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Should you buy or hire an exhibition stand?

Whether you should hire or buy your exhibition stand is the burning question. As with any option, dependant on your business type and need there are various pros and cons.

Do you have a budget? Can you transport the stand? Is it possible to assemble? And these are just a few of the questions you’ll need to answer in order to pick the right solution.

If you’re not sure of the differences and how they may impact your event, read on for more information.


Hiring an exhibition stand generally comes with additional services such as, planning and design services along with installation options. The full service tends to be a bespoke tailored service, which takes some of the pressure away from you and into the hands of the supplier.

The design stage caters to the more precise requirements of a bespoke display. Therefore, enabling a one of a kind design made for each customer.

Installation on the day before or the day of the event, can be stressful as it needs to be fixed correctly. Selecting a hire stand ensures you have access to professional fitters which leaves minimal chance of errors. Leaving more time to prepare the team for the following day and to enjoy the full exhibition experience.

Other factors such as storage and transportability are taken into consideration. Not all companies can store a large stand throughout the year, so the hireable solution can be disassembled after the event and taken away without a second thought.

Hiring a stand is usually tailored to the larger stand spaces who want something a bit different. The chances of this being transportable (unless you have a large vehicle) is slim.

It all comes down to letting the provider take a piece of the responsibility away, lending a professional and capable hand to see you through your event with success.


By purchasing a display, you’ll own the stand, and will be able to use the same stand again and again. Pop up stands and modular displays are easily accessible and have become a popular choice within the exhibition hall.

The stands which are available for purchasing are ordinarily easy to assemble and fairly easy to transport. The ability to assemble within a reasonable time frame is a positive. As an exhibitor you wouldn’t want to spend more time than necessary assembling the display stand.

If you’re a do it yourself type of person, then purchasing isn’t going to be a problem. You’ll be in full control of assembly, transporting and design – which isn’t a bad thing if your ready for the challenge.

One of the main attractions is that once you’ve purchased the display it’s yours to use as you see fit. It can be used by anyone, at any time and will only cost you the once. If your budget is tight, you’ll be able to put an investment into the one stand that will follow you around to all types of events.