As a company that champions sustainability and strives to create a more environmentally conscious and sustainable construction industry, Re-flow was delighted to attend this year's Futurebuild event at the ExCel London.
Our contingent consisted of Managing Director, Mike Saunders, along with Adam Kyffin, Daniel Moyse and Graham Pardoe from our sales team. It was great to find ourselves among numerous innovators within the construction industry who never fail to surprise us with their fresh and exciting offerings. As Futurebuild's values closely align with our own, we have been attending this event for several years now. At Re-flow, we put tremendous value on sustainability, both in the environmental sense, as well as in terms of business practices and growth.
I had the opportunity to interview with the FutureBuild organisers as we were within the first thirty businesses to rebook for next year’s event. For them, it’s all about delivering net zero and sustainability with the construction trade, so it was a great chance to discuss how Re-flow’s capabilities can fit into achieving those goals.
The organisers' commitment to sustainability was evident from the outset. Attendees, ourselves included, were quick to notice the complete lack of aisle carpeting at the venue. As it turns out, the event had opted for Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified event carpet instead of the traditional aisle carpet they had used in the past, eliminating 27,707kg of carbon emissions and the mountains of waste carpet that would be left over after previous events – their single biggest waste stream.
Additional considerations were also made, opting for ethically sourced catering, as well as recyclable wall graphics, hanging banners, and fully reusable stand systems. Attendees were also encouraged to travel to the event by public transport, such as the recently opened Elizabeth Line, or cycling to further reduce the carbon footprint surrounding the event.
As well as seeing the latest in construction innovation and making new industry contacts, we were fortunate enough to run into some of our existing clients, including Ian Nichols, ECO Manager at Wall-Lag, who kindly shared his thoughts after having fully adopted our field management software as part of his business’s working processes.
It has taken us away from being a largely paper-based business. With us operating in the renewables arena, moving away from a paper-based office to using Re-flow has really sped us up and made us a lot more environmentally sustainable. It has helped us, and it is helping the environment as well.
Our usual stand offering was also present in full force, with our software specialists giving live demonstrations of our award-winning field management software to crowds of curious attendees. Those who stopped by were also sure to notice our new and improved Re-flow branded LEGO figures, part of our new #reflowontheroad campaign, which encourages attendees to customise their own figures and share pictures of them in fun and exciting locations. If you follow our social channels, you may have already spotted several of these little characters in some rather unusual places.
While we have already committed to supporting the event and its hugely important causes next year, we still have a packed roadmap ahead of us. We encourage anyone interested in seeing why Re-flow has been adopted by hundreds of businesses nationwide, including heavyweights such as WJ, M.V. Kelly, Colas, and FM Conway, to stop by our stand for a live demonstration of our award-winning field management software at any of our future events.