The convenience-retailing sector comes together again this April (29th – 1st May) as National Convenience Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows in a move that will offer visitors the most comprehensive package of co-located shows of their type anywhere in the UK.

The Forecourt Show – the UK’s biggest event dedicated to the fuel and forecourt sector and a must-visit for all those who work for multiple retailers, symbol groups, independent forecourts, oil companies and dealers – runs alongside National Convenience Show.

Both shows will join Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and The Restaurant Show to bring together over 1200 exhibitors covering the entire UK food and drink supply chain.

Visitors can expect a wealth of expertise, advice and innovation as the sector’s most celebrated suppliers prepare to flood the show floor. Combined, the shows’ exhibitor lists read like a who’s who of industry suppliers with big names set to exhibit including: BP Oil (Stand S90), Booker Wholesale (Stand M100), Britvic (Stands M130, K119, S118, S40), Actiph Water (Stand J121), Diageo (Stand Q141), Ferrero (Stand J110), Hovis (Stand M71), Innocent (Stand Q18), Mondelēz (Stand S41) and Müller (Stand S149).

For the full list of exhibitors and products on show, visit:

In a first for this year, National Convenience Show will host the Retailers’ Den, offering intrepid entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their product to a panel of convenience store experts in the ultimate convenience test. Try the products for yourself on Tuesday 29th April and Wednesday 1st May at 2.15pm on the Convenience Store Stage.

Across the three days of the shows, this stage will also play host to some of the most respected professional across the sector today, including Ian Taylor, Retail Director SPAR UK; Jo Hayward, Vice President Convenience Europe of BP; Stephanie Wood, Managing Director One Stop Stores; and Andy Perry, Vice President of Convenience, Asda. Dissecting and debating the industry’s most pressing questions, expect insight and guidance from our esteemed panellists.

Key highlights of the schedule’s programme include:

• The Convenience shopper: Who, what, where, when, why… Monday 29th April, 11am
• The female leaders shaping convenience, Monday 29th April, 12.45pm
• BP: The future of forecourt convenience, Tuesday 30th April, 11.30am
• Making the most of the forecourt opportunity, Tuesday 30th April, 12.15pm
• Crime in convenience: A £125m issue, Wednesday 1st May, 10.30am
• Innovation in convenience: The retailers causing a stir, Wednesday 1st May, 12.30pm

See the full line up of sessions and speakers here:

Andrew Reed, Managing Director – Wine & Exhibitions, William Reed, said
: “National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show have cemented themselves as the gold standard for anyone looking to improve, refine and enhance their convenience retail offering. Whether you’re looking to give your site an extra edge, drive your business forward or increase basket spend, join the UK’s most switched on retailers for three fantastic days at the NEC this April.”

Register for your free pass today:

Covering the entire industry, the UK Food & Drink Shows are unparalleled in their ability to bring people together, build and foster better relationships, discover business building insight and celebrate innovation, all with the support of the multi-award-winning William Reed brand.