one of the world's top venue management companies


Since the opening of the NEC in 1976, the NEC Group has been at the forefront of the live events industry with a passion for event excellence.

Our people and our brands connect each part of the live experience through venues, content, services and data – and by utilising our extensive portfolio, we help organisers create their perfect event.



With over 40 years’ experience, the NEC is the UK’s number one venue and the venue of choice for exhibition organisers.

The NEC is the UK’s largest exhibition venue with 18 interconnecting halls comprising 182,000m2 of flexible exhibition space, in addition to over 392 acres of hard-standing ground and 75 acres of woodland. The venue welcomes around 2.4 million visitors and over 34,000 exhibiting companies to more than 125 exhibitions every year, including flagship shows as BBC Good Food Show, Spring Fair International, Motorhome & Caravan and Crufts.

Benefiting from unrivalled connectivity by road, rail and air, the NEC is totally accessible to audiences from across the UK and further afield. The venue sits within a three-hour travel time of 75 per cent of the UK’s population and at the heart of the motorway network, while it is physically connected to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International train station offering great travel choices and linking shows with audiences across the world.

The award-winning venue team is dedicated to putting on great events, ensuring client needs and expectations are met and exceeded so they come back year after year.


Our five NEC Group venues are all centrally located in the heart of the UK, offering great choice to event organisers.

NEC Group venues have conference and meeting space to host from 2 to 8,000 or more delegates, and our flexible spaces offer first class facilities in custom-build conference centres and exclusive, intimate settings to meet every need.

From national conferences to regional sales meetings, immersive AGM’s to intimate board meetings, our world-class venues can accommodate all types of events and live experiences.


Our NEC Group Arenas - Utilita  Arena Birmingham in Birmingham city centre and Resorts World Arena on the NEC campus – are two of the busiest, large-scale indoor entertainment venues in the world, welcoming everything from music, sport and comedy, to family entertainment and live theatre.

The Arenas are famous as the home of entertainment in the Midlands, welcoming artists from One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Take That and Beyoncé, to comedians like Michael McIntyre and Lee Evans, to major sporting events such as the World Trampolining and Tumbling Championships, BMX World Championships and the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships, as well as hosting family shows such as Disney on Ice and Strictly Come Dancing.

Less well known is their capacity to host exceptional corporate events, offering the opportunity to host and entertain large numbers of delegates in unique and exciting world-class venues.


With over 30 years’ experience in the live events industry and as one of the UK’s leading national ticket agents, The Ticket Factory sells over 2.5 million tickets per year for a variety of events ranging from comedy, concerts and sporting events, to exhibitions, theatre performances and visitor attractions.

As the official box office for the NEC Group’s venues, The Ticket Factory also partners with major brands including Barclaycard, Virgin Trains, NUS Extra and Visit Birmingham.

The Ticket Factory thinks like an e-retailer, providing e-commerce platforms, conversion tools, payment methods and a fully functional and fully responsive website with upsells, bundles and cross sells.

The team offers a range of support services including marketing, a contact centre, box office management and RIFD as well as ticket fulfilment and dispatch, and its in-house developers are passionate about driving new ideas and being at the cutting edge of innovation.