UK Trade Show Calendar 2019
No matter what industry you’re in, if you are a small to medium business, you’ll, no doubt, need to attend a trade show to help advertise your brand.
There are thousands of trade fairs that take place across the UK, from catering to sports, to art and gardening. It is essential that you attend one of the 2019 trade shows and exhibitions that attract your potential customers, and will benefit your brand.
If you are launching a product, trade shows are a sure-fire way to get your product noticed.
While we won’t publish all the trade shows taking place across the country this year, here we’ve listed quite a few of the major events in this exhibition calendar.
So whether you’re a well-established company putting together your marketing strategy or a start-up business, aiming to advertise your new product or service, we’ve got you covered.
First of all, you’ll need to consider what category your business falls into. Industry categories include:
- Building and construction
- Animals and pets
- Energy and utilities
- Environment and Waste Management
- Sales and Marketing
- Children, babies and maternity
- Transport and travel
- Food and beverage
- And more…
Depending on which category your business falls into, the size of the trade show may vary. You’ll need to adapt your exhibition based upon how you will get the attention of potential customers.
Of course, exhibition walling provides an excellent base to advertise your product and can be filled with various decorative features, no matter what industry you’re in.
It is best to carry out a search within your particular industry to find a detailed list of exhibitions associated with your business, however, some of the main exhibitions are listed below for those businesses who simply want to find out the dates of the most well-known events for 2019.
Top tip: Bear in mind how far you need to travel to get to the exhibition and how much having a stand there will cost. Is the ROI for that particular event worth it?
We’ve tried to separate the events by month so that you can plan your marketing strategy and travel accordingly.
Caravan, camping and motorhome show
Feb 19-24, NEC, Birmingham
First chance to see the newest collection of tents, caravans and all things camping before the 2019 camping season begins. The UK’s biggest manufacturers in the camping industry will be there to showcase their latest products. The cost of entry is £8.
Event Production Show
Feb 26-27, London Olympia
The ideal exhibition for anyone working in the live events organising industry. The Event Production Show features expert talks, supplier information, live event tips and more.
FEB 26-28 ExCel, London
Production, media and broadcasting is the aim of the BVE exhibition. In fact, this event is HUGE. Lots of buyers attend, including companies in production, live sport and live entertainment.
Marketing Week Live
Mar 6-7, London Olympia
A key event for marketers and influencers, Marketing Week Live is an essential event to attend if you want to keep up with all the latest marketing trends.
March 7-10, NEC Birmingham
Even if you don’t have dogs, you’ll no doubt have heard of Crufts. Not only are there over 550 trade fairs selling all things dog-related, but 22 000 dogs will also be competing for Cruft’s “Best in Show” competition.
The London Book Fair
March 12 – 14, London Olympia
The London Book Fair is a must-attend event for those working in the book industry. Whether you are a library agent, author, bookseller or distributor, you’d be mad to miss this massive book fair.
Sign & Digital UK
Apr 2-4, NEC Birmingham
If you need an event for sign making, digital printing and display solutions, then the Sign & Digital UK exhibition is the ideal exhibition for 2019. It has been going for 25 years too!
The Ingredients Show
Apr 8-10, NEC Birmingham
You don’t need too long to guess what is at the heart of The Ingredients Show…
The great thing about The Ingredients Show is the fact it runs along the side of the Farm Shop & Deli Show and helps businesses find the ingredients, services and solutions to take the business to the next level.
Farm Shop & Deli Show
Apr 8-10, NEC Birmingham
The Farm Shop & Deli Show runs alongside The Ingredients Show, as well as other food-orientated trade fairs like the National Convenience Show.
The exhibition provides local and regional businesses to consider all the areas of their product. They’ll think about how best to promote it, as well as packaging techniques and wholesalers.
The Baby Show
May 17-19, NEC Birmingham
The Baby Show is the ideal event for parents expecting a new child. It is a trade fair dedicated to pregnancy and parenting.
Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival
May 24-27, London Olympia
Expect leading therapists and experts to attend the Mind Body Spirit London Wellbeing Festival, as well as yoga taster sessions and more. There will be music and various interactive experiences on offer.
UK Games Expo
May 31- Jun 2, NEC Birmingham
The exhibition that celebrates board games, tabletop games and family games. Yes, that’s right, we’re not talking computer games here. The exhibition offers the children to try out some new board games for themselves! The cost ranges from £8-£80.
The Media Production Show
A key networking event for those working in the TV, music or video sectors. Professionals can listen to seminars about all aspects of producing creative pieces.
New Designers- Part 1
The exhibition where the newly graduated designers from leading universities gather together to showcase their pieces. The exhibition follows a particular design theme and consists of an awards ceremony.
New Designers- Part 2
The second of the New Designers exhibitions that follows a different design discipline to the first and has a different awards ceremony. There approximately 3000 new designers at each ceremony.
Manchester Furniture Show
One of the biggest furniture shows, the Manchester Furniture show is ideal for anyone interested in home improvement. It consists of numerous domestic furniture catalogues on offer to make your home great.
The Moda Accessories trade fair is an exhibition especially for women’s fashion and takes place bi-annually.
Sep 1-4, NEC, Birmingham
The top choice of an exhibition for wholesale gifts, in perfect time for Christmas.
Sep 10-12, NEC, Birmingham
The UK’s biggest and most renowned garden and outdoor living show. Products span outdoor entertainment, pets, garden decoration and more.
Hotel & Spa Tech Live
Hotel & Spa Tech Live is the ideal exhibition for hospitality professionals and features over 250 exhibitions, showing the latest innovations in the hotel and spa sector.
Oct 1-3, NEC, Birmingham
PPMA stands for the Processing & Packaging Machinery Trade Association Show. The exhibition is one of the leading production line events in the UK. It is attended by many manufacturers across the country, from various industries.
November 1-3, NEC, Birmingham
At the centre of any baking should be CAKE International! The exhibition that brings the keenest of cake decorators and baking supplies, any cake-orientated business should attend this show.
The National Pet Show
Nov 2-3, NEC, Birmingham
The National Pet Show spans all pet species, from reptiles to furry friends like dogs, cats and rabbits. Shop various pet products, see animals and check out the most recent pet supplies.
Dec 27, NEC, Birmingham
Where Toy Story truly comes to life, the Toy Fair takes place at the end of the year in 2019 and lasts one day.
The exhibition is ideal for buyers, professionals, wholesalers, toy makers and more…