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There are many reasons why you should choose exhibition stand hire over buying outright. A reusable exhibition stand might be a great alternative to purchasing a stand for your purposes. The main benefit is that you don’t have to commit to purchasing an expensive stand if you are not sure how often you might exhibit. It also eliminates the need to store a stand in between events and transport costs.

Hiring an exhibition stand is also more sustainable and will keep your company’s carbon footprint at a minimum in an industry that is not traditionally environmentally friendly.

If you are a first-time exhibitor, the terminology concerning different types of exhibition stand can be confusing. The most popular stand to hire is a modular exhibition stand, which is made up of interchangeable sections comprising a bespoke frame (usually made of aluminium) onto which printed graphics can be attached. These stands are designed for space-only exhibits as their frame allows for a more individual design as opposed to a shell scheme system where exhibitors are allocated a standard framework on which to display their graphics.

You will still benefit from the same design and installation service from an exhibition company as if you were buying a stand, but without the commitment. However, if you are planning to exhibit on a regular basis, it may be more cost effective to buy a stand. When considering whether to hire or buy a stand, you need to think carefully about the type of event you wish to attend, the location, your audience and how often you might exhibit in the future.

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The main reasons you might choose exhibition stand hire


1. You don’t plan to exhibit regularly

This might be a one-off product launch with no follow-up events yet in the diary

2. You are new to exhibiting

You wish to hire a stand to test the waters before committing to purchasing

3. You wish to test out new design features –

you might be looking to freshen up your stand and the way you use it – perhaps to include virtual meeting rooms or VR technology? If you hire an exhibition stand, you can effectively ‘road test’ your layout or see how a flexible modular system will work for you and your brand before committing to your own

4. You plan to exhibit in more than one location at a time

– hiring a modular stand for a one-off occasion will save time and money

5. You have successive events in a short space of time

choosing exhibition stand hire will eliminate the mad rush to reconfigure graphics and stand decoration between events reducing stress and time constraints so that you can concentrate on running the events themselves

6. You are based out of the UK

You might be planning to exhibit in the UK but are based abroad and wish to keep transportation costs at a minimum

7. You are based in the UK and planning to exhibit abroad

a reusable modular stand can be broken down easily to transport abroad

8. Sharing the cost

you might want to collaborate with internal brands or external brand partnerships and in this situation hiring a modular exhibition stand system would share the cost

9. Lack of storage space

More and more companies are now working remotely which means you might not have the space to store an exhibition stand in between events – choosing exhibition stand hire eliminates storage costs

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Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are considering exhibition stand hire. We can provide all the help and advice you might need. As with buying a stand, should you choose exhibition stand hire, we will give you the same service from initial design to transport, installation and breakdown after the event. As with our other stands, we will offer you the opportunity to see your stand mocked up before the big event.


David Hennessy

David Hennessy

David Hennessy is our Managing Director and co-founder of Motive Graphics, a sign, vehicle graphics and exhibition services business based in St Neots and supplying Cambridge, Peterborough and across the UK.

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what our customers say about us


Great service, from initial contact right through to install of graphics on the van,
Would 100% recommend they guys and girls at Motive.

Matt Riley, Private Chef - Van Graphics


We had the pleasure of working with Motive Graphics for the re-design of our signage throughout our salon and outside. From start to finish they were on the ball, and efficient in their correspondence with us. Nothing was every too much trouble, no matter how many times we tweaked things. Edward was so helpful throughout. We would 100% recommend Motive Graphics. The salon looks amazing, thank you!

Lash and Glo - Signage and Interior Graphics


We've been using Motive for all of our exhibition and display needs. I can't thank them enough for the projects they have delivered, they always go over and above to help us to achieve our goals. They cover everything from concept creation, to sourcing materials, delivery and build. Everything is always delivered to the highest standard, and there is never a problem that can't be solved! A massive THANK YOU.

Essential Cuisine - Exhibition Stand and Events Solution

From a small pizza chain called The pizza room, Dave and his team were extremely and utterly professional and helpful from the day of purchase to receiving the stickers. Seriously couldn't recommend Motive Graphics any more. We will definitely be using them for future projects we have coming up 🙂

The Pizza Room London - Shop Signs


We’d like to say a massive thank you to the legends at Motive Graphics for design and creating a full range of signs in time for our official opening last weekend!   From a rough brief, they created and tweaked proofs to suit our (and the council’s) requirements, and had them made and ready for collection in no time. Thanks again for your help guys!

Paradigm Cycles - Signs and Interior Graphics


The guys have just left after putting up the external signs at the gym and an internal one on the front desk. I week from quote to install with no issues at all. Will 100% be using again on our next batch of internal signage.

Alpha Athletic Gym - Shop Signs


Ordering was easy, goods turned up on time, great quality stickers that have made a huge impact in getting people to comply with the new rules

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