When looking for an exhibition stand an important question is whether you want to hire or buy your stand. There are obvious advantages of hiring your stand, which make this option the most popular amongst the majority of Quadrant2Design’s customers, but there are also significant benefits to buying an exhibition stand.

Below we discuss the pros and cons of this strategy so you can decide if its right for you and your business.


The advantages of buying an exhibition stand

  • Flexibility – owning your own stand will allow you the flexibility to exhibit at different events at short notice.
  • Freedom – you have the ultimate freedom to exhibit any place, any time or anywhere, without the involvement of exhibition stand contractors.  Try new shows with little risk as you already own the stand.
  • Cost – of course, if you own your exhibition stand and self-build, you are not using an exhibition stand contractor, and your costs can be dramatically reduced over an exhibiting programme.
  • Lower cost per event – buying your exhibition stand makes far more sense if you exhibit at a lot of shows and events, and you’re comfortable with self-managing and self-building your stands.
  • Easy to update – for a fresh look, simply change the graphics, there is no need to buy a new stand.

Quadrant2Design’s purchase customers receive face-to-face training on safe and effective exhibition stand installation, plus free ongoing access to our helpful training videos.


The disadvantages of buying your exhibition stand include

  • You’re invested in one exhibition stand solution, which may restrict your ability to use other (maybe more suitable) solutions.
  • The costs of updating your stand can quickly mount up.
  • You have money tied up in exhibition hardware, that could be better spent elsewhere.
  • You need to find space at your premises to store your exhibition stand and graphics.
  • You will need to self-manage your exhibition stand projects and deal with the organiser’s and venue’s administration.  Everything from arranging electrics to sorting out the flooring and lighting will be down to you.
  • You may consider the amount of time, energy and space required to self-manage your stands is not a good return on investment.

Still not sure if buying an exhibition stand is right for you and your business? For more information contact our team on 01202 723 500 or email design@quadrant2design.com.