Grand Designs Live 2009 attendance defies recession

In addition record numbers of exhibitors have confirmed that due to high quality of visitors that attended the show, they would be back for next year’s event. According to event organisers Media 10’s Managing Director, Lee Newton, this year’s 10 day event had over 105,000 visitors, an increase in footfall of 5% on 2008. This increase is something organizers attribute to an event which is evidently bucking the trend of other exhibitions, by maintaining a high quality, focused show that is growing with innovative companies, and assisting consumers by offering ways to improve their homes and add value to their properties to battle the current property slump. 

Media 10 Managing Director Lee Newton commented: “With exhibitors posting record sales, and with footfall increasing 5% on last year, our strategy to help homeowners improve their homes rather than move was evidently a resounding success. With more consumers than ever before demonstrating that consumers are hungrier than ever for clever building solutions, design excellence and innovation, proving that consumers do in fact have money to spend.” 

Kevin McCloud agreed, commenting: “We’ve had an overwhelming response to this year’s show. It’s gratifying to know that in the current economic climate, people are recognising the value of improving their homes and using Grand Designs Live as the resource for doing that.”

In addition, exhibitors at this year’s show have said that they were extremely impressed with the level of exhibitors and the quality of visitors to the show.  

Media 10 Sales Director Mike Dynan reported a record number of re bookings for next year’s show and the upcoming Birmingham exhibition later this year in October. “We’ve experienced some of the most positive feedback we have ever had from our existing exhibitors with many experiencing record sales leads, and more at show purchases than ever before proving that our consumers do in fact have money to spend.

“We have been so impressed with the level of response and the take up for Birmingham and next year’s London show which is fantastic for any consumer exhibition in the current climate”. 

The 5th annual Grand Designs Live, London exhibition ran from Saturday 25th April to Monday 4th May 2009 in the North Hall at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands. This year’s exhibition covered 32, 000 square metres of exhibition space, showcasing more than 550 companies, representing major manufactures from Miele, Samsung, first direct, VELUX , international designer brands including Vitra, Poggenpohl and Calagaris, to  the smaller local businesses and independent designers and manufacturers across six different key sectors  including; Interiors, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Gardens, Build, Technology, and Food. 

Hundreds of visitors queued each morning to see celebrity experts including presenter Kevin McCloud and over 550 exhibitors. Consumers were not only attracted by the stellar line up of exhibitors but also the many new concepts in greening your home as well as a range of specific features from every aspect concerning the home.  

This year’s event highlights included; Samsung’s House of the Future, the Future Build Theatre with Eco2House, Grand Gardens and Diramuid Gavin’s Garden design studio, and the Grand Village with its live eco dwellings which moved indoors for 2009, creating a more integrated visitor experience, and enhancing the feeling of complete home zones. In addition this year’s show saw a packed seminar program filled with free advice from our expert speakers, from Kevin McCloud, George Clarke, Oliver Heath, Stirling Moss, Naomi Cleaver and many more,  in the seminar theatre and the How to Theatre.

Sponsors and exhibitors alike expressed delight with the outcome of the show with all reporting brisk sales activity and quality customers.

Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2009 will take place at the Birmingham NEC from October 9th – 11th 2009. Grand Designs Live, London will run in May – 2010. For more information visit

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