Ricoh Arena signs up 18 new exhibitions
The Ricoh Arena has signed up 18 new exhibitions as the venue looks to break its own events record.
The multi-purpose events venue in Coventry has been successful in securing a large number of exhibitions for the first time covering a wide range of industry sectors.
New exhibitions for 2017 include the Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Exhibition, the automotive tradeshow Mechanex and Surfex.
The news comes as the events venue - which has 7,500 square metres of conference and exhibition space - prepares to beat the record 777 events it held in 2015/16.
Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, said: â€œWe've secured a fantastic variety of exhibitions that are either in their infancy or are big, well established shows.
â€œThat's really important for us because it shows our venue can act as an incubator for events to grow, but equally, we compete for and deliver on large scale events too.
â€œOur sales and events teams overcame strong competition from other venues to host some of these exhibitions and have done a fantastic job in securing them. We are averaging 58 exhibitions a year, which is excellent news for us and for the regional economy.
â€œThe investment we have made to our facilities has also started to pay off. We recently created a link between our exhibition hall and hall three to provide an extra 1,500 square metres of exhibition space which has helped to attract larger events.
â€œOur location is perfect for event organisers, with 75% of the UK's population within a two hour drive and when you add our refurbished facilities including the restaurants, bars and onsite DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, we have a really strong proposition.
â€œWe're excited for the year ahead, and are expecting to announce further shows over the coming months.â€'
For more information on upcoming events and exhibitions at the Ricoh Arena visit www.ricoharena.com