The event also attracted supplier members' top brass. Managing directors, commercial directors, sales and marketing directors were all present.
Every year, NMBS and Builders' Merchants News join forces to present a 'best stand at the show' prize.
This year, the accolade went to Forest Garden, for its simple, sustainable message: wood is a good medium for building. A magnum of champagne and a certificate were presented to the team.
NMBS has not been immune to the recession. The Society reluctantly had to cut 25% of staff this year.