10th April 2019, Ricoh Arena, Coventry


Use our handy guide to make the most of the NMBS Exhibition,the number one buying and selling event for Independent Merchants.

What is the NMBS 2019 Exhibition Timetable?

The Exhibition will take place on Wednesday 10th April 2019. Times are as below:

Open: 08:45 – 16:00
Lunch: 12:30 – 14:30
Breakdown: 16:00 – 20:00

All stands should be ready for 08:15 and not dismantled until 16:00. 

Where is the NMBS 2019 Exhibition?

The Exhibition will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Please see below for contact and address details:

Ricoh Arena, Ericsson Hall
Phoenix Way
West Midlands 

Tel: 0844 873 6500


What is included with my stand?

Stands are space only, not shell scheme, and come with one single 500w power socket. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase extra sockets for £75.00 + VAT per socket. Other wattages are available and prices will be advised upon request. Stands are unfurnished and are not carpeted. If you choose to carpet your stand area, please ensure that all tape is removed when you breakdown. For help with stand design and furnishing please contact RDW on 01939 260 350.

When is the Exhibition build up day?

Build up will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019. Please note that set up times will be issued to you closer to the event and we would ask that you adhere to these times.

Is there free parking?

Parking is free to all on the day of the Exhibition. Please note that you will need to use Car Park B on build up day.

How do I arrange deliveries to the Exhibition Hall?

If you are arranging for your stand or any equipment to be delivered direct to the Hall on build up day, could we please ask you to inform NMBS beforehand, as a signature will be required for your delivery, Please ensure this is arranged for build up day and not before.

NMBS will not be held responsible for any short deliveries etc.

Is there a Fork Lift available?

A Fork Lift truck will be available on the day it would be appreciated if you could inform NMBS beforehand whether you will require this for build up or break down.

Are refreshments available on the day?

Numerous paying coffee bars will be open at the Exhibition and during build up.

How many lunch passes will I receive?

You will receive two complimentary lunch passes for each stand booked, extra passes are available upon request. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by 22nd March 2019, to request additional passes.

How does exhibition rebate work?

The Exhibition Rebate contribution will apply to all April 2019 invoices processed via NMBS for those members who place an order with you at the NMBS exhibition.

NMBS will ‘top-up’ your rebate contribution. 

Ensure that all staff on your stand are aware of what your rebate offering is and how it works.

Is there a height restriction?

Yes, your stand cannot be any taller than 4m.

How do I get into the Exhibition on the day?

You will be required to register for badges prior to the event. These will be posted to you and will grant you access into the Exhibition Hall on the day.  No access will be granted without your badge. Please note that badges are not required on build up day.

Can I do demonstrations on my stand?

You will need to be granted permission by the Ricoh Arena for any demonstrations held on your stand. 

To request permission for a demonstration please email a risk assessment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who should attend on the day?

The Exhibition is a great way to meet key decision makers in our experience it benefits for there to be key decision makers attending from your own company. 

  • AC Supply Ltd


    “The best thing about the exhibition is the excellent rebate on offer and a good chance for me to learn how NMBS works as a new member.”

  • Turnbulls


    “Great opportunity to network with fellow merchants and suppliers while enjoying extra rebates for placing orders.”

  • Frank Howard - Tools and Fixings


    “Thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. By far the best presented and attended trade only show I have attended.”

  • Chris Hayward - NMBS


    “Every year the NMBS Exhibition continues to go from strength to strength, setting new and higher records for visitor and exhibitor numbers as well as the value of deals done on the day. The 2017 event was no exception and fully maintained this impressive track record.”