ISBA Annual Conference Date: 12 and 13 May 2020 Venue: The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham

Applying for a Stand



The process for applying for an exhibition stand is as follows: 

Step One

Thursday 24 October - full information, including floor plans and costs is available on the ISBA website.  Click here  for further information.

An email will be sent to all companies on the ISBA mailing list and this will contain a personalised URL link to enable companies to access the on-line stand application facility.  If you have not received this email or are not on our mailing list and wish to receive the link to apply please call the ISBA office on 01256 373111. 

Applications are grouped into eight categories and during the application process companies will be asked to indicate which category most closely matches their business purposes. The categories for 2020 are: 

Banking & Finance   

Legal & Insurance

Accountants and Accounting Services



Building Societies

Finance and Investment Services/Consultants

Payment Systems


School Fees Payment Companies

Health & Safety Advisors

Health Insurance Services

HR Advisors

Insurance Services

Law Firms

Legal Advisors



Catering Services



Catering Advisors/Consultants

Catering Equipment

Catering Suppliers 

Restaurant Design




Gym and Sports Equipment 

Grounds Maintenance Equipment

Playground Equipment  

Sports Buildings - gyms etc

Sports Management

Sports Pitches

Sports Wear

Swimming Pools

Construction & Building Services

Property - Professional Advisers

Building Consultants

Construction Companies

Environmental Services - eg water

and waste management


Furniture Suppliers

Internal Fixtures & Fittings

Music & Performance Equipment

Planned Property Maintenance


Showers and Bathrooms


Temporary Buildings

Utility Services

Acoustic Consultants


Energy Suppliers/Consultants

Project Managers

Property Consultants

Property Management

Quantity Surveyors

Rates Advisors

Town Planning advisors





IT and Office Services

Miscellaneous Services

Accounting Packages

Computer Hardware

Computer Licences

Computer Software

Management Information Systems

Office Supplies



Support Services

Telecommunications - text, radio, web

Web/Graphic design

Books and Publishing

Business Consultants

Cleaning Services

Clothing and Uniforms

Cost Reduction Analysts

Education Advisors




Recruitment Consultants

Soft Furnishings


When applying for a stand companies are asked to complete a 50-word company profile and 150 word statement outlining the reasons for applying. 

Step Two

CLOSING DATE - Friday 15 November 2019 you must have submitted your completed on-line application by 5.00 pm.  All applications are processed on-line. 

Step Three

We hold a selection meeting to decide who will be invited to exhibit at the Conference.  Allocation of stands at the Conference is at our discretion.  

When selecting exhibitors and allocating stands, the following will be considered:

  • The involvement and support of potential exhibitors in the education sector and, in particular, with the ISBA and its member schools.
  • The number of times a firm has applied to attend, and actually attended, previous Conference exhibitions.
  • The product or range of services being offered to members.
  • The need for balance across the eight categories of exhibitor.
  • The introduction of a proportion of first time exhibitors.
  • The location of the Conference so that local firms may be included.
  • The relevance of topical issues at the time of conference or the launch of new products or offers to members. 

Step Four

From Wednesday 27 November 2019 successful companies will be notified.  Stands are allocated and the first deposit invoices will be sent. Payment required by 20 December 2019.

Final invoices for the balance of Exhibitor Fees will be sent at the beginning of January 2020 and will be payable by Wednesday 31 January 2020. 

Late payment may result in loss of the stand allocation, forfeit of the deposit and interest becoming payable on the sums due. Please see the ISBA Terms and Conditions for Exhibitors for full details of the terms applying to exhibiting at the Conference. 

Click here to download an Exhibition Information Pack 

Click on the images below to download relevant documents

2020 Stand Costs Image                  2020 Floorplan Image

 Stand Costs                               Draft Floorplan


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