Guild Exhibition Breaks All Records

The recent Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps Trade Exhibition has been hailed as an Guild exhibition breaks all recordsout and out success by all who attended.  Swindon proved a popular venue as 23 exhibitors and around 300 visitors gathered for the two day event. Safety Director Steven Howard said “It’s great when all the hard work that goes in to these events pays off, at one point on the Saturday it was difficult to get in the door! I’m delighted. Exhibitors reported consistent trade throughout and because the Guild members had their AGM after the close on the Saturday, the hall was buzzing right up to the end.” (Find out more about the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps Exhibition here)

One noticeable  difference on previous years was the number of non-Guild members who attended. “We pulled out all the stops on promoting the event this year” said Lawson Wight, PR. “Half the visitors were non-members and it was very gratifying to hear their comments on the quality of exhibitors and the friendly welcoming atmosphere”.

The Exhibition is also the time for prizes and awards. The ever popular and hotly contested Best Van competition attracted a record 15 entries. The competition is open to any sweep and was won by Craig Forster, Kent, the first non-member to take the trophy and a cheque for £250. Craig said “Many thanks to the Guild team who allowed me to enter and unbelievably to win, as for the van being a bit scruffy, I arrived after working that morning sweeping chimneys.”

The prize draw is made from visitors business cards collected at the door.  First out of the top hat was NACS member Paul Morgan, Hertfordshire. Paul wins a place on the Guild training course worth over £1300. Next was ICS member Bertie the Sweep, Oxfordshire who wins a place on the Thatched Property Sweeping course worth £250.

The Guild gives two industry awards and the best supplier 2016 went to The Wakefield Brush Company. Gavin Brook of Wakefield said "we were honoured to receive the award and were very happy to have been involved in such a well attended and extremely well organised trade show". The best new product award was won by Landyvent for the Creaway tar and creosote modifier range.

Guild SilhouetteImmediately following the close of the exhibition on the Saturday, 85 Guild members moved on to their AGM, a new record attendance. Saturday night was the occasion of the Gala dinner with another record number booked in. It was great to see so many wives and partners come to enjoy the food and company. The dinner is also the occasion of the famous Guild Charity Raffle and the presentation of the raffle proceeds, as well as some internal awards and certifications. This year’s raffle was a special affair and you can find all the details in a separate article.

After all the positive feedback, arrangements are being made for next year’s exhibition. It will once again be in early March and final details will be published soon. Anyone wishing to discuss exhibiting next year should contact Steven Howard at: exhibition.gomcs@gmail.com

 

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