Welcome to the National Convenience Show

600 innovative brands, a programme full of industry-leading experts and a show-floor bursting with profitable ideas.

Profit, Innovation, Success

For 2017 each day of our programme will focus on big ideas to boost your bottom line, so get the figures working in your favour and learn game changing tips from successful retailers at NCS 2017.

One ticket, three great shows...

Register now and get access to three co-located shows. Find out what's driving the forecourt sector forward and source local and specialIty products for your store without leaving the NEC.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event?
What are the opening times?
What is the event about?
Where is the event?
Who is exhibiting at the event?
Show floor plan and exhibitor list
Who should visit the event?
Will there be any seminars, workshops or demonstrations?
Is there a catalogue?
If I have registered for the exhibition, can I attend on more than one day?
If I have registered for NCS, can I attend the other shows?
How can I register?
Can I register my colleague and/or friend?
Already Registered
Not yet registered
Travel information
Access & facilities
What can I do if my question has not been answered by any of the above?
Car Parking


When is the event?

Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 April 2018


What are the opening times?

Monday 16 April           10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 17 April          10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 18 April     10.00 - 16.00


What is the event about?

National Convenience Show is a trade exhibition held annually at the NEC Birmingham. The show brings together the entire Convenience industry, including over 200 big brand names, under one roof.

Attending the National Convenience Show is crucial to the development of your business - it will give you the tools you need to drive your business forward, generate additional footfall and cash in on increased basket spend. Don't miss out, register your interest now.


Where is the event?

National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT


Who is exhibiting at the event?

Suppliers from across the whole convenience and forecourt retail markets, including:


  • ATM
  • Beer/Wine/Spirits
  • Chilled Foods
  • Biscuits/Cakes/Confectionery
  • Snacks
  • Food to go/Bakery
  • Franchising
  • Frozen foods
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Greetings cards
  • Grocery Products
  • Hot Beverages
  • IT
  • Epos
  • Security
  • Mobile
  • Newspapers, Books & Magazines
  • Non Grocery
  • POS
  • POP
  • Signage
  • Refrigeration
  • Shopfitting
  • Soft Drinks
  • Water
  • Speciality
  • Ethnic Food
  • Tobacco
  • DVD



Who should visit the event?

The National Convenience Show is the must-attend event for all owners and buyers from the convenience market. 

Will there be any seminars, workshops or demonstrations?


See suppliers grilled under the supplier spotlight and be inspired by a packed programme of topical sessions at The Retailer Hub.


Is there a catalogue?

Yes, this will be available at the show free of charge to all visitors.


If I have registered for the exhibition, can I attend on more than one day?


Once registered you can come along on any day and your badge allows you in on multiple days.


If I have registered for NCS, can I attend the other shows?


Registering for the National Convenience Show automatically entitles you to free access to Food Ingredients Show, Foodex, Food & Drink Expo and Farm Shop & Deli Show.


How can I register?

Registration is not yet open. Register your interest for National Convenience Show 2018 to be kept up-to-date with the latest developments and to be notified when registration opens.

Can I register my colleague and/or friend?


You can register your colleagues for FREE. 

Already Registered

I attended the event last year; will I automatically receive a badge?
No, you will need to fill in a registration form to recieve your free badge when registration is open, in the mean time please register your interest here.

I'm worried that I haven't received my badge yet, what can I do?
Badges will be emailed to you prior to the even, and again two weeks prior to the Show. If for any reason you do not receive your badge, you can turn up on the day, and your badge can be printed very quickly for you.

What type of ID do I need to bring, as I am in the process of setting up a business in the trade?
Please bring a business card, if you have one.


Not yet registered

Can I visit the event if I'm not in the trade?
No, this is a trade show.

Is there a charge for registering pre-event?
No, the National Convenience Show is a free trade event.

Is there a charge to register on the door?
No, you can register on the day and will have free entry, however we recommend pre-registering via our website prior to the event to save time.

Do I have to provide all of my personal details?
NCS is independently audited and therefore we require the mandatory fields on the registration form.

I don't want to be contacted after the event; how can I prevent this from happening?
Please make sure you opt out when registering. Alternatively email hannah.blake@wrbm.com stating this.

I am a student; can I visit the event?
By prior arrangement only. Please call + 44 (0) 1293 610 227

Can my children visit the event with me?
No, we cannot admit persons under the age of 16 including students and babies or toddlers in pushchairs or in arms.

Is there a cloakroom at the event?
Yes. This will be situated within the atrium. Items are charged at £1 per item.


Travel information

How do I get to the event?
You can reach the NEC by road, rail and air. See full travel information here including information on our 25% discount on Virgin Trains.

I am travelling a distance for the event, where can I stay?
We have booked special hotel rates for visitors to NCS. Visit the Travel and Accommodation page for more information.


Access & facilities

Will there be anywhere that I can access the internet while I'm at the event?
Yes, there is free wifi available in all the halls.

Can I hire a wheelchair at the event?
Yes, you can hire manual wheelchairs only. There is no charge, but a deposit will be required.

What is wheelchair access like at the venue?
Good. Please click here for more information.

Are pushchairs allowed into the exhibition halls?
No, persons under the age of 16 will not be admitted.

Will there be anywhere to buy food while I'm at the exhibition?
Yes, there are several outlets within the hall.

What can I do if my question has not been answered by any of the above?

Please call the organisers on +44 (0) 1293 610 301, or refer to the contact list.


Car Parking

Standard Parking - £12 per day

Standard parking is available in our North, South and East Car Parks, with regular shuttle buses to take you from these car parks to the halls. Standard parking is not pre-bookable. Just follow the signs when you arrive, and pay by cash or card, if required, at the nearest kiosk. If you prefer, you can pay at the kiosk on the way back or at the exit - but in general itís quicker to buy your ticket before you go back to your car.

Express Parking - £20 per day

Why not plan ahead and pre-book a guaranteed space in a designated NEC Express parking area, with only a short walk to the halls? You can arrive and depart at any time between 8am and 6.30pm, and if youíre planning on doing some shopping your car is nice and close - so you can drop your bags off and get back to the show. NEC Express is pre-bookable from approximately 3 months before the event up until midnight the day prior to the event.

To find out more about parking please click here.


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