Naidex 2017 – Visiting the Show
Naidex attracts over 12,000 like-minded, forward-thinking visitors from all over the world and is the only event which brings traders, consumers, and health professionals to one venue to find the most comprehensive supply of opportunities, cutting edge products, services, and education specifically designed for the population with a disability or impairment.
Attendance is essential for anyone working in the independent living industry, caring for or living with someone who is disabled, or is indeed disabled themselves.
The event is at the forefront of innovation and as the industry continues to evolve, accessing the latest tools, technology, and opportunities has never been more important… or easier.
Taking place in HALL 6 at the NEC, Birmingham. The show is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th, and from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 30th March 2017.
HOW TO GET THERE
The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel – 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network. In fact, 75% of the UK can get to the NEC within a 3 hour drive.
Postcode: B40 1NT
With 16,500 spaces available we’ve got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by our traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. A parking fee of £12 per day applies, unless you are a Blue Badge holder. This is payable by cash or card.
Blue badge holders are not charged for parking. There are no allocated parking bays – please use Hall 16, then overflow to Hall 17 which is located by Atrium 4. Blue badge holders must display their badges in their car windows. Please note that The Piazza and Atrium main entrances have automatic doors and there will be additional user-friendly disabled services available.
The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside!
The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and is clearly signposted.
Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit National Rail or Network West Midlands
By Bus & Coach
Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link. Regular local buses depart from Birmingham City Centre. The 900 service runs every 15 mins during the day taking approximately 30 mins. The 97 service operates every 30 mins, 24hrs a day taking approximately 45 mins.
Local bus services also run every 30 mins throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900).
ComCab black cabs are available at clearly marked ranks outside the NEC’s main entrances. They’re an easy and convenient way to get to your hotel and the city’s attractions around the NEC. And as one of our appointed suppliers, ComCab are committed to providing a reliable, good value service to enhance your NEC experience.
You can book ComCab taxis by phone on 0121 226 6666, or pick one up outside the NEC main entrance if available. Services are available by phone 24/7.
ComCab accept all major Credit Cards, subject to a minimum payment of £5 and a 10%+VAT processing fee.
Mobility Equipment Hire at the NEC
Wheelchairs are 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 are £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 9am – 5pm on 01353 653752.
Visitors can also book via Bartrams’ 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.
Please note: Mobility equipment hire is only available during show open times.
Disabled Facilities at the NEC
Accessible toilets are available across the venue. A Changing Places toilet is also available in the Hall 20 Atrium area. It provides more space for up to 2 carers – and extra features to meet additional needs, including height adjustable adult-sized changing benches and a hoist system. For more details visit Changing Places
More information and maps can be found on the NEC website: www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/getting-here