FPS 2011 Showcase

On 7 April 2011, FPS held its biggest ever trade show at the Birmingham NEC. It proved to be a resounding success…

FPS’s biggest-ever trade show, the FPS 2011 Showcase, took place in the impressive surroundings of Birmingham’s NEC on 7 April. More than 450 customers from across the UK attended the event, where over 70 industry-leading suppliers and industry bodies exhibited their products and services. A range of exclusive offers were available for attendees to take advantage of and encourage trading on the day. One of the stand-out offers came from OE manufacturer Gates, who were offering FREE technical training worth (over) £600. With 10 FPS customers taking up this offer, that’s over £6,000 worth of training given away by Gates. The event offered those in attendance a variety of ways in which to get closer to supplier representatives and products, and a Technical Arena gave key suppliers the opportunity to present their latest innovations and concepts in live forum sessions throughout the day. The FPS management, sales and eBusiness teams were represented at a state-of-the-art interactive area which not only offered visitors demonstrations of the latest system developments, but also meeting areas where they could discuss the ways in which FPS can help customers develop and drive their business. With so much to see and do, many of those attending the Showcase spent hours networking, learning and talking business – and were sustained by breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day, courtesy of the hosts. Once the curtain came down, FPS Managing Director Neil Davis reflected positively on an extremely successful event… “I spent the day at the Showcase. I spoke to a number of customers, who were particularly impressed with the number of suppliers present, and the ability to meet with so many current or potential suppliers in a single visit. They also commented on the usefulness of the Tech Arena presentations in keeping them up to date with market developments and new sales opportunities. The suppliers I spoke to seemed extremely pleased with the number of customers that attended and the business development opportunities that arose as a result. Without doubt, these comments justify the amount of effort that was made in putting on a very high quality show”.


FPS is one of the UK’s leading providers of service-led supply chain solutions. Founded in 1934, and employing over 1,200 people, it operates from 23 sites in the UK. Acting as a distribution partner for a number of major brands, its core business is providing automotive parts, car accessories and consumables to the reseller network. Through recent expansion FPS now successfully provides wholesale distribution services in the Maintenance & Accessories sector, serving a number of blue-chip companies. Dedicated to service excellence and innovation, the company offers a wide range of services meeting the varying needs of manufacturers, suppliers, resellers and business consumers across the supply chain. For further details go to http://www.fpsdistribution.com/pr-corner/ or contact comms@fpsdistribution.co.uk