Record-Breaking Attendance at Trade Decorator LIVE Show 2024 at Bolton Wanderers Football Club

Trade Decorator LIVE 2024

Bolton, UK — The Trade Decorator LIVE show, held on June 19th and 20th at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, celebrated its most successful event to date, drawing record numbers of painters and decorators. This annual event continues to expand, showcasing a remarkable 40% increase in exhibitors compared to the 2023 trade show and receiving high praise for the quality of its visitors.
Cait Whitson of Whitson’s expressed her excitement: “We’ve never enjoyed doing a show as much as this one. Coming from north of the border, to have it closer to home makes a huge difference. We love that you are supporting the North. But over and above that, what an audience you attract. We met great people and had time to chat. Great food – free lunch, what a bonus. Well organised and a good venue. We can’t thank those that visited us and attended the class and demo enough. Loved meeting you all and having the opportunity to get you involved. We will be back!!!”
Focusing on connecting professionals and celebrating their skills, the exhibition brought Trade Decorator’s digital success into a vibrant live environment. Interactivity was key, with exhibitors showcasing products and services through engaging live demonstrations. Attendees participated in interactive training sessions, seminars, and workshops, acquiring new skills and insights.
Highlight sessions included two-hour live training led by the event’s Headline Sponsor, Repair Care, demonstrating their 7-step process for timber resin repairs and Whitson’s hosted a creative masterclass on Stucco Italiano, Italian Paint finishes.
Attendees were thrilled with the incredible goodie bags sponsored by Sia Abrasives, filled to bursting with contributions from exhibitors. The event also featured exciting prize opportunities, including a MIRKA & GRACO COMBO PACK worth over £1800 from Paintwell, Indaso Pro XS dustless sanders from Indasa Abrasives, and a Bosche long reach sander from Sia Abrasives.
The LIVE Spray Zone, sponsored by Abode Academy, was a massive hit, offering visitors tips and advice to achieve the best spraying results and the chance to try out the latest spray machines from Graco.
Visitor feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Jackie Black of JB Decor described the show as “Excellent. Everyone on the stalls was helpful and there were things that have not come out on the market yet.”
Lee West of LW Home Improvements commented, “Brilliant, got more from this show than the builders show a couple of weeks ago.” Nicola Preston of DB Decorating Services appreciated the mix of trade deals and practical advice, stating, “I like that there are trade deals but also that not all stalls are selling; they are giving tips and advice.” Jonathan Birnie of Jonny Red Shoes, who flew over from Northern Ireland, remarked, “It was really worth attending, and I’ll be back next year.”
The success of this year’s show has led to a record number of exhibitors already confirming their participation and in increasing the size of their stands for the 2025. Additionally, new exhibitors have already expressed interest in joining the next event.
The message behind Trade Decorator LIVE 2024 was “learn, grow, and connect,” an ethos evident in every aspect of the show. Looking ahead to next year, we have many new ideas and eagerly anticipate welcoming attendees back in 2025.

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