Creating partnerships

Posted on Sat 2nd Nov 2019 at 1:33pm

EN editor Saul Leese discusses the changing face of Showlite, and how creativity and partnerships, sets them apart from the competition

Showlite has been through a significant transformation over the past five years, going from an electrics business to a full-service contractor. The company now works closely with more than 50 organisers across the UKand more recently has launched Evolve (shortlisted for Innovation Award at the AEOs) which offers bespoke exhibition stands, high impact features and innovative stand packages. Showlite, whose clients include Nineteen Event Group, Fresh Group, William Reed, Mark Allen and UKI Media, are not afraid of a challenge.

They recently completed an unusual 158sqm stand for wholesaler Booker at Scothot 2019. Jo Mayer head of marketing explained: “From a design aspect, the irregular shape of the stand space was challenging at first until we located the booker presentation area in the top right corner and made it the focal point. Everything else flowed from there, including the two large Booker branded pillars that acted as signposts to the Booker experience.” The stand was a success, and Booker wrote a glowing testimonial, highlighting the company’s creativity and how easy it was to work with them from fruition to break-down.

Mayer adds: “We pride ourselves on personal relationships, our customer service is second to none and we get fantastic feedback year after year. We’re winning new business as well as cementing relationships and growing our body of work with existing clients. We pride ourselves on our strong people culture - we celebrate our team with a monthly #showlitehero as well as recognising people in the industry through our series of Spotlight interviews.”

Showlite has earned a solid reputation for being one of the most trustworthy and professional contractors in the industry. They manage events in every major venue across the UK, including ExCeL, Westfield, the NEC, Old Trafford, Olympia and Sandown Racecourse. They were the official contractors on Nineteen Events’ rapidly growing International Security Expo, working through the night due to a tight turnaround between events at the venue.

Peter Jones, CEO of Nineteen, said: “The show was an amazing success and a large part of that was down to the professionalism and dedication from the whole Showlite team. They are a true partner and have been by our side supporting us as the show has grown and developed. We really value the knowledge they bring in terms of their understanding of venues, floorplan design, account management and exhibitor customer service.”
Creating strong brand experiences and maximum ROI for their clients is not the only thing they are investing energy in. Sustainability is top of the agenda; exploring ways to save energy by investing in LED lighting technology, using 100% recyclable carpets, recycling or reusing shell schemes and sharing transport with contractors. They also work with local schools, providing offcuts for DT projects.

Partnership is at Showlite’s core. They work in every situation, delivering a full-service build overnight, working with high end designers to create stand out features and developing a strong brand identity for a well-established brand. Showlite relish a challenge and pride themselves on understanding their clients’ businesses, demonstrating creative solutions, delivering professional results and striving to grow any business they work for.


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“The onsite team is always happy to co-operate with the inevitable last minute changes.”
Natasha Messer, Events Operations Manager, Prospects Events
“Showlite deliver exceptionally high levels of personal service. I know that I can rely on them to deliver throughout all aspects of the pre-planning, build and onsite work”
Mark Mayo, Director, Motorcycle Expo
“I have no hesitation in recommending Showlite as a professional and reliable supplier of contractor services. They are totally trustworthy and in touch with the latest regulations and requirements”
Mirabelle Chatterjee, Head of Operations, Nineteen Events
“We had the pleasure of having Showlite as part of our event team. The staff took the time, care and attention required to make sure that our exhibitors and us as organisers felt valued and looked after”
Diane Sheppard, Event Operations Manager, Quartz Business Media
“Over 1,200 exhibitors, almost 4 miles of aisle carpet plus enough shell scheme to cover two football pitches and it was the easiest get in we have ever had. Quite exceptional”
Andrew Reed, Managing Director, William Reed Business Media
“Showlite worked diligently with great speed to complete the build in the allocated time. We look forward to working with them at our next show”
Karen Harris, Operations Manager, Idex Media
“Showlite have worked hand in hand with us, investing in design, stock and materials developing an innovative product for our customers”
Bill Hammond, Managing Director, 3rd Street Group
“It has been a pleasure to work with Showlite who provided a seamless delivery both presite and onsite.”
Paul Clarke, Organiser, Installer Live
“My sincerest thanks go out to all Showlite staff who played an invaluable part in what seemed the impossible task. It goes without saying that I would not hesitate in recommending their services to others.”
Phil Valentine, Managing Director, ETES, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics
“I can honestly say one of the smoothest builds I have ever experienced on an event in over 17 years”
Nicola Greenaway, Managing Director, Nineteen Events
“We have a longstanding relationship with Showlite. They demonstrate a real professionalism and dedication and I look forward to working with the team again!”
Hannah Webb, Head of Operations, Hemming Group
“A massive thank you for helping us make this year’s Hearth & Home Exhibition a success. ”
Claire Cox, Hearth & Home, Fireplace Marketing Company
“Thanks to everyone at Showlite for a job very well done at The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair! The event went beyond expectation and there were hardly any glitches at all.”
Ingrid Nilson, Director, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited
“I really appreciated the positive attitude of your team and the willingness to support unexpected problem situations onsite. It has been a great pleasure working with you both!”
Joy-Fleur Brettschneider, Marketing & Operations Director, Solar Media Limited
“Thank you so much for all your support on PATS this year. Showlite were absolutely brilliant. ”
Jo Scotting, Head of Operations, Impact Exhibitions
“We always know we’re in a safe pair of hands with Showlite. They deliver professional results with attention to detail and focus on service.”
Jo Foreman, Operations Manager, Brintex
“I would recommend Showlite completely from the level of personal service, quality of work and positive work attitude to keep on going until the job is done.”
Emma Barratt, Managing Director, Broadway Events
“Thank you for all your help and support for the NFE show. We had a lot of last minute changes, and Showlite were very accommodating and professional.”
Angela Long, Sales and Marketing Executive, Wesley Media
“Many thanks to Showlite. Everything went really smoothly and the show looked absolutely fantastic.”
Mandie Lavin, CEO, NAFD
“Phex has never looked as good and the build-up and breakdown went really smoothly. Thanks to everyone. I look forward to be working with you again in the future.”
Julie Pollet, Operations Manager, Brintex
“Showlite are the ultimate in prior planning and preparation. We never have any problem and if we do have an issue we resolve it there and then. We love working with Showlite.”
Andrew Reed, MD, William Reed Events & Exhibitions
“Big thank you to Showlite … once again it was a pleasure working with you all again and look forward to 2018!”
Sam Hunt, NMBS Events Manager
“Many thanks for the brilliant job you did on this year’s UKIVA which was a great success. The team pulled out all the stops to make sure everything was ready in time and ran smoothly throughout the day.”
Christine Valdes, Event Organiser, UKIVA, PPMA Group
“We would like to thank you and the team for an excellent build and all your help in the move to Mall Galleries after 25 years. ”
Gay Hutson, Founder and organiser, 20/21 British Art Fair
“The event looked great and the help and advice from Showlite throughout was invaluable. ”
Toby Merigan, Founder, European Sport Fishing Show
“Thank you for being a magnificent partner to Highways UK. Love the Showlite can do attitude and the smiles and personality that come with it.”
Andrew Dowding, Managing Director, Essential Infrastructure Events
“We have had excellent feedback from exhibitors and visitors and this is testament to the excellent partnership we have with Showlite.”
Justine Devereux, Operations & Project Manager, Xmark Media Ltd
“It was great to have Jenni onsite as it really makes a difference having her help to co-ordinate all aspects of the project.”
Joel Swarc, Associate Director, Promotor Events Ltd
“I would like to highlight the outstanding performance of Ross Isolda during the build up of the recent Foodex show at the NEC. I would like to thank him - and the boys on the tools also, for making the whole process as smooth as it was considering the challenge. ”
Phil Birch, Team leader, NEC mains services, NEC

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