A leading Midlands exhibition and conference centre has secured a five-year deal to become the home of the UK’s largest cannabis, hemp and CBD trade expo.
NAEC (National Agricultural & Exhibition Centre) Stoneleigh, in Warwickshire, hosted Product Earth for the first time this summer and the success of the three-day event has led to the two signing up to a long-term partnership.
The NAEC already hosts around 250 events a year including prestigious events such as The Horse of The Year Show, The British Show Jumping National Championships and prominent agricultural technical events such as the British Pig & Poultry show and Grassland & Muck.
This new partnership with Product Earth, which is in its fourth year and is, by some distance, the UK’s longest-running such expo, puts the NAEC firmly on the map at the centre of the rapidly-growing cannabis and hemp industry.
Visitors to the 2019 Product Earth could sample and buy products from more than 130 businesses in the cannabis, hemp and CBD industries.
Education about cannabis and hemp are fundamental to the Product Earth experience and there were talks, panels and seminars from innovators and pioneers on various aspects of hemp and cannabis.
Product Earth is held over multiple days, with various camping options for those who want to make the most of the experience, and the NAEC estate provided a stunning backdrop for the weekend event.
Product Earth founder James Walton said: “NAEC Stoneleigh and Product Earth really are the perfect match. The NAEC sits at the heart of the UK’s agricultural life and is located in the centre of the country. With its unique combination of immense exhibition space and countryside setting, we had no hesitation about committing to a long-term partnership with Stoneleigh.
“It is a forward-thinking, ambitious venue and the ideal location to host an exciting, innovative show such as Product Earth.”
Chris Hartley, managing director of NAEC Stoneleigh, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled about working with Product Earth for the next five years.
“The show was a massive success and reflects the ever-increasing interest in CBD, hemp and cannabis.
“This is a big show, with even bigger ideas for the future, and we were delighted that they made great use of our large indoor halls and our immense outdoor space.”