Shell scheme exhibition stands and booths

Shell scheme stands which make a big impact

Won’t break your budget
The perfect transitional stand
Easy to store

What is a shell scheme exhibition stand?

Shell schemes are the most cost-effective of all exhibition stand systems.

They’re a uniform way in which exhibition organisers assign designated spaces for exhibitors. Typically, they’re advertised by the metre (3x3m or 3x4m are common sizes), so they’re compact – but still make a big impression! 

Constructed from aluminium poles with walls, they provide a blank canvas ready to bring your brand to life. You can either attach graphics directly to the walls or look at other systems (such as pop-up banners) to make the space your own.

Ready to make a big impact with a small budget? Let us show you how.

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What are the benefits of a shell scheme stand?

Don’t be put off by their small size – your imagination is the only limitation of a shell scheme space!

A shell scheme stand is a great way to exhibit if this is your first foray into large-scale events or if you’re a business that wants to exhibit in different zones of the same exhibition venue.

With the right approach, a shell scheme stand can be an incredibly flexible, visually effective, lead-generating investment – and you don’t have to break the bank.

You can easily store these graphics yourself, but if you’re tight on space, we can store your shell scheme stand. Or you could consider hiring stand elements to eliminate the storage headache.

Restricted on space but have big ideas? We’ll bring them to life!

At Motive, we’re not just exhibition stand builders

Get ready to breeze through your next exhibition with the Motive team at your side.

We’re far more than just a stand builder. Instead, we’re an extension of your marketing and events team.

You’ll be assigned a dedicated project manager to collaborate with from the initial design stage to the final installation. Every member of our team is familiar with our projects, so rest assured you’ll receive consistent and accurate information from everyone you speak to. And we treat all of our clients the same, regardless of their requirements and budget. 

For extra peace of mind, you’ll be invited to our workshop to see your exhibition stand before it’s installed at the venue, leaving you free to focus on those final bits of show prep.

We’re committed to building environmentally friendlier exhibition stands and reducing our overall carbon footprint as a business. We ensure that every aspect of our supply chain is as environmentally friendly as possible and uses sustainable, recyclable materials from verified sources. We also have a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy, so you’ll never find elements of your stand in a skip at the end of a show.

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Why should you choose a shell scheme exhibition stand?

A shell scheme stand is an ideal exhibition system for you if you’re:

  • A start-up or small business.
  • Exhibiting for the first time.
  • A business exhibiting in multiple zones at one event.
  • Working with a small budget.

  • Taking last minute exhibition space.
  • Not quite ready to commit to a space-only stand.
  • Short on storage space.
  • Looking to try out new branding ideas.

Why work with us

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“At Motive, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Having access to a multi-skilled in-house team was so important for us. They made sure that all the moving parts came together perfectly.”

Keystone Marketing / Renovations Underwriting

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What is a shell scheme stand?

A shell scheme refers to the exhibition stand space assigned to you when you book an exhibition stand. Typically, these are advertised by the metre (3x3m or 3x4m are common sizes) and are the most common form of exhibition stand. They are a uniform way in which exhibition organisers put together designated spaces for exhibitors. 

What are the pros and cons of a shell scheme booth?


  • A shell scheme booth is a great way to exhibit if you are making the ‘step up’ from pop-up graphics or if this is your first foray into a large-scale exhibition. The only limitation of this space is your imagination! 
  • You can easily store your graphics yourself, but if you’re tight on space (for a charge), we can store your shell scheme exhibition stand graphics for you.


  • Do it on a tiny budget, and you’ll disappear into a busy exhibition hall!
  • Your space is predetermined.
  • You cannot exceed the maximum height of 2.4m
  • Unless you book a corner plot, you will be mid-aisle with plenty of competition around you.
How can a shell scheme design stand out to visitors?

We’ll create a showstopping stand with amazing graphics to get you noticed. 

Here are some top tips that you can follow to help draw more visitors in:

  • Ask the question, “What extra value can we bring to visitors?”. For example, could you use a guest speaker to give free advice to your prospective customers?
  • Make it clear what your business offers.
  • Ensure you have good marketing and awareness before the exhibition.
  • Give existing customers a reason to visit if they’re at the event.
  • People attract people! Prospective customers will flock to an already busy stand – their curiosity will get the better of them.
  • Offer freebies: coffee, snacks, giveaways, games to play and competitions to enter.
What are the most effective ways to lay out my shell scheme stand?

Good planning and working with experts! 

The layout of your stand will depend on what you are showcasing and the space you have booked. So, working with specialists to design and build the space will bring new ideas, introduce you to different ways to tell your brand story, and take the guesswork out of exhibiting.

Don’t leave your stand to chance! Speak to one of our designers who can help you plan, manage and install it for you.

What do I do if I’ve already booked my shell scheme exhibition stands?

Write a good brief and share it with us! It’s never too early to get the process underway. A thorough brief will ensure the process is as stress-free as possible and that every decision is well-considered. 

Start preparing for your exhibition with a checklist. This will ensure your internal processes are seamless, and you can keep track of your project minute by minute. 

Motive Exhibitions, 3 Orion Court, Ambuscade Road, Colmworth Business Park, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, PE19 8YX

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