Thank you for agreeing to exhibit at our exhibitions -The Big Promotional Trade Show, The BIG Wearables Trade Show & The BIG New Products Trade Show 2024.

As show time is rapidly approaching, we wanted to provide you with some more information about the events. Please check below for dates, venues, accommodation bookings, obtaining your exhibitor badges, marketing, deliveries and room access as well as important event safety information.

All exhibitor information will also be updated shortly on the website www.thebpts.co.uk for your convenience and ease of access.

Please make sure that you have checked dates and venues as changes were made during the year since they were first announced 12 months ago.

Please also read the section on exhibitor parking and unloading access at Manchester United to prevent any delays and frustrations on the day!

Please note that due to demand for exhibition space, The October 16 exhibition has moved from Slough to Sheraton Skyline Heathrow and is on point of sell out.
We are delighted to announce that our new show variant, The BIG Wearables Trade Show has proved to be a great success and will continue to co-locate with the current shows.  This increases the opportunities for all of us.

If you have any questions at all, require any further help of any kind or have any feedback, please contact us at any time.

The BIG Promotional Trade Show
T. 0333 77 22 312      E. enquiries@thebpts.co.uk


6 March 2024

The Argyll Suite, Crowne Plaza Glasgow, Congress Rd, Glasgow G3 8QT

Show open: 10am – 3pm


20 March 2024

The Redwood Suite, Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport, Northwood Park, Santry Demesne, Dublin D09 KN66

Show open: 10am – 4pm


18 April 2024

The Lindbergh Suite, Marriott London Heathrow, Bath Road, Heathrow London UB3 5AN

Show open: 10am – 4pm


24 April 2024

The Manchester Suite, Manchester United FC Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA 

Show open: 10am – 4pm

Accommodation – The BIG Shows Spring 2024

For room upgrades, any issues or if current allocation is full etc please email enquiries@thebpts.co.uk or call 0333 77 22 312.

Double / twin rooms can be booked on most of the on-line links, again any issues, please contact us directly.

Crowne Plaza Glasgow for Orb Showcase and BIG Show 5 and 6 March 2024
For nights of 4,5,6 March 2024
£135.00 B&B rates inclusive of VAT.
Follow the link and enter the nights you wish to stay.
The BIG Promotional Trade Show Allocation

Crowne Plaza Dublin 20 March 2024
For night of 19 March 2024
£196.00 B&B rates inclusive of VAT.
Follow the link.

Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport

Heathrow Marriott 18 April 2024
For night of 17 April 2024
£155.00 B&B rates inclusive of VAT.
Follow the link.
Book your group rate for The BIG Promotional Trade Show

Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Old Trafford for Manchester United 24 April 2024
For night of 23 April 2024
£140.00 B&B rates inclusive of VAT.
Follow the link.
Book your group rate here

The BIG Shows Autumn 2024

North – Manchester – 25 September 2024

The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester
M16 0PX

Show open: 10am – 4pm

South – London Heathrow – 16 October 2024

Sheraton Skline London Heathrow, Bath Rd, Heathrow, London UB3 5BP

Show open: 10am – 4pm

Accommodation – The BIG Shows Autumn 2024

For room upgrades, any issues or if current allocation is full etc please email enquiries@thebpts.co.uk or call 0333 77 22 312.

Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Old Trafford 25 September 2024
For night of 24 September 2024
£140.00 B&B rates inclusive of VAT.
Follow the link and enter the nights you wish to stay.
Book your group rate here

Sheraton Skyline London Heathrow 16 October 2024
For night of 15 October 2024
£155.00 B&B rates inclusive of VAT.
Follow the link.
Book your group rate for The BIG Promotional Trade Show to follow

Important Exhibitor Information

Show Emphasis – Feedback
Please take care when planning and preparing your displays that they focus on new products, ranges, catalogues etc.

Feedback from some of our previous shows, particularly The Green & New Promo Shows mentions that a number of exhibitor displays looked the same and contained the same products from show to show.

While the United Kingdom has currently lifted all legal restrictions and requirements, we will continue to monitor and enact any COVID-19 information and guidance as it is published by government and will follow policy and advice from our venues, UK regions and their heads, the Irish government, the WHO and event industry associations. The well-being and health of everyone is paramount to us.

Currently, we are working with our venues on any on-going COVID-19 requirements and will communicate the latest information to you all as it becomes available. Currently while there are no legal restrictions required, several factors will be in play such as but not limited to:

  • Enhanced venue sanitation, thorough cleaning regimes and a focus on hygiene
  • Revised entry and registration to avoid close queuing
  • Wide aisles. One way system not required
  • Face coverings are not required
  • Availability of masks and hand sanitiser, increased hand wash facilities & sanitiser stations. We strongly advise that you have hand sanitiser and wipes on your stands
  • Maximum venue ventilation
  • Changes to how food and beverages are served

We are asking individuals NOT to attend our exhibitions if they:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19, are displaying symptoms or even if they are asymptomatic
  • Have been asked to self-isolate because they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19
  • Or live with an individual who has symptoms of COVID-19

Our venues are quite spacious, and this will be used to maximum advantage. We fully respect everyone’s right of personal choice regarding the wearing of masks and taking any other measures that makes them feel comfortable.

We take sustainability seriously and are working continuously to lower our environmental impact. Following the success of the tree planting initiative at our recent Green & New Promo Shows, planting a tree for each attendee has been extended to all live events and exhibitions.

Wherever possible banners and signage at the shows will be reusable and recyclable at end of life. The use of printed paper and card will also be curtailed. Show lanyards will be collected at the point of exit and by our “badge monitors”, recycled and reused in conjunction with our supplier Preseli UK.

All show entry badges are already completely recyclable. Exhibition venues, contractors and partners will continue to be encouraged to take the eco-journey with us, for instance, the Marriott kitchens are some of the most sustainable in the world, you are welcome to take a tour.

We urge you to join us and help make the shows as low impact as possible and encourage you to be planet mindful too!

This applies to all attendees, not just visitors. Click the link above to find out more about Ecologi.
We encourage you to be planet mindful too!

Show Bags and show branded products – sponsorship
These will be supplied to visitors empty at the registration desk for them to fill on their way round the show at each exhibitor stand.

We are always happy to work with our exhibitors on sponsorship opportunities for all our shows, venues and marketing. If you would like to provide show-branded or co-branded products as giveaways, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities please contact, enquiries@thebpts.co.uk

Exhibitor Access
Exhibitor access at all venues will be from 8am for set-up.  All stands and exhibits
should be ready so that we can open the shows promptly at opening time. There may be limited access night prior to at Glasgow, Dublin, Marriott and Sheraton. We will confirm nearer the time.

Exhibitor Space
We are expecting 60 plus companies to exhibit. All exhibitors will be pre-allocated a space with a 6-foot x 2-foot table plus one chair (except for double or triple stands or by prior arrangement). You can use the space as you see fit (subject to stand safety) and do not need to use the table which can be removed. If bringing any large equipment or displays, please inform the show organiser enquiries@thebpts.co.uk

Show Décor & Appearance
As agreed, to augment the exhibition appearance, all exhibitors are to use an own company branded tablecloth and either one or two standard pull-up banners or single pop-up framed banner.  We can supply tablecloths at cost as long as we have sufficient notice and help with banners, please get in touch enquiries@thebpts.co.uk

Please think hard about your stand and displays. We want to make the show look and feel great! If you have any special requests or require extra space, please contact enquires@thebpts.co.uk

Show Awards
In keeping with the above, we are pleased to once again be presenting an award to the best dressed stand at each show. We will also be presenting awards for most innovative product at each show series.

Power is available around the room in the walls and floor at most venues.  If you require an electric socket, please advise us asap and we will try and accommodate you. No trailing or long leads for safety reasons please.

Electrics and PAT Testing
Please make sure that all leads and appliances you may need to plug into the mains supply, including laptops, are PAT tested. We can PAT test on site but there is a charge for this service, and it is subject to time availability.

Is free and available in the exhibition rooms although there is no guarantee of bandwidth.

This will only commence once all visitors have left the show upon its closure.  No clearing of stands before this time please for safety reasons and out of respect for other exhibitors and of course the visitors.

Dress Code
Business attire / company uniform. We ask that you present yourselves on stand as you would if you were visiting a client in their offices.

If you wish to play music at any volume on your stand, please let us know. Broadcasting rights are controlled by our venues. We appreciate that many of you need to demonstrate speakers etc and this is not a problem. Please make sure that sound levels do not disturb adjacent stands.

Exhibitor Car Parking / Unloading – IMPORTANT
Parking is gratis and freely available at all venues for exhibitors and visitors. At hotel venues, charges may apply if you are staying overnight please enquire when checking in.

Manchester United. Manchester United is a world-class venue and as such maintains a high state of security alert. If you are arriving without needing to unload, please advise the gatekeepers and they will direct you about where to park or head for car park N2 off Wharfeside Way.

If you need to unload, you will need to provide us with your registration and passenger details which the gatekeepers will check against their list. Please complete the simple form attached and email it back to nigel@thebpts.co.uk as soon as possible to enable timely collation. Please can you use the subject line "Man Utd Exhibitor Vehicle Access" in your email. If logging in to this from the web site, just use the above email and send us: Car Registration, Colour, Make and Model.

If you have the same vehicle as last year, you can send a simple email, with the above header stating this and no form needed.

We have been working with Manchester United to try and improve exhibitor access to both the car parks and the stadium, so please take note of the following information.

Unloading for exhibitors is by the United Road security gate off John Gilbert Way, accessed via Wharfside Way M17 1AU as per usual. You may still need to have your vehicle details checked, but security will be setting up a secondary checkpoint to stop cars from queuing unnecessarily. Additionally, to speed things up, please download and display the attached Exhibitor Vehicle Permit.

North stand access to The Manchester Suite
We have arranged with Manchester United that there will be an additional 2 security lanes to expedite load-in this year but please remember that there are still only two lifts to access the suite.

Please allow extra time to get to Manchester United through a congested traffic area and also to access the suite.

Please follow instructions and directions from Manchester United security and traffic marshals at all times. Once unloaded, please move your vehicle from the Manchester Suite entrance to the car park area. If you are only have a couple of items to bring in you can also park in what is the Visitor Car Park, N2 accessed off Wharfside Way and a very short walk over the canal bridge.

Once unloaded, please move your vehicles away from the doors and accesses and park at the rear of the car parks to enable easy entry for our visitors. We are working with the event and security teams at Man Utd to change the entry and access arrangements to make them more streamlined than in the past.

If you have very heavy items, a large amount of equipment or need extra help for other reasons, please email nigel@thebpts.co.uk  to apply for a Special Access pass to unload adjacent to the Manchester Suite doors.

Dublin. The venue is on the ground floor and access is easy. Two unloading options, if you have a few items only then park in the underground car park and take the lift up. If you want to unload directly, you can pull up to the delivery double doors at the Redwood Suite and unload before parking your car. You will need to move your vehicle once unloaded.

Glasgow. Please note that exhibitor vehicle access and unloading is via the hammer head turning location at the front entrance adjacent to the river. There is no longer access vis the SEC site. Please take care when loading / unloading here as it is a public right of way with pedestrians and bicycles moving about. There will a marshal on duty at busy times, please respect their instructions.

Marriott Heathrow. Access is either through the main front entrance and up the escalator or stairs or to the left rear area where there is a large / lift directly to the suite.

Emirates Old Trafford. Small items can be carried through the front doors and in the lifts to the first floor. Main access is to the far side of The Point from the car park with direct large lift access available. You will be directed by marshals once on-site. There is a coned off area in front of the main access to The Point. This is allocated for VIP visitor parking only please!

Sheraton Skyline Heathrow. Access is either through the main front entrance and head left or to the left side of the building as you face it from Bath Road.

Once unloaded at all venues, please move your vehicles away from the doors and accesses and park at the rear of the car parks to enable easy entry for other exhibitors trying to unload and for visitors.

Please note that Bath Road and the area around Heathrow once you come off the M4 is now part of the Greater London Ultra Low Emissions Zone.

Due to the security policy at all venues, we will not be able to open the exhibition if vehicles are parked in an unauthorised manner.

Emission Zones
Both Heathrow hotels fall within the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). For more information, please go to: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone

Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) came into force 1 June 2023. The Crowne Plaza Glasgow and the immediate access to it from the M8 are not in the LEZ. The Glasgow Marriott Hotel for the Ross Event is on the edge of the LEZ. If you come off the M8 then you do not enter the zone. Going any further down Argyle Street will take you into the zone. For more information, please go to: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ
The Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone has not been activated.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and water will be available throughout the day from 8am to close.  A buffet lunch will be served for all exhibitors and visitors from 1pm – 2pm.  if you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know as soon as possible. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as is decaffeinated coffee and plant-based milk.

Exhibitor Registration
There is a link below to register for exhibitor badges. You will only need to register once for badges for all shows. Please retain badges from show to show.

Exhibitor badges must be worn at all times to gain access to the show and during the build-up
and breakdown periods.  Badges ordered prior to show dates can be collected from the
registration desk on arrival. 

Badges can be printed on-site if necessary but please note that visitor registration will take
priority during the open period.

Please note that if you have previously registered as a show exhibitor you will not have to register again for other The BPTS events. Please register any colleagues who you know will be exhibiting with you or forward this email to the relevant team member if you will not be attending yourself.


Show Marketing
As always, the marketing effort to maximise the return on investment we have all put into the show is down to us all. Please contact your customers and prospects and invite them to attend. Marketing these shows is a collective arrangement.

We can provide the show logos and if required an email document that you can top and tail to use, please let us know.

Social media images and icons are also available at made-ready sizes. For footer and on-line purposes, you can copy the logo at the top of this document.

Please contact us with marketing enquiries. enquiries@thebpts.co.uk

We are of course already conducting an on-going year round heavyweight marketing campaign across all forms of print and digital media, postal and tele-marketing and social media campaigns. But nothing works better than distributors receiving multi-channel communications not just from us but from you all as well.

The BPTS Product Spotlight And Industry News

The BPTS Product Spotlight And Industry News e-shots are currently going out each Tuesday morning with an editorial content deadline of the Friday prior to publication.
We will be delighted to feature all the exciting new products, ranges and catalogues many of you are currently launching and will be featuring at the exhibitions!
This is a complimentary service available  only to BIG Show group members and exhibitors and goes out to our whole database.  Distributors are all very welcome to contribute their own news and content too.
We are getting great levels of contributions from many of you no, with more than 90 of you taking part either regularly or occasionally thank you for the support.  While we have sufficient content, we shall continue to publish weekly.  The open and impression rates are remaining extremely good too!  Please make submissions as soon as possible for the next edition. 
Contributions: Please email to: nigel@thebpts.co.uk
Please supply hi-res jpg images preferably no larger than 800 x 1200 px and text as a word document or email body text in a standard font. It’s all about the image on Product Spotlight, please keep text contributions to 3 or 4 lines only. You are welcome to supply a link to fuller information. If you can put  Product Spotlight in the subject line of your submissions that would be brilliant!

  • Don’t miss your chance to feature:
  • new products, ranges, catalogues, equipment,
  • latest offers,
  • company news,
  • people news,
  • milestones & achievements,
  • website updates,
  • anything else you want to shout about.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at any time.

Visitor Registration Information and Links
Please find below visitor information and links to the visitor registration site to enable people to pre-register to attend. 

We will be making every effort to get a great turn out, please help us to achieve that! Details below.
The BIG Promotional Trade Show web site: www.thebigpromotionaltradeshow.co.uk
Visitor Registration: http://bigtradeshows2024.eventreference.com/visitor

On-line Media
You are very welcome to make use of your own on-line media sites and pages to support and project the show. We can also send you a selection of small icons and social media optimized images to assist.

Please like and share our social media pages links to which can be found at the bottom of our emails.
If you wish to work with us on specific show marketing projects, please get in touch, we are happy to help!

Email Footers Just copy and paste your choice of the footers below:
Spring Shows
Version A – with logo

The BIG Trade Shows Spring 2024
See more than 60 of your key suppliers including us!
March 6 Argyll Suite, Crowne Plaza Glasgow G3 8QT
March 20 Redwood Suite, Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport D09 KN66
April 18 Lindbergh Suite, Marriott London HeathrowUB3 5AN
April 24 Manchester Suite, Manchester United FC M16 0RA 

Click, tap or swipe REGISTER NOW

Version B – text and link only
The BIG Trade Shows Spring 2024
See more than 60 of your key suppliers including us!
March 6 Argyll Suite, Crowne Plaza Glasgow G3 8QT
March 20 Redwood Suite, Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport D09 KN66
April 18 Lindbergh Suite, Marriott London HeathrowUB3 5AN
April 24  Manchester Suite, Manchester United FC M16 0RA
Click, tap or swipe REGISTER NOW

Autumn Shows

Version A – with logo

The BIG Trade Shows Autumn 2024
See more than 60 of your key suppliers including us!

Sept 27 The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0PX
Oct 16 International Suite, Sheraton Skyline, London Heathrow UB3 5BP

Click, tap or swipe REGISTER NOW

Version B – text and link only

The BIG Trade Shows Autumn 2024
See more than 60 of your key suppliers including us!
Sept 27 The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0PX
Oct 16 International Suite, Sheraton Skyline, London Heathrow UB3 5BP

Click, tap or swipe REGISTER NOW


As you know these shows are being run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of us all. Please help by paying your invoices promptly! Any amounts outstanding 5 days prior a show will preclude you from exhibiting.

It is a requirement of exhibiting that each company maintains their own public liability insurance to a minimum value of £5 million. Proof of insurance may be requested by our venues.

Deliveries and Trolleys on Show Floor
For safety reasons and out of respect to the visitors, no heavy deliveries will be allowed into
the show during the open period. No trolleys or sack barrows of any kind will be allowed into the exhibition during the open period.

Deliveries to the Show and Collections
If you are using deliveries by courier or carrier, please ensure you label all packages clearly with your company details. Packages delivered prior to the event should be addressed as below and delivered within 48 hours of the show date or may be refused. Some venues have limited storage, others are vast, and packages can be easily mislaid if not labelled correctly. The BPTS and our venues cannot be held responsible for any lost packages.

For example:

My name
My Company Name
The BIG Show
6 March 2024
The Arygll Suite
Glasgow Crown Plaza Hotel
Congress Road
G3 8QT
United Kingdom

Collections by transport companies or courier need to be during the breakdown period only or by prior arrangement the following day. No collections will be allowed during the show and any collections arranged after the end of our tenancy will be at own risk.

Visitor List – GDPR
Each exhibiting company will be emailed the names and addresses of delegates post-show
once data protection opt outs have been removed. To comply with Data Protection Law this
list will not include email addresses or other personalised data as no direct permission has been gained for third party use.

Allergen Advice – Important Information for All Exhibitors
EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation 1169/2011 came into force on 13 December 2014.

This legislation brought in a mandatory requirement for businesses to provide
accurate allergy information for unpackaged (loose) food. This information must be readily available and provided in the form of a sign or label directly next to the loose product. It will not be sufficient for exhibitors to simply declare they do not know whether a food contains any of the 14 allergens listed under the regulation.

This will include any samples of food, catered products such as cakes, biscuits, mints /sweets / crisps / nuts and other items given out or passed to others from exhibition stands.

In dealing with enquiries from customers regarding the content of food that may be related to allergies, as some food allergies e.g. nuts, can be life threatening, it is therefore very important and a legal requirement that accurate information is given.

Smoking and e-cigarettes
Smoking, including that of electronic cigarettes & vapes, is only permitted in designated smoking areas at all venues.

Health and Safety
All exhibitors must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and any regulations
made thereunder. The BIG Promotional Trade Show in cooperation with their contracted venues is committed to operating the show in compliance with all the relevant legislation and guidelines covering Health and Safety at Work and it is a requirement that all exhibitors, contractors and visitors comply with the law and the regulations of the venue at all times. Copies of the legislation can be downloaded from www.hse.gov.uk

The BIG Promotional Trade Show Limited takes the issue of Health & Safety very seriously and anyone infringing any relevant legislation and/or any venue regulations will be asked to desist forthwith and for serious and continuing breaches may be banned from the premises.

The health & safety manager for the show is Nigel Bailey, The BIG Promotional Trade Show Limited.

Help and Enquiries
If you need any further help or information, please contact us at any time, we are here to help!

All enquires:  The BIG Promotional Trade Show
T. 0333 77 22 312  E. enquiries@thebpts.co.uk

The information herewith has been prepared to assist exhibitors. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the details are correct at the time of writing, no liability will be accepted in respect of any inaccuracies or omissions in the information contained herein. E&OE.