we have grown to become one of the nation’s largest housebuilders. As the demand for energy efficient homes increases, it is our vision to be recognised as the nation’s leading housebuilder, creating communities where people aspire to live.”

Participants are expected to provide the following :

• Potential for future relationships with exhibitors

• Live projects or a significant project pipeline

• Genuine interest to learn about new timber products/technologies

• Decision making authority or influence

Prospective Buyers and Specifiers wishing to take part should contact the Forum Manager,

Alexandra Whitelegg on +44 (0)1743 290 001 or email alexandra.whitelegg


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