Hard Surfaces 2023

CPD Programme

Visitors to Hard Surfaces can enjoy three days of seminars. Expert guidance will be provided by top industry bodies and design professionals delivering over 25 CPD accredited presentations.  

  • Find out about hard surface selection, sourcing, detailing and maintenance
  • Discover the latest technology shaping product design 
  • Get ahead of the competition by understanding future surface trends

Free-to-attend, the seminars will take place in the South Gallery rooms above the Hard Surfaces exhibition and present an excellent networking opportunity for delegates. 

The 2023 programme will be released in the months prior to the show however you can review the previous show programme using the links below.

Architects' & Designers' Day

Tuesday 18 April

Stone, Water & Light – Exploring the conceptual advantages of stone design

Previous seminar highlights include:

  • Stone’s natural adaptability 
  • The versatility of stone with its choice of finishes
  • Preserving historical context whilst creating modern solutions

Marrying Tradition to Technology

Wednesday 19 April

Trends in Hard Surface design

At the last show, Joe Simpson, Editor of  Tile & Stone Journal and  Diary of a Tile Addict blogger chaired a series of talks on the most-advanced manufacturing technologies and the design trends they facilitate, seminars were presented by leading exponents in their specific areas of the market – Neolith, Domus, Rocersa, Vives and Grespania.  

Innovation Meets Design

Thursday 20 April


At the last show, the Thursday keynote was Els Zijlstra, founder and creative director of MaterialDistrict, who delivered a session that explores the latest innovations in Hard Surface design. Els studied architecture at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where she has also been a guest professor.  Sought after for her expertise in pioneering materials Els has presented at universities across the world including Toronto, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Seoul, Madrid and Rome.


Hard Surfaces will be complemented by the market leading Natural Stone Show, which offers an extraordinarily varied palette of stone surfaces from around the world, together with the latest ‘Fix, Seal & Maintenance’ solutions for the hard surfaces industry. 

A packed education programme will also take place over the 3 days with 30 CPD-accredited seminars attracting over 5,000 building professionals. All visitors to Hard Surfaces will be able to cross over into the Natural Stone Show free of charge.