“THE BEST FIRST SHOW”
The first Hemp & CBD Expo took place this month on March 2nd & 3rd and the organiser team are back in office after putting on what some have described as the “best first show” they’ve ever been to! We’ve resisted the urge to sit around patting ourselves on the back and resting on our laurels, instead, the organiser team are getting straight back to work thriving on the pressure of expectation to deliver an even better show this September!
With nearly five and a half thousand visitors in attendance, incredibly well received speakers’ seminars, glowing reviews from both visitors and exhibitors, and being featured within the national press to boot… we’ve had an amazing weekend and could not be happier with our efforts to put on an industry leading event first time out.
When walking around the show it was great to see the array of products on display from exhibitors large and small, with a balance of seasoned veterans in Dinafem, Pura Vida, and CBDfx to the new launches of CBD products to market from Wellacy, Dinner Lady and Cannazill, not to mention innovation and machinery from companies such as Medgro, BHO hardware and Urban Extracts, and of course Platinum sponsors GenCanna and Gold Sponsors Bluhen Botanicals providing assistance and advice on agricultural processes and raw materials solutions- there truly was something for everyone to enjoy.
Finally, we want to show our appreciation for the speakers that gave their time and expertise to join us at the NEC for the Expo; both educating and entertaining. It was remarkable to have so many informed and attention-grabbing speakers in a single hall, all of which had their own stories and expertise to share with the audience. The seminar area (based in the middle of our show) turned out to be massively successful and one of our proudest accomplishments, witnessing hundreds of visitors desperate for knowledge and information on what makes our industry so great, and where we need to aim for to continually make strides for hemp and cbd in this country.
Every single speaker was passionate, articulate, and gave highly valuable talks covering the whole spectrum of the industry, we’d like to highlight a few but will leave it to the public to decide their favourites as we will have the full seminars hosted on our website shortly, for anyone who could not attend on the day.
The Hemp & CBD Awards also turned out to be a successful yet trying process for our commited judges. Our Judges, Rick Trojan (Hemp Road Trip), Morris Beegle (NOCO, Let’s Talk Hemp), Callie Blackwell (The Boy in 7 Billion), and Nick (DNA Supplies) worked hard to sample and rate all of the products throughout Saturday coming to their final decisions just in time for our exhibitor only awards ceremony.Their combined knowledge, experience, and passion for this industry made for a great team albeit an unruly one with James our Awards coordinator leaving the weekend with a few new grey hairs. The ceremony was a very laid back casual affair with award winners being announced from our seminar stage at the end of Day 1, over a few beers and canapes.
We’d again like to thank our man James, our hardworking judges, all those who entered and won an award and a Rozay Picot for providing each Award winner with their new terpenes infused champagne.
Award winners to note: Newly launched at the Expo – Green Stem stole the show and blew everybody away by placing 1st in 5 out of 11 total categories. Our judges decided Green Stem’s oil, stand, packaging, cosmetics, and inhalable cbd was the best on offer. Well done to Brett Horth and their team for really doing their homework before launching in this market.
Best Innovation was a very close call between the overwhelmingly popular Coffee Boss (CBD Coffee Machine), Wellacy’s new to market Edibles 3D Printing machine, and the Rosin extraction machine from Urban Extracts and with such an important category for our overall goal to move forwards in this industry we’re very pleased we were able to host these companies and products at our show.
Finally an award to note and special congratulations we feel is needed went to Lee Mallett and his small team for B-S-B Genetics (also exhibiting with Blimburn Seeds) for winning Best Seeds Bank. We had the pleasure of meeting Lee before the show and visited his local shop ‘Birmingham Seeds Bank’ in Longbridge, Birmingham to drop off copies of our Hemp & CBD Mag. Lee had never exhibited at a show before and was nervous as to how the weekend would go. With lots of hard work, planning, and help from his family, close knit team and friends Lee managed to take top spot for Best Seeds Bank and we couldn’t be happier for him and his team – A true success story that any smaller exhibitors can aspire to for future events.
Wrapping up our inaugural March Hemp & CBD Expo we couldn’t be happier with the amount of positivity that oozed out of Hall 18 following the show, and we are excited about the amount of enthusiasm already mounting for our upcoming show taking place in Hall 17 on September 14th and 15th.
Following our first success, the second Hemp & CBD Expo will be bigger and better; with many of our exhibitors already committed to rebooking and expanding for the September edition and lots of interest from those who couldn’t make our show who are chomping at the bit to be involved in the second show.
Our projected numbers for September will be 8,000 visitors to an expanded floorspace of 7,200sqm, with room for 160+ exhibitors. Based on the success of the seminar stage we will be adding a second ‘Business Pro seminar stage’ with the intention of increasing speakers slots and allowing for longer more in depth seminars for those who would like more of a detailed education over the weekend.
Our Awards ceremony will also feature an upgrade with a concourse suite booked for the Saturday 14th evening, with dinner and tickets able to be purchased by exhibitors and VIP B2B guests.
We’re already working hard to ensure that the next show not only matches our first, but exceeds and improves in every area – Finding a balance between what we did well and hope to keep, and what we can expand on for the future. Join us on our journey and subscribe to our social media and newsletters to stay updated on our plans!
-Hemp & CBD Expo Team
Visitors took to our Hemp & CBD Expo facebook page to share their experience of the event.
“ The Mama’s here Conscious Mama are working through our information gathered at the Hempandcbdexpo this Weekend and would like to say a massive well done and thankyou to all those involved in this fantastic event! Such high quality exhibitors and well organised event! This event is absolutely going to aid us to step up to the next developmental stage of our business! Big thumbs up from us! “ – Conscious Mama
“ Well organised, very well run for a first expo, each company had so much info on their own products but were happy to share cbd information in general, a lot of faces from the vaping scene too which was nice, must shout out @urbanextracts , @sunstatehemp and to @tomprendergast for having myself BcB reviews and kingsgenetics_cbd and to all rgw @hempandcbdexpo staff / security all helpful and polite !!! “ – Wez Smith
“ Well worth the travel to meet up with suppliers some valued for years and some new…well organized…and the first in the uk…..the feedback on my shop was appreciated…..roll on sept. “ – Awol Vapingmachine
“ Very well run show. Massive potential for years to come. These guys are going to smash this next time, everyone needs to be involved.” – Steve from Faces
“ Hempandcbdexpo was a great success! Pleasure being there and meet all the great people in the industry. Thank to you all guys! Let’s take the nutrients happening in the UK to the next level! “ – Wahe Orange Holland
“ Fantastic weekend networking and reconnecting with old friends at the Hemp & CBD Show. Really can’t wait until the second one in September. “ – Sam Bowery
“ Such a special day at the Explore Hemp – Hemp & CBD Expo yesterday so many solutions in one place. We enjoyed filming and interviewing experts, Drs, farmers, businesses, legends and activists for Greenqueenmachine and Positivetv.tv.
Amazing talks, contributors from around the world, unveiling and affirming the importance of cannabis, medical marijuana and hemp for the health of humanity and the environment. “+
– Dana Amma Day
“ Back from the Hemp and CBD Expo Birmingham.
We spent 2 very interesting days and had even more interesting talks and meetings.
Congratulations to the organizer for a brilliant and very professional first Hemp and CBD show in the U.K. Really great job guys – hats off. Many thanks for the very friendly and collegial welcome and hospitality. “ – Ira Simeonidis
“ I was honoured to be invited to talk at the first UK hemp and CBD expo at the NEC Birmingham.
Thanks to Jannette Jj Clements I have a video of my talk in case you missed it xxx
Huge thanks to Hempandcbdexpo for an amazing event – you guys did an amazing job!
Thanks so much to everyone for the support and love I have felt over the last two days.
I’ve met some incredible people and feel so blessed to have met some others who have done more for me than they will ever know xxx “ – Callie Blackwell
“The weekend was one of the best organised and informative events I have attended as a Drug Expert Witness. With the wealth of knowledge present I have gained more clarity in Hemp and CBD than in my entire policing career. Highly recommended for anyone seeking professional development or personal insights into Hemp and CBD”
– PC 21870 G Carroll