Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive of The Painting and Decorating Association reflects on The Online P&D Show 2020.
“The P&D Show is a highlight of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) calendar every year, with our AGM usually taking place at the event.
This year, as the industry – and the nation – attempts to deal with the challenges of Covid-19, it has been a pleasure to once more be involved with the show, albeit virtually!
While we have missed the opportunity to chat with visitors face-to-face, we have seen how the digital world and social media allow us to connect in new ways.
The show has been a unique opportunity to reach out to members, partners and the wider industry across the UK, while showcasing the many benefits of PDA membership and celebrating the key relationships we value so much.
As part of that, the generosity of our Associate Partners has allowed us to run several competitions over the last few weeks.
All of us at the PDA would like to thank the teams at Mirka, Brewers Decorator Centres, Purdy and Axus Decor for providing prizes for competitions open to all visitors to the Online P&D Show 2020.
We’d also like to thank the team at Graco for offering a TurboForce II as a prize in our members-only competition, which ran alongside our own competitions with prizes which included a Samsung Galaxy tablet and six-months free membership.
It has been an entirely new experience and while we look forward with hope to a return to the traditional trade show next year, I’d like to congratulate the team at the Online P&D Show 2020 for pulling together this fantastic virtual event and thank them for all their hard work in creating something that has still allowed us, as a trade, to come together.”