A Different Feel to the Painting and Decorating Show
By Mike Cupit
I have attended every National Painting and Decorating Show in Coventry for the last 6 or 7 years. They missed 2020 because of the dreaded Covid (although they were still advertising it as being “Bigger and Better than ever” before they knew whether or not it could even go ahead).
This year’s Painting and Decorating Show had been affected by Covid too, although luckily it was still on. There are less stands, meaning they could spread them out a little bit to make more space for us to walk. No Festool, Valspar, Pioneer or Farrow and Ball stands this time around.
Painting and Decorating News put Covid restrictions in place for the show. Every attendee was asked to bring proof of vaccination, or a negative text. However, there were no checks from what I could see.
There were a lot less attendees at the show too!! It was very noticeable!! But for me, that was a good thing. It meant I could talk to someone from each stand without needing to que up for ages.
There were still loads of people flying around the Painting and Decorating Show who I knew, including some great friends. The social aspect of it is fantastic and it’s great to meet people from the Painter and Decorators Forum UK who I’ve been talking to online for years.
There was a different feel to the Painting and Decorating Show this time around, but I still enjoyed it. I have spoken to a lot of other decorators who said it wasn’t worth it, and it’s “gone crap” etc. It just depends on what you want from it I suppose. I spent the best part of two days there and didn’t have time to talk to someone on every stand, so you can’t say it’s too small. I know there isn’t much for sale at the show now-a-days and to be honest, there weren’t very many new products either.
I still think it’s well worth going. The painting and decorating industry isn’t very big, so the show is an opportunity for everyone to come together under one roof. If you didn’t this time around, get down to the next one.