The NEC - the UK's No. 1 Venue
The NEC - where brands are born, products are launched, networks are made - and a great day out is had!
Since we opened our doors in 1976, the NEC has become firmly established as one of Europe’s most prestigious venues for exhibitions and events – the UK’s No. 1 choice for organisers, exhibitors and visitors alike.
Each year, we host over 500 events (in our 20 interconnecting halls and 34 conference suites), including flagship shows like Spring Fair International, which has been with us since we opened, as well as new launches, live events and relocations – along with smaller specialist events. We have 34 specialist suites attracting meetings and conferences of all styles and sizes. We’re not just about exhibitions and big shows, we are here for everyone.
Our fantastic, flexible spaces are ideal for all sorts of events. Organisers can choose from ready-made layouts, pillar free spaces or complete blank canvasses where they can express their creativity. Whatever organisers want to achieve, our support and service will help them bring their vision to brilliant, vibrant life.
Whatever you have in mind, come and talk to the NEC. You may be surprised at all the things we can offer! From a meeting for 20 to a show for 100,000 or many more, there is no limit to the possibilities. The NEC can make it happen for you.
What makes us the nation’s No. 1?
One of Europe’s leading exhibition and event centres, the NEC offers flexible space for any of your events, including ready-made layouts and blank canvases which spark innovation and creativity.
Indoors - over 182,000 square metres of indoor space, 20 interconnecting halls, 34 specialist conference and meetings suites and the 15,643 capacity LG Arena on site.
Outdoors - over 392 acres of hard-standing and 75 acres of woodland to take the shows and the action into the open air too!
The NEC is the biggest and best exhibition and events venue in the UK. And we keep on getting better and better – that’s why we’re No. 1! Anything and everything is possible at the NEC!
We’re the nation’s most connected and convenient venue
By road - The NEC is at the heart of the national motorway network with 75% of the UK population within a 3 hour drive time. We have the capacity to park up to 16,500 vehicles at any one time, with a shuttle bus service straight to the halls.
By rail and air - Birmingham International railway station is just a 5 minute covered walk away and Birmingham Airport is connected by a 90-second monorail, running every 2 minutes - so you don’t even need to step outside.
Future developments - The HS2 Birmingham Interchange will bring high speed railway to our doorstep.
The NEC is easy to get to from anywhere in the UK, Europe and beyond. And you can stay in style, with over 1,750 hotel rooms on site.
Free WiFi is available for visitors across the venue too.
Our services are award-winning
Whatever you come to the NEC to do or to visit, you’ll enjoy a higher standard of service and support from our AEO Venue Team of the Year 2012 and fabulous food and drink from Amadeus, our award-winning in house catering partner.
Our sustainability solutions are AEO award-winners too, including zero waste to landfill – an industry first.
In 2015, we received our first National Award, picking up the BIFM Impact on Sustainability Award. The venue was praised as a “compelling example of best practise in waste management” and beat major brands including Marks and Spencer and RBS to take the award.
We’re a 24/7 destination too
The fantastic Resorts World Leisure Complex is now open on site – with a boutique hotel and spa, a cinema, casino, outlet shopping and an exciting mix of restaurants and cafes making the NEC a 24/7 destination for visitors from all around the world.
The NEC - where people come for a great experience
In the last 40 years, we have welcomed more people than the entire population of the UK through our doors. Over 60 million visitors have attended events ranging from exhibitions attracting 100,000 to meetings for just 10 or 20 people. The record total attendance for any one day at the NEC is 100,000, more visitors than can fit into Wembley Stadium!
The NEC Group Vision
“We put the live into life, creating destinations of the future, helping customers make every moment count. Our people and our brands connect each part of the live experience through venues, content, services and date. We create unforgettable live experiences.”
Paul Thandi, Chief Executive