Cold Comfort 2018

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We would like to thank all our sponsors, partners and participating delegates for making Cold Comfort 2018 such a great success. Click here to review the 2018 photo gallery.

Take a look at the Cold Comfort 2018 show review and roundtable debate published in Highways magazine.


Download the Cold Comfort 2019 floorplan

Over 350 winter maintenance specialists attended Cold Comfort 2018.  Boasting a sold out exhibition floor Cold Comfort 2018 provided delegates with ample opportunity to share best practice and hear about the latest winter maintenance technologies.

Cold Comfort delivers the very best case studies, technical session and discussion and debate with the aim of empowering local authorities and their private sector partners with the latest understanding and knowledge of all the latest issues affecting the winter service sector in the UK.

The 2018 conference programme reflected the demand for a greater understanding of how to manage extreme weather events, including unique insights into the strategic planning, implementation and delivery of projects that have taken place in the UK, delivered by those with first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities they bring.  See who attended Cold Comfort 2018.

View the finalised 2018 programme and speaker line-up 

Key topics for 2018 included:     

• An update on the new winter service guidance and some of the key areas of change

• Methods for evaluating winter service delivery and maintenance of cycle paths

• Managing winter strategies on the rail network

• Supply and demand: the story behind the production and movement of salt around the UK

• Working with local authorities to develop more sustainable flood strategies

• A risk based approach to winter: a sector update

• A new direction: Implementing changes and new strategies following the introduction of the 'Well-managed Highway Infrastructure' Code of Practice

Participating speaker organisations included NWSRG, Somerset County Council, Suffolk Highways, Svevia, Surrey Highways, Hertfordshire County Council, Met Office, Network Rail, The Salt Association, The Ricoh Arena, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute and more.

2019 Speakers Include

2019 Exhibitors Include


To download a copy of the Cold Comfort 2018 event guide containing the finalised programme, speaker listings and exhibition floorplan click here.

“From our perspective on the Western stand, we were mindful of this being our 6th exhibition at Cold Comfort, However, yet again, you managed to attract not only a large number of delegates, but also key (purchasing) decision makers, providing us with fantastic brand promotion and selling opportunities within the Winter Service Sector. This is even more impressive given the lack of decent snow in recent years! Thanks for all your efforts, and for providing a great exhibition."
Managing Director, Integrity Enterprises Ltd

“It was a fantastic conference from my perspective. I really enjoyed the roundtable discussion, and found it extremely interesting. I can't even count how many excellent conversations I had following my presentation!”
Maintenance Superintendant, Village of Buffalo Grove, Ilinois

“I really enjoyed attending Cold Comfort 2017, I have not been to Cold Comfort for a few years and found it to be one of the best I’ve attended. There were some very interesting and informative speakers which invoked good discussions and provided lots of useful information. The conference provided an excellent opportunity to find out about what others are doing, what innovations are out there as well as an opportunity to network with other local authorities and meet contractors.”
Assistant Network Manager, Hertfordshire County Council