Sign in or Register
 
 
Exhibition News Race Day
Register today to receive each issue absolutely FREE!


Senior Recruitment Consultant
Hertfordshire

Business Development Manager
London

Head of Sales and Events
Harrogate International Centre

Event Manager
Nottingham



EN Race Day debate to tackle free content...

Garry Tyson scooped the gong for Best Organiser Salesperson at this...

“North West must stand united”...

Exhibition News September 2014
September 2014

Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association moves SOLEX to The NEC
posted on: 3/8/2012 10:05:35
NEC

The NEC has secured a three-year contract with the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) for its Summer and Outdoor Living Exhibition (SOLEX).

The July 2013 show will move from its former home of five years, the Telford International Centre.

Manufacturers of garden furniture, gazebos, parasols, outdoor lighting and play equipment will exhibit at the show, from 8 to 10 July.

“While we’ve been happy in Telford, we are committed to growing our exhibition and need additional capacity to accommodate expansion,” said LOFA secretary Phil Gibbs. “The space and flexibility offered by the NEC, combined with its central location and great transport links are perfect for our needs and we look forward to growing the show with them over the next three years.”

The exhibition will use outside space to showcase barbeque equipment.

“It’s fantastic to welcome another trade association show to the NEC, demonstrating our ability to cater for multiple audiences, under one roof,” said NEC business development director Chris Hartley.

Meanwhile, the NEC has announced major improvement works at a cost of more than £2m, including revamping its car parking offer to introduce new pre-booked parking options.

The improvement works are part of a £40m investment over a seven-year programme. The new parking products include guaranteed ‘NEC Express’ parking close to the event and designated ‘Exhibitor Advantage’ parking for exhibitors, which will allow them to book a space for the duration of the open period at the show, at a cost of £50 per day. Exiting the show each day will also be easier.

However, these new overall measures will see the cost of standard parking rise from £8 to £10.

NEC managing director Kathryn James said the price rises will focus on enhancing customers’ experience.

“We acknowledge that it is difficult for visitors to accept price rises, especially during these difficult economic times, but these changes are needed in order to make these investments to ensure our venue offers our customers a great experience that will set the NEC apart from the rest,” she said.

“It’s also about offering customers more choice, with a variety of parking offers now available – visitors can opt for the new pre-booked option or choose from the thousands of standard parking spaces provided on site thanks to our unrivalled flexibility as a venue.”

From September, the venue will also introduce contactless payment in its car parks.
 
A new show focused on the UK pool and spa sector will launch at The NEC next January.

Got a story for Exhibition News? Email us: exhibitionnews@mashmedia.net


Print:
Email:
Share article:

COMMENTS
Would you like to Leave a Comment?

LATEST NEWS
GES announces Blitz Communications acquisition
posted on: 17/9/2014 14:21:37
Global Experience Specialists (GES) has acquired international AV specialist Blitz Communications, expanding its range of services further into the live events, conference and exhibitions sector.

Hossami and Read join ITE Group
posted on: 16/9/2014 13:50:59
The ITE Group has recently made two senior management appointments.

ACC Liverpool has completed the latest phase of its two-year, £2.3m refurbishment designed to enhance its facilities.

Media 10 grows home-interest portfolio
posted on: 16/9/2014 13:02:47
Organiser of the Ideal Home Show, Media 10, has expanded its home-interest portfolio with the acquisition of Good Homes magazine.

Event technology firm Live Group has appointed Andrew Willson as group managing director in a restructure that sees former MD Toby Lewis take on the role of chief executive.