This month's National Venue Show will showcase more than 300 UK
venues suitable for exhibitions, conferences, corporate hospitality,
meetings and marketing purposes of all kinds. The launch show at the NEC
will be co-located alongside the National Incentive Show and Total
Marketing Solutions, both of which are organised by Reed
"This was an exhibition waiting to happen," says Stephen Richards,
managing director of the event's organiser, Waypoint Exhibitions. "The
industry has been crying out for a national event in the autumn at a
central location and that is what we've created."
Exhibitors at the show include Nottingham's National Ice Centre, Brands
Hatch, Harrogate International Centre, G-Mex, NAC Stoneleigh Park, NEC
Group and the Concept Centre.
"We will have details of our full range of products and venues, both
established and new, with something to interest every event organiser,
whatever their requirements," says Concept Centre general manager Martin
Neale. "We'll be telling everyone at the show, if they want double the
capacity, double the flexibility and double the drama for their event,
or an intimate environment to hold smaller functions, then they've come
to the right place."
Among the football clubs present will be Aston Villa, Leicester City,
Leeds United, Coventry City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The hotels
sector is also well supported. Big names including Hilton, De Vere,
Grand Heritage, Swallow and Four Pillars will all be there.
The National Ice Centre, which opened in April last year, will be
running a free draw for two tickets to UB40's November concert at the
Nottingham venue, while Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre will
be showcasing its planned expansion programme.
And more unusual venues, such as The National Space Centre in Leicester,
The International Centre for Life in Newcastle and the Commonwealth
Conference & Events Centre, will showcase their facilities.
But it's not only venues on show. Locating a destination is only the
first step towards staging an event - myriad professional services are
required to complete the job. The service sector is represented by
Sodexho Prestige, Compass, Opex, Arena Events and Display Matrix, among
European Event Decoration supplies decor to transform venues into a
theme of your choice. Its stand will feature a tunnel of fire and an
entrance arch of silk flames. Meanwhile, full service contractor Early
Action Group will be launching a panel system that the company claims
provides greater shell scheme flexibility. "We have worked closely with
our organisers for more than a decade and it has given us the insight
and experience to develop products such as this new system to meet
market requirements," Early Action chief executive Steve Barratt
Identilam will be showcasing its range of conference and event badging
products and services as well as producing and sponsoring the printed
lanyards that will be worn by all exhibitors and visitors at the
ESP Recruitment will be advertising a wide range of jobs. The agency
will also be hosting a special careers pavilion where visitors can view
the results of an extensive salary survey for the industry, carried out
with Marketing Event (see Live Issue,page 21). There will also be a
programme of short presentations about careers in the events industry
from industry figures as well as CV tips and interview techniques.
With an impressive line-up of more than 300 exhibitors the show promises
to be a success but only the quality and quantity of visitors can
"We have implemented some impressive visitor advertising, direct mail
and a strong PR campaign and even before this happened we had 4,500
pre-registered visitors," Richards says.
Venue: Hall 9, NEC, Birmingham
Date: 11-13 September Time: 9.30-16.00 each day
Visitor profile: Professional conference organisers, destination
management executives, anybody involved in selecting venues, corporate
hospitality or services to support events, sales and marketing managers
and directors, HR and training executives.
Entry: Free to all visitors. One ticket allows free entry to all three
Ticket hotline: 020 8941 2299 ext 230
Web site: www.nationalvenueshow.co.uk
Organiser: Waypoint Exhibitions.