11-13 September 2018   NEC Birmingham

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Visitor FAQs

What is RWM?

What is RWM?

RWM is the leading community for the Waste, Energy, Recycling and Water sectors to network, learn and trade. With over 500 exhibitors and 11,000 visitors from the UK and international our reach covers retail, leisure, construction and demolition, manufacturing, and government organisations to name a few, RWM is the only place these markets can truly collaborate for building a more resource efficient future.

What is a trade show?

At a tradeshow exhibitors offer their products at wholesale cost to industry visitors. This means that products are sold in bulk and at a lower price than the RRP. Visitors are then able to sell those products in their stores or buy them in order to employ them across their own stores/businesses.
In the case of RWM exhibitors, it is the coming together of four leading industry events – The energy event, The renewable Event, The water event and Renewable waste management event. The intention is to enable a community towards a resource efficient future by connecting the key factors; people, businesses and organisations

Why go to a trade show?

A tradeshow offers exhibitors the opportunity to display their products to a large audience over a short period of time, to take wholesale orders at the show, and to build industry contacts and leads for future sales.
A tradeshow offers visitors the opportunity to meet their existing suppliers, discover new exhibitors and products and to place orders at the show or at a later date


What Can I expect to see at the show?

Wholesale Trading?

At RWM there will be over 500 exhibitor stands located through the NEC’s  halls, they will be grouped together in their appropriate sectors.
Each business owns a stand and will use this to displays their products as they choose.
Our visitors enter the arenas and walk around to trade and do business with exhibitors whose products they like.

Keynote Speeches, Seminars & one-to-one business advice. 

Visitors can attend seminars from successful names in the industry and there will be opportunities advertised to receive some one-to-one business advice from these industry leaders. All seminars are free of charge and based on a first come first serve basis. 
The only exception may be if we are running specific workshops, as these spaces are limited. 
Once those wishing to attend have registered for the exhibition they will also be required to book a slot, via the show website, for their workshop of choice

Visitors and Registration

Who can attend?

The RWM is a trade fair, therefore it is not open to members of the general public. The show is specific to traders.

You must be aged 18 years or over. (Please note that staff reserve the right to revoke or refuse entry to the event based on failure to meet age restrictions or provide appropriate I.D/proof of industry)

You are eligible to attend if you are 18+ and have buying and purchasing responsibilities or control spend. You will also qualify for entry if you are planning to open a business (in the next 12 months).

How can I Register for the show?

You can register for your free ticket by filling in this online registration form.

If you are Press, please complete the 'Press Pass form' instead, this can be accessed here

I am a Student, am I able to attend the show?

Students of Undergraduate level and above (individuals and groups over the age of 18 years) on relevant courses of study are welcome to attend the show, but will not be permitted to trade.

Students will be asked to show an NUS Identity card or equivalent student identity as well as photographic I.D displaying DOB. 

Please register via the normal registration process, ensuring to select yourself as a student.

Can I bring children to the show?

Unfortunately due to the nature of the event, persons under the age of 18 years will not be permitted to attend the event. Apologies for any inconvenience experienced. 

Is the show free to attend?

Entry is free to all trade visitors (or those looking to open a new business in the next 12 months) who  register in advance. Entry on the day without pre-registration or a badge is £30.00.


When will I receive my entry badge?

Post: If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your entry badge will arrive within the two week run up the show open. However, if you do not receive your entry badge by post you can still print a copy as it is attached in your confirmation email (this will have been received on completion of registration to attend the show).

Email: If you opted to go green you can print your e-badge at the end of registration, or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your ticket, don’t worry – just show us your confirmation email at the registration desk on arrival to the show.

Can I edit my registration details?

If you wish to edit your registration details, please go to your confirmation email where there is an option to 'edit details'. 

NB: The option of having your entry badge posted cannot be changed in the 2 week run up to the show open days, as badges will have already been posted.

Is my show registration date specific?

Registration for the show is non-date specific. Once you have registered and have printed your ticket you are able to attend the show on any of the show open days and as many times as you wish.

Where does my visitor ticket allow me access to?

Your ticket allows you access to the whole show unless stated otherwise. For example, if your badge states ‘Press’ you will have access to the show Press Lounge.

What if I have forgotten my ticket when I arrive at the show?

Please go to the Registration desks and they will print your ticket for you. Please have a form of ID with you as you may be asked for proof of company name as the show is only open to trade visitors. ID for this purpose can be in the form of a business card.


What does the show take place?

Halls  4 & 5
NEC Birmingham
B40 1N

What date/time does the show open?

12th – 14th September 2017

Tues 12th Sept - 9:30 - 17:30
Wed  13th Sept - 9:30 - 17:30
Thurs 14th Sept - 9:30 - 16:00

How do I get there?

To find out more about how to get to RWM, please see our dedicated travel page.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in the NEC car parks, with regular shuttle buses to take you from these car parks to the halls. The NEC does charge for parking, this can be done on the day or alternatively you are welcome to pre-book parking, please click here to book via the NEC venue's website

Where can I stay?

To find out more about where to stay during your visit to RMW, please see our dedicated Accommodation page here.

Is there WIFI at the venue?

Yes, free WIFI is available throughout all the Show Halls at the NEC Birmingham. To connect, select ‘NEC Free Wifi’, and fill in the information form on your browser page.

Is there a cloakroom?

Yes, there are cloakrooms available in the main piazza at all show all entrances. Prices start at £1.00 per item. Items are left at your own risk. Large cases accepted within reason

Is there an ATM?

Full banking facilities are available at the Natwest Bank located in the Piazza outside Hall 4. ATMs are located adjacent to Hall 1

Are there disable facilities at venue?

Yes. Find out more details about disabled access and facilities at the NEC

At the event

How do I find my way around the show once I have arrived?

On arrival to the show, show guides with floor plans will be available to collect at the entrance.

We will aim to have an event floor plan available via the show website, near to the time of show open (this is done at the brand manager’s discretion).

How many exhibitors can I expect to see?

The number of exhibitors you can see in a day depends entirely on your show objectives. For example, you may see only 4 exhibitors in a day and spend at least an hour on each stand speaking with the business owners and placing an order for your retail store. On the other hand, if you are attending to browse product and be inspired you may spend less time at each stand and cover dozens of exhibitors in a day.

Are Seminars free to attend?

Yes, seminars are free to attend.

NB: Please note that as well as seminars, there will be workshops running. Some workshops will require additional registration/booking due to limited spaces being available. These workshops will be advertised as requiring additional registration on the show website.

Are Seminars Ticketed?

No, our seminars are run on a first come, first served basis.

All we advise is that visitors arrive at the seminars in plenty of time to avoid any disappointment

International Information

Do I need a visa? 

Not sure if you need a visa to visit the UK? To take a look at the UK Visas and Immigration (formerly the UK Border Agency) website,  please click here.

I require an invitation letter to assist with my visa application. How do I apply?

Unfortunately we cannot issue personal/individual letters of invitation for visa purposes, as we are not permitted to do so. Once you have registered via the show website you will receive a confirmation email which may be sufficient for visa application.

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Tuesday, 11th September           09:30 - 17:30

Wednesday, 12th September     09:30 - 17:30

Thursday, 13th September         09:30 -  16:00