What would be the advantage of considering taking time out to attend a trade show? First and foremost, it is a great way to network with other professionals in the tiling business and make new contacts.Trade shows are a fabulous way of finding out about new products on the market, attending product demonstrations and seminars, meeting the manufacturers of, for example, tiles, tooling and adhesives.To attend an event such as the The Tiling Show organised by the The Tile Association (TTA) taking place in March 2020 will definitely enhance your professional CV. This particular event also holds the TTA awards where there are 16 award categories for companies/ clients / individuals to nominate a person or project for an award including ‘individual wall and floor tile fixers’, ‘trainee tile fixer’, ‘ best (large) commercial project’, and ‘best domestic project’ amongst the 16 categories. What an accolade to be nominated for such an award! ‘Tilezine’ the online magazine of the Tile Association quotes ‘the cachet of a TTA award winner really can make a difference’.Not all trade shows will hold award events and attending professional tiling events will keep you up to date with new techniques and industry technologies and the latest trends and designs.So, take a look at the trade shows that you would be interested in attending by researching tiling trade literature and selecting a show that is going to be good for your business – whether that is a local or a national event. The great advantage of attending a tiling event is that you will meet other tiling professionals, meeting in person will often lead to recommending you/your business to others, so already you are in a great situation with free recommendations. By seeing all the products and demonstrations at a tiling trade show, you may find that they offer solutions you weren’t even aware that you were looking for 😊. And you will definitely be inspired when you see all the new products/new designs coming to the tile market and with everything all being in one place, it is a great opportunity to see what is new or increasing in popularity.There are national events such as the kbb event at the NEC Birmingham in early March 2020 and is the UK’s largest gathering of the worlds best kitchen, bedroom and bathroom brands showcasing the latest designs, solutions and products from top suppliers with delegates and exhibitors from the construction, home, tiles and ceramics world. Planning to attend an event such as this would benefit from you checking out the exhibitors and the exhibition plan beforehand so that you make the most of visiting those companies that will really enhance your tiling business.When deciding upon which tiling trade show you want to attend, it is worth taking into account where it is, when it is and what you are hoping to get out of it; but most of all – have fun!