Last reviewed 7 March 2014

Just five years after it had to be cancelled because of the impact of the recession, the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Show and Workshop is nearly fully booked — and there are still eight weeks to go till it opens. It will take place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 29 April to 1 May, and is expected to attract over 18,000 "high quality visitors with serious buying power".

The CV Show is the most comprehensive road freight transport event staged in Britain, catering, according to the organisers, for every operator’s requirements from trucks, vans and all types of trailers through to handling equipment, insurers, tyre, telemetry and training providers, fuels and lubricant suppliers. "To ensure the industry’s wheels keep turning at maximum efficiency, the Workshop sector alone features 100+ stands showcasing everything from OE components and replacement parts to garage and workshop equipment," the website claims.

The Show is owned by a group comprising the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).

RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning, said that, as of the end of February, total exhibitor space amounted to 31,347m2, an increase of 2251m2 over the 2013 Show. "We have always said that the success of the UK’s road transport and logistics industry is an accurate indicator as to the health of the rest of the economy," he continued. "On that basis, there can be no doubt that the economy is finally well on the road to recovery."

See the CV Show website for full details, including how to access free tickets.