Home expo organizer sees sector ‘optimism’
Guardian Business Editor
Published: Oct 25, 2013
Organizers of the 13th annual Bahamas Home and Builders Trade Show and Energy Expo said 2,500 to 3,000 visitors are anticipated to pass through this year’s event, where they will benefit from a 50 percent rise in companies participating.
Organizer Cyprian Gibson said he believes the increase in companies involved in the show this year indicates an increased sense of “optimism” on behalf of those in the sector that a turnaround may be on the way.
Gibson, a professional engineer, noted that as many as 100 companies participated in the expo at the peak of the economic boom, but this fell to 40 last year. This year, 60 companies will be in attendance.
“So we’re seeing companies becoming more aggressive, and I believe it’s a sign people are looking more to the future. The important thing is to catch the consumer in the early stages.”
“If you are looking to build, buy or renovate, then the show is a must. Or if you are looking for the latest innovations in the building sector and you want to get it all done under one roof and at one occasion, where else can you do that? It’s the single biggest sector event in The Bahamas, and it’s been going for 13 consecutive years, which we believe shows the value in it; everyone owns or lives in a home,” Gibson said yesterday.
This year’s event has a special focus on energy, and will include companies offering renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.
Gibson said that while such energy-related offerings have been available in previous years, this year’s focus on energy is expanded.
“We’ve had the energy element for the last four years, but it’s now becoming more prominent. It takes time for technology to infuse, and I think now with what’s happening with BEC there’s more attention being paid to it, and it has more zing and bite. We think this is the right time and the perfect time to start talking more about it,” said Gibson.
The event features new innovations in the construction sector, as well as “do it yourself” workshops to teach attendees about handy skills ranging from electrical installation, to carpentry, dealing with insurance and energy audits.
Among those companies participating in the expo are CBS Bahamas, Bahamas Foam Installation, RBC FINCO, PC Engineers, Arawak Homes, Carpet World, Builders Mall and Solar Energy Solutions.
The entrance fee is $2; children 12 and under can enter free of charge. Entertainment will be provided for children, and sweepstakes and prizes will be on offer throughout the day.
The Bahamas Home and Builders Trade Show and Energy Expo will take place at the Wyndham Nassau Resort on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.