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Trade Days is held at the NEC, Birmingham, Hall 17 from 9:30-17:30 on 8th October and 9:30-17:00.

The NEC is very easy to access from all parts of the UK with easy access from the M6, M1, M40 and the M42 motorways. The venue is well sign posted from the motorway. On the NEC site, follow Trade Days / Pharmacy Show directional signs to the allocated car parks and head to Hall 17.

If you are using a satellite navigation system please enter the post code B40 1NT to pinpoint the NEC.

You can park at the NEC for the show, or you can fly to Birmingham International Airport, which is next to the NEC and has a direct link. The train is also easy, with the NEC being served by Birmingham International Station. The NEC is connected by a covered bridge link directly from the station.


From Birmingham International Railway Station, access to The NEC is via our covered ‘Bridgelink’.

You will need to travel up the escalators, go across the bridge link and down another set of escalators into the Piazza. Please then follow the signs across the skywalk and into the Atrium where you will find Hall 17.


Shuttle Bus Service - Team NEC operates a convenient shuttle bus service from the car parks to the halls during the open period of each show. They usually run from one hour before the event opens to one hour after the closing time. Please check the electronic signage at the bus stops for live information.

Pedestrian Access - If you choose to walk from your car parks, please follow the finger post signage to the halls.

For further details please visit the NEC travel page.


If you are arriving by private car, please follow Disabled Parking signs and have your Blue Badge with you. 


  • Please note, you should bring your Blue Badge with you, even if you are arriving by taxi.
  • If you are arriving by taxi and have your Blue Badge with you, you will be able to be dropped off at the main entrances. At the end of your visit if you are using a private cab you will be directed to the pick-up area. If you are using a ComCab black cab you will be picked up at the ranks by the main entrances.


  • Wheelchairs - available free of charge for blue badge holders and £5 for all other visitors.  The number of wheelchairs we have available is limited, so if you’ve got your own, please bring it with you.
  • Scooters - £15 per day for all visitors.
  • We strongly advise visitors to pre-book equipment to avoid disappointment. Bartrams (our mobility service partner) operate a telephone booking line Monday to Friday 0900hrs-1700hrs on 01353 778756.
  • Visitors can also book via Bartram’s website. For any visitors who have not pre-booked equipment and arrive on the day, any remaining stock will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a non-refundable scheme. As Bartrams’ location varies from show to show, please check the collection point when making a booking.


For information on accommodation near the NEC, and to access exclusive discounted rates, please visit  Event Express UK.


It has come to our attention that there is a scam operating around hotel accommodation bookings for Trade Days at the NEC.

A company calling itself CONVENTION EXPO TRAVEL has been approaching exhibiting companies at the show purporting to be the official hotel booking agency for the show and taking credit card details and bookings without making any such bookings with the hotels concerned.

We have discovered from fellow exhibition organisers that their exhibitors have also been approached in similar fashion.

We can only advise that should you be contacted by Convention Expo Travel, or any other agent other than Event Express, do NOT under any circumstances make a booking with them or give any credit card details.

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