About DCE


DCE, Direct Contact Exhibitions, has a MISSION to spread technical knowledge and information to as many of the UK’s construction professionals as possible.

The business is the brainchild of Steve Hilton who had worked on a number of national shows at the big exhibition centres. Steve felt that those events were quite demanding for visitors with many needing to travel considerable distances, so the DCE format was quite simple, “We will take the events to the audiences and DCE launched a series of different themed events which travelled the country”

Initially, these were lunchtime PRODUCT SHOWS featuring 25/30 display stands and excellent hospitality which included FREE drinks for all visitors as we tried to make the events as busy and well attended as possible!

We staged some events with 100+ display stands and, because we were based in Stoke, used to have Sir Stanley Matthews come along and officially open the events.

However, high volume did not necessarily mean good quality attendees so the introduction of CPD in 1993 became an excellent addition to help target more and better qualified professionals as delegates.

In the early days of Continuing Professional Development there were not many companies who could deliver a ‘generic and non- commercial’ technical talk that educated and informed. Most companies had a ‘sales pitch’!

So, gradually, we trained some of these companies to drop the ‘hard sell’ and present their knowledge and experience so that delegates could understand better why and how certain products should be used to conform to or out perform Building Regulations and Standards.

Over a very short period of time the events evolved from exhibitions with seminars to seminar events with display stands only for those companies giving presentations.

Our typical format now is to offer 6 hours of CPD at most venues with PROBLEM SOLVING presentations from 6 different companies.

We are still adventurous and believe in trying to reach as many new and different construction professionals around the country as possible.

**Obviously, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to stage the Meet the EXPERTS CPD Events. We just don’t know when we will be allowed back into ‘live’ events.

However, in the meantime, we are now hosting ONLINE CPD events which are completely FREE to attend.

Please click the ‘CPD EVENTS’ tab above to view the different event themes, dates and the seminar topics available.


“Excellent, varied, informative, engaging – a very well spent day of CPD”
Edward Ireland,
Building Surveyor
“Great event – really informative”
Gary Eastwood,
Architectural Technologist
“Very informative and opened my eyes to different areas of the construction industry and problems we are currently experiencing”
Hardeep Kooner,
Quantity Surveyor
“Good venue, well managed and very useful event with information to use in the future”
Andrew Rowson,
Chartered Building Surevyor
“Good to see you back in the North Lincs area – we always gain something from your exhibitions”
Trevor Steans,
Senior Building Surveyor
“Very professional organisation and presentations. An annual event that I always look forward to attending”
Trevor Steans,
Senior Building Surveyor
“Please thank Steve for a great set of seminars, all very useful, can’t wait until the next set”
Franklyn Nevard Associates
“It is very much appreciated, your response and development of the online CPD presentations this last year. Not only have they helped to achieve the required CPD training, but have also provided a choice of interesting topics/industry developments to choose from. Looking forward to this year, Stay Safe”
Rodney Sturdivant,
Sturdivant Design Consultants Ltd