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Highlights of this year’s London Build Expo

Hosted at Olympia Exhibition Centre, the event brought together some of the best and biggest in the business.

A huge thank you to everyone who shared their products and knowledge with Tradesman Saver, at this year’s London Build. The event was buzzing with industry leaders, events, and innovative ideas to move the construction sector forward.

To show our appreciation, here is a rundown of the companies who left a lasting impression.


Tool giants Hilti have been in business since 1941. They understand the dangers on site, and develop products with safety and efficiency in mind. Tool tracking, modular support systems and exoskeleton technology are fairly new concepts, but Hilti has positioned itself ahead of the game and are leading innovation across a number of sectors. On display at the event were Hilti’s new Nuron powered performance tools, which promises improved features and portability.

They also push for equality, sustainability, and social change through the Hilti Foundation, which includes affordable housing projects and developing key skills with the power of music. For new products and updates keep an eye on the Hilti website.

Build a Career

Build a Career aim to bridge the skills gap by giving the disadvantaged a helping hand into the construction industry. They work with businesses across the UK and encourage them to hire individuals from varied backgrounds. Through their social responsibility policy they support ex-offenders, veterans, domestic violence survivors, and migrants into the work force.

Build a Career’s research has revealed that only a quarter of ex-offenders enter employment when they’re released. And 80% of migrants, who enter the UK due to displacement, are qualified at degree level.

The construction industry is desperate for talent to fill the labour shortage gap. Build a Career are responding to this shortage by offering opportunities to people who would typically fall under the radar.


The British-owned company has 40 years experience in the construction materials industry. Their products range from waterproofing, dry lining and sound insulation, which can be applied to floors, wet rooms, and bath panels.

Marmox sell directly to the trades through stockists around the UK and all their products are HBCD free. There is more information, plus product installation guides, on the Marmox website.


Heat loss from buildings is a huge issue in the UK, and with energy prices going through the roof; serious cash is being thrown away. This heat escapes in key areas after the construction process, and to date the issue has not been considered as seriously as it should be. Changes to EPC ratings and efficiency regulations have led to innovative ways to save the planet. But the concept is not new.

For over ten years, Armatherm has been using infrared imaging technology to target a building’s heat loss, and installing their thermal bridging products solves the issue. If you’re looking to reduce energy loss in walls, column bases, and masonry shelves, Armatherm are the people to speak to.


Portable wifi box

Simpliwifi’s portable wifi box offers a range of solutions, including taking payments at events and sending feedback to overseas investors on commercial building sites.

The device can be used anywhere in the world and works by pulling in bandwidth from multiple SIM cards. With Simpliwifi you’re always connected and data costs are kept low.

One advantage lets surveyors on construction sites live stream his or her inspection through ‘smart glasses’. This means investors anywhere in the world will be able to follow checks on site through the surveyor’s point of view.

Head over the Simpliwifi’s website for more details on the Wifi box and other products.


75 million people walk through Victoria Station each year, which inspired CEO Laurence Kimball-Cook to explore the idea of power generating floor tiles. Since then, Pavegen have developed tiles with the aim to capture people-power and turn it into off-grid energy.

The potential here is huge and the tiles can be applied to any number of surfaces. Concepts include pavements in smart cities, interactive experiences, and power generating routes in marathons.

Natural Cement

If something is being built, cement is likely to be part of the construction process. However, cement produces 4-8% of the world’s global CO2 emissions, which is a major problem.

That’s where Natural Cement comes in. Their environmentally friendly binder has been around for 200 years, and offers a low carbon, chemically resistant, and waterproof alternative. Applications include construction, rail, sea defence, and civil engineering, and the cement has no shelf life.


Finally, a special mention to Micim for sponsoring the Women in Construction event. Micim are committed to positive change in the industry and hire twice as many women than the industry standard. This is a fantastic step towards creating a safe and equal environment in a sector where women need more representation.

Micim offer project management and construction services as well as operational intelligence that can be used to streamline construction processes.

Tradesman Talk

Did you attend this year’s London Build event, and what was your main takeaway?

Do you think there needs to be more opportunities for small businesses, or sole traders to network and demonstrate their skills?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and click the social links to share this article.

Until next time, make sure it’s Tradesman Saver.

Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson has an MA in Creative Writing and has been crafting content for over a decade. He writes for a range of niches, including the construction industry and insurance sector. Mark has worked internationally as a content writer and teacher.

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