Past events

Please take a look at some of our previous events and workshops.


"Choose Your Future 2013" - Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich - 28th November 2013

"Construction Marketplace" - County Hall, Norwich - 7th November 2013

"Norfolk Constructing the Future Conference & Build Norfolk Construction Marketplace - John Innes Centre, Norwich - 1st December 2011"

"Build Your Future 2011" - City College, Norwich - 4th November 2011

"Keeping Norfolk Green" - Britannia Safety and Training - 28th June 2011

"Meet the Construction Buyer" - Great Yarmouth Racecourse - 10th March 2011

"Construction Marketplace" - County Hall, Norwich - 30th November 2010

"Build Your Future 2010" - County Hall, Norwich - 18th October 2010



Choose Your Future - Careers event

Norfolk Showground - 28th November 2013

Sponsored by Norfolk County Council and organised by Moore Networking Ltd, OPITO & Nexus, CYF 2013 sought to show students and careers advisers the wide range of skills required and career options available in the Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing and Energy sectors.

We wanted to give students a "hands-on" experience so they could safely try things out for themselves. Importantly, the intention of the event was to guide them as to how to prepare for a career in one of the industries represented and advise them about available training and other opportunities.

The target for the event was to engage 1000 students, 30+ teachers and c.60 employers and final counts were 1900 students, 165 teachers/careers advisors and 62 exhibitor stands comprising 240 exhibitor staff.

To view a video of the event - please click here

Event feedback:

Student/Delegate Feedback:

87% of respondents stated CYF helped them think about what they'd like to do in the future
"There was lots to do and lots of information" - Toby King

Careers Advisor/Teacher Feedback:

Average score for the event was 8.6 out of 10

"What a great event! Our students came back with information, contacts, and a re-energised drive to succeed. We picked up a few tips as well!!" - Graham Fish - Thorpe St Andrew

Exhibitor feedback:

Average score for the event was 8.25 out of 10

"Very successful. Very busy all day. Well attended event that was well organised" - Camouflaged Learning

"I can honestly say it was one of the best organised events I have ever attended and from a construction industry point of view, one of the most valued events promoting our sector. A great event which was a win-win for all students, teachers and exhibitors." - CITB



Build Norfolk Construction Marketplace - 7th November 2013

This event followed a slightly different structure to previous events with no presentations at all, the focus this time being purely on the networking opportunities.

Just under 200 delegates and 28 exhibitors participated in the Build Norfolk event.

The change of focus was very well received and the feedback outlined below demonstrates this.

Delegates were asked to score the overall value of the event from 0-8 (8 being the highest) and the average score was 6.35 out of 8 (79%). Of the exhibitors that attended the average score was given as 6.3 out of 8 (just under 79%).

Overall, feedback suggested that the main objective of this event, to promote networking opportunities for buyers and contractors, was achieved with most of the delegate feedback saying that the main benefit was the networking opportunity that was provided. This is further evidenced with exhibitors reporting that, collectively, they made over 280 follow up appointments.

Sample of Exhibitor Comments:

NPS Property Consultants Ltd Excellent networking opportunities.
CNC Building Control The networking opportunity, talking to potential customers & making new contacts were of real benefit.
UKTI Raised profile and met with other exhibitors.
TrAC I got to spend valuable time with a number of very useful contacts who I wouldn’t have otherwise met.

Sample of delegate Comments:

NBC Bird & Pest Solutions Good to put names to faces of people that I have tendered work with.
RMP Construction Services Very good opportunity to meet key people in the larger construction companies who it is usually quite difficult to meet.
Benchmark Products In addition to making new contacts, it is good to stay in contact with existing customers.
DMI Leisure Ltd Opportunity to raise awareness of your company with existing and new contractors.



Norfolk - Constructing the Future Conference & Build Norfolk Construction Marketplace 2011

December kicked off to a bright start as local businesses, main contractors, Housing Associations and other construction procurers flocked to the John Innes Centre in Norwich Research Park to learn more about new developments and take advantage of the excellent networking opportunities on offer.


The day began with a series of workshops and presentations, in which we learned about the Broadland Growth Triangle, how the industry is evolving, what will be needed from supply chains of the future and how Broadland District Council plans to support local businesses gear up to meet the challenges. We looked at the need to introduce innovative products and services and looked back at how the Code 6 homes in Trinity Close, Broadland were built. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the presenters and contributors including the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Broadland District Council, the Low Carbon Innovation Centre (LCIC), Dove Jeffrey Homes, UK Trade & Investment, the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Build Norfolk. In particular we’d like to thank our conference Chair, David Henry, Senior Contracts Manager for Kier Eastern.



An excellent turnout of almost 300 delegates and 30 exhibitors got involved from the outset, but the high numbers meant that not everyone was able to enjoy the buffet lunch before we launched into the Build Norfolk Construction Marketplace networking session in the afternoon.

The foyer area of the John Innes Centre was packed throughout as old relationships were renewed and new ones forged and over 160 follow-on meetings were arranged between local firms and network buyers!

The buoyant mood was reflected in the highly positive feedback at the end of the day which averaged an impressive 7 out of 8.

“This was a superb event and very professionally organised and managed. Good choice of chair and keynote too.” Kevin Scobell BRE

“Congratulations on a superb event and an excellent group of attendees” Chris Gaze BRE

“(The event) has already generated a lot of positive feedback” Chris Hill BDC




Build Your Future 2011

During a very busy day, over 700 students and parents attended the Build Norfolk - 'Build Your Future 2011' event at City College, Norwch.

The students were able to get 'hands-on' with many of the interactive displays featured at the event, including bricklaying, paving, carpentry/joinery, tiling, painting and decorating, thatching and others.


The 'mini-digger' golf ball challenge also proved very popular, with many of the students showing an aptitude and good 'hand-eye' coordination. It appears that the many hours spent playing on games consoles has a benefit after all !

The day was a great success for both bsl joinery solutions and bsl built solutions. The students enthusiastically engaged with our joinery and hard landscaping practical demonstrations and it was extremely inspiring to meet the next generation of built environment professionals. We look forward to taking part in more events of this nature in the future.

Natasha Harrison - The bsl group (uk)

We really enjoyed the event.

The venue worked really well for us.The students coming through were interested mainly in trades in Construction, where we were there to perhaps encourage them to think about other career opportunities within the Industry.
We were also able to point some Teachers and Tutors towards our website, which we hope will give them and students and their parents more of an insight into the Industry.

Paul Andrews - Wates Construction

While the current global economic conditions have reduced the amount of construction work being undertaken in the county at present, Norfolk is well placed to take advantage of the upturn when it occurs. Many of the young people attending the event were keen to secure work experience placements to help them better understand the workplace and the skills needed to develop their future and the Council is keen to encourage work placements.

Tim Edmunds - Norfolk County Council

The students were well behaved and polite on the day and a good majority were asking adequate questions in terms of the career they are thinking of pursuing.

We were able to offer them a brief insight into what we do in terms of supplying the construction industry with services and materials and this can only be a good thing because we are planting the Jewson seed early into their heads.

One student had the initiative to bring his CV to the event, if only 100 other students could have done the same...

Dale Gowing - Jewson

We had a really rewarding day at the Build Your Future 2011 event, talking to many bright young students who hopefully learned a little bit about what we do at Mott MacDonald.

James Witard - Mott MacDonald Ltd


Our thanks go to all the exhibitors, students and parents for making this a successful, interesting and informative event.

Our thanks also to City College Norwich for providing the venue for the event.



Keeping Norfolk Green

A very well received workshop aimed at helping business understand the huge potential to diversify into new green business markets and network with main contractors delivering construction projects in Norfolk and beyond

Guest speakers at the event were:

Christopher Gaze – Technical Director, Innovation and Productivity, BRE: The products, the technologies and the opportunity for businesses in commercial and housing projects.

David Henry – Senior Contracts Manager, Kier Eastern: What does our supply chain need to be able to deliver in terms of sustainability, efficiency, green and new technologies?

Paul Cockaday, Strategic Carbon Manager at NPS Group: Norfolk’s Green ambitions - The Norfolk market - Why is reduced carbon important?

Gary Howard – Partnerships Director, Norwich City College: What is available to help you diversify?

Terry Skee – Managing Director, Cleaner Air Products: Setting up and running a new technology business.

Our thanks to Britannia Safety & Training for providing the venue for the event.


Meet the Construction Buyer

150+ delegates attended this busy event at Great Yarmouth racecourse where they met with 22 exhibitors including some of Norfolk's larger main contractors and support organisations to:

• find out about current and future construction contract opportunities
• learn what they could do to increase their chances of being asked to quote
• make personal contact with the main contractors and decision makers
• find out about the business and training support available to help them win more work