Research is key if you’re a company looking to exhibit for the first time, or one that is struggling to find that venue that really excites you. This blog post tries to eliminate the lengthy trawling for information about the different venues and gives you some vital tips that may just relate directly to the struggles you may be having!
1) The NEC, Birmingham: The NEC is one of the biggest venues in the UK and probably the one the most popular. It has 6 halls and therefore gives ample opportunity for large or small exhibition stand areas. Everything from Crufts to Gaming events have been held here so no need to worry about if your company will be accepted or not. The NEC is also the most well known which means exhibiting here comes with more prestige.
2) Olympia, London: Olympia is one of the UK’s oldest venues, opening in 1886 it has hosted some of a wide variety of shows including the one and only Jimi Hendrix so don’t worry if you have an ‘out there’ offering. In 2013 it went under a £30 million redevelopment so it’s heritage has been brought forward into the 21 century. Olympia is a smaller venue compared to The NEC so if you’re looking for 6m high exhibition stands, you may struggle at this venue.
3) ExCel, London: ExCel is a newer venue somewhat compared to the rest opening in 2000. However, even though it is a newer venue, in 2014 it welcomed it’s 20 millionth visitor so there is definitely no shortage of people coming here. One huge benefit of ExCel is that it actually has a cable car linked to the O2 so you can not only get to it by train but also via the O2. This is quite a large venue in which to exhibit and it actually hosts the largest medical association meeting for the European Society of Cardiology.
4) Manchester Central, Manchester: Seeing as though most of the desired exhibition venues are in London, I thought throwing this one in to represent our Northern roots. Manchester Central boasts 130 years of experience, providing corporate functions, large scale events and exhibitions. The flexibility of this venue makes it very appealing as it can be an auditorium, exhibition hall, conference hall or even a dining space so no matter what your offering, it’ll work.
Overall, these 4 venues offer some great positives with limited negatives. But in our opinion with over 16 years experience in the exhibition industry, The NEC has to be the place to exhibit. It has so much space, you can even have small scale exhibitions in 1 hall so it doesn’t matter if you’re a small or large company with a big or small budget, there’ll be a show you can attend.
We hope that this gave you some insight into a few different venues and maybe some help in deciding which one to exhibit in! If you need excellent exhibition stand designers for one of these events, don’t hesitate to get in touch!