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The National Exhibition Centre

Why the NEC

At the NEC, we bring live to life...

It’s kind of our specialist subject, and has been for over 45 years since we opened in 1976. It’s why you can trust us to deliver your exhibition in a way that makes a real connection with audiences. That brings indoor and outdoor spaces inventively together. And delivers an event that’s always fresh, often daring, and never, ever dull.

Why choose the NEC to host your exhibition?

Our central location? Our unbeatable transport connections? Our flexible spaces? All great reasons of course, but we believe it’s because we truly understand the unique challenges that come with running an exhibition. Like the need for immediate credibility on a launch, the need for reassurance of relocating an event, and ultimately, putting on a show that has your community coming back for more.

  • Trusted experts with years of valuable experience
  • Future-proof your event with room to expand
  • Award-winning customer service and expertise
  • Deliver - and grow - your audience at the UK’s best-connected venue
“Our successful move to the NEC enabled us to attract a much wider UK audience, resulting in an overall excellent launch...”

Geoff Webb, CEO


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The freedom to be flexible

We work hard to ensure it’s never hard work organising an event at the NEC. Our key to achieving this is the complete freedom we can offer in terms of space, location and layout. It lets you continually expand and reimagine your show. With 18 halls, 32 conference suites and 186,000sqm of covered space, our blank canvases are flexible, futureproofed and a perfect fit for events big or small.

  • The UK’s largest event venue
  • 18 versatile event halls
  • 32 purpose-built conference suites
  • 440 acres of flexible space

Unrivalled reach

Our job is to help you instantly connect with audiences. And while our supercharged infrastructure and switched-on experts will help you do so in style, it’s our ability to maximise your reach that really sets us apart. It’s here our central location quickly comes into its own, because 75% of the UK is within a three-hour travel time. Our unrivalled transport connectivity also means your visitors will arrive at your show ready and raring to go. 

  • Located at the heart of UK's motorway network
  • International airport and railway station on the doorstep
  • 6 trains per hour to London
  • Only 10 minutes from Birmingham city centre

Altogether stronger

We understand the idea of launching or relocating your show can be scary. We’re here to make it scarily simple. And rewarding. And hugely successful, because on average new exhibitions grow by 37% in their second year with us. Our secret? That’ll be our experts who are always on hand to answer your burning questions and generate buzz around your event. We like to think of them as an extension of your own team. 

  • The UK’s number one venue of choice for exhibitors
  • Proven team and trusted venue with over 45 years' experience
  • Host to over 500 headline grabbing events every year
  • Award wins across operations, venue, catering & customer service

Destination NEC

Work hard, play really really easily. That’s always been our approach when it comes to networking and socialising. And at the NEC you and your visitors can socialise around the clock without ever leaving our bustling campus. We’ve got stylish bars, restaurants galore, even a cinema, casino and spa. Plus seven on-site hotels that cover all budgets. This means your guests can keep connecting long after the show finishes, and you’ll be remembered for choosing a destination that rocks.

  • Enhance the event experience across our 24/7 campus
  • Over 15 restaurants and bars to wine and dine in
  • Extreme post-event team building at Bear Grylls Adventure
  • 7 on-site hotels covering every style and budget

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Case Studies

Successful launch event

The Running Show was brand new event that joined us in 2018 and has since gone from strength to strength

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Unique show relocation

LAMMA moved their formerly outdoor event inside to create a better event experience for their exhibitors and visitors

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New show, elevated content

Hemp and CBD Expo chose the NEC as a prestigious venue for an industry in need of stabilisation and a positive change

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Trade show success

Med Tech Innovation Expo relocate for ambitious expansion plans, choosing the NEC for location and growth opportunies

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Richard Mann

New Business

Ben Calvert

Senior Business Development Manager

Karolina Costa

Business Development Manager

Exhibition enquiry

Launching or relocating? Our team are here to help you every step of the way.