Exhibitions + Congress
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Sector at a Glance
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Contributes circa £11 billion to the UK economy.
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Supporting an estimated 180,000 businesses.
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1100 UK exhibitions attracting circa 9 million visitors per year.
Sector Overview

Exhibitions + Congress

Trade exhibitions are aimed primarily at those working within a particular trade sector and its peripherals. Visitors to trade exhibitions are usually required to establish their trade credentials and buying power.

Trade exhibitions are quite diverse within their industry sector, with B2B services and equipment as the core focus, often in the IT/Telco sectors, alongside more specialist congress events which primarily support the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Consumer shows (also referred to as public) are primarily organized to attract the consumer or general public and usually charge for admission. These are strongly orientated to the leisure, lifestyle, wedding and homeware sectors.

The business events sector contributes circa £11 billion to the UK economy. Trade and consumer exhibitions support an estimated 180,000 businesses. The main UK exhibition venues host 1100+ p.a. attracting circa 9 million visitors. Venues, organisers and suppliers including AV, exhibition design and construction companies all work together to deliver exhibitions.

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Sector Events Calendar
March 24
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Event Week Live
The NEC Group’s Event Week Live programme gives local students from Birmingham City University and Coventry University a taster of the live events industry, visiting the NEC campus for an entire week, receiving talks, advice and guidance from a variety of leaders from the business. It gives students an insight into the real workings of an industry leading live events business, during one of the UK’s most high-profile exhibitions, Crufts. It also includes visiting back of house to see the different and varied roles available within the events industry, as well as a trip to NEC sister venues, Resorts World Arena and Vox Conference Venue, which also feature on campus.
March 24
5-7
IFEX Exhibition 2024
IFEX is Northern Ireland’s PREMIER showcase of the latest food & drink products, catering equipment, interiors, technology and services to the food, retail and hospitality industries. IFEX saw thousands of visitors from the foodservice, hospitality, catering and retail sectors, descend on the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, bringing together some of the most exciting businesses in the industry right now. With exhibitors reporting that substantial business was done and overwhelming positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike, IFEX 2022 really did serve up a show that will benefit all of those involved in the months and years ahead. A one stop shop for discovering some of the BEST products & services that Northern Ireland & Ireland has to offer.
March 24
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The Sustainable Breakfast Briefing
Event Industry News will be launching the fifth edition of the Sustainable Event Buyer’s Guide to a panel of thought-leaders, open the discussion around sustainability and take questions from guests. The renowned BMA House will be hosting the eco-friendly breakfast briefing on 6th March 2024, showcasing all the venue has to offer as well as treating you to a delicious sustainable breakfast from their catering partner, CH&CO. The event is open exclusively to event organisers, brands and agencies who are focussed on making their future events sustainable. Free to attend, a great networking opportunity and chance to learn valuable insight from thought leaders in this field.
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