Outside of London, Birmingham is the UK's second largest market for doing business, with a thriving manufacturing industry and growing service and tourism sector.
Why exhibit there
Not only is this location fantastic for reaching the entire country, the NEC is renowned for putting on a great show, attracting over 6 million guests every year.
Once you touch down at Birmingham airport, you simply hop on the free air-rail link system which will take you to Birmingham International Train Station in two minutes, and into the centre of the city.
Restrictions on what you can bring into the country
Fairly standard list: illegal drugs, offensive weapons, eg flick knives, self-defence sprays, eg pepper spray and CS gas, endangered animal and plant species, rough diamonds, indecent and obscene materials, personal imports of meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries
Main exhibition centres
Exhibitions we have supported
Services we provide
- Booth Host/Hostess
- Lead Generator
- Crowd Gatherer
- Product Demonstrator
- Hospitality Staff
- Brand Ambassador
- Team Leaders
- Event Managers
Key tourist hotspots
Birmingham is famous for its canals which were a byproduct of the Industrial Revolution that saw the city boom. Today this extensive canal network (the city has more canals than Venice) is used mostly for pleasure boating.
But if boating isn’t what you have time for, try going to these:
Where to eat
- Arch 13 - Arch 13 boasts a selection of British meat, including hand-carved mutton, venison salami and air-dried duck, and quality cheese boards.
- Baked in Brick - Pizza and then some. Try the classics or get adventurous with the smoked salmon, dill fennel and creme fraiche pizza.
- Local currency is the pound.
- Language is English.
- You may need a visa to come to the UK. Check the list to see.
- Plug sockets are the three pin rectangular type.
- There are no obvious cultural sensitivities in the UK, however you might want to take note of any business peculiarities:
- In general, the British value time-keeping for business arrangements.
- Gift giving is not a usual part of British business etiquette.
- People are very private and like to break the ice with generalist topics such as the weather.