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Old July 30th, 2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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Birmingham NEC, NIA, ICC and Events Thread

Thought we should have a seperate thread for events news and attendance stats especially with the NEC picking up some sizeable events lately.

Will help let people know whats on in the city aswel
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Old July 30th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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LG ARENA, BIRMINGHAM RANKED AMONGST THE TOP TEN VENUES IN THE WORLD
Thursday, July 26, 2012

The NEC Group’s LG Arena has been ranked seventh in the list of top 100 arenas worldwide in Pollstar Magazine's 2012 mid-year rankings.

The list, compiled by the well-respected concert and venue industry publication, reflects tickets sold for music events from 1 January – 30 June, 2012.

Selling a total of 254,666 tickets this year so far, the LG Arena has moved up the chart to seventh place from tenth place in last year’s year-end ranking, reporting ticket sales from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

The National Indoor Arena (NIA), also part of the NEC Group and sister brand of the LG Arena, came 50th in the listing, moving up 24 places from last year’s scoring.

Combined, the attendance figure for both venues equals 381,058 – accumulatively placing the NEC Group’s Birmingham venues third in the listing.

Commenting on the results, General Manager for the LG Arena and NIA Guy Dunstan said:

“We are extremely proud of the fact that the LG Arena has retained its place as one of the top ten venues in the world for the second year running. We have had fantastic feedback from promoters, artists and customers and were nominated International Venue of the Year at last year’s Pollstar awards. I believe the £29 million refurbishment of the LG Arena in 2009 has really cementing its position as one of the leading venues in the world.

Guy went on to add: “We are also delighted that the NIA has moved up 24 places from being ranked 74th last year, to 50th in this year’s report. We have already had some massive names playing at the NIA this year, including One Direction, Nicki Minaj and Madonna, who came to the Midlands for the first time ever as part of her MDNA tour this summer.

“The improvement in the NIA’s ranking is particularly significant as music events only make up 30 per cent of the NIAs content. The NIA has hosted over 30 different sports in its 20 year history and more world championships than any other arena in Europe.

“The increase in music events at the venue is mainly down to its city centre location and the flexibility of the arena, which allows our teams to easily adapt to the requirements of any show. In the same week we have had Noel Gallagher playing to an audience of 13,500 fans one day, and the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships a few days later. The diversity in the programme of events hosted at the NIA is a real USP of the venue.

“With the £20.5 million refurbishment of the NIA set to start work in January 2013 and our recent partnership with Barclaycard, it is an exciting time for the region and music events at the NIA.”
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Latest wins for the NEC

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NEC SECURES NEW NATIONAL RETAIL SHOW
Monday, July 16, 2012
The UK’s only exhibition dedicated to serving the independent retailer is set to take place at the NEC in October 2012 from 28th to 29th.

Building on nine years of their very successful CTN World national trade exhibition, show owner, the NFRN (National Federation of Retail Newsagents) are to launch a completely new and much larger show called the Independent Retail Show (IRS) at the NEC this autumn.

CTN World was last held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. However to help build a show that is twice the size, the NFRN, the principal trade association for news and convenience retailers with a nationwide membership of 16,500, have taken the decision to hold their new event at the NEC.

2012 will see the organisers return to the NEC with this new look show after last running there in 2007, when it was co-located with the SubPostmaster Show.

With its central location, first class infrastructure and public transport links, the NEC is an easily accessible venue for NFRN members from all across the UK as well as those thousands based in the Midlands. Furthermore its excellent range of hotels, facilities, and amenities made it the number one choice for the organiser.

NFRN marketing director, Graeme Collins, said: “We are aiming to create a completely new exhibition which will be on a very much larger scale than CTN World and we have been encouraged by the very positive reaction of exhibitors to this exciting new concept. Although more broadly based than CTN World, the new exhibition will continue to be built around a core of exhibitors of specific interest to our membership of news and convenience retailers.”

“With support from other important retail led trade associations such as the NFSP (National Federation of SubPostmasters) and the Rural Shops Alliance, the Independent Retail Show marks an exciting and important development for the whole of our industry. It is only fitting that such an important new national show is held at an equally prestigious and well recognised venue – as far as the NFRN is concerned, there was only one choice and that was the NEC.”

Chris Hartley, Business Development Director at the NEC, says: “At the NEC we are committed to supporting non-traditional organisers so we are delighted to be hosting another event driven by an association.”

The IRS aims to attract suppliers and manufacturers from across a wide range of confectionery, news and tobacco products, such Mars, Daily Mail, Britvic and Imperial Tobacco as well as the show’s principal sponsor wholesale giant Booker, generating a corresponding visitor audience of newsagents, independent convenience retailers and post offices.

The new, larger show will also aim to attract new exhibitors from adjacent market sectors such as organic foodstuffs and health foods and supplements with the aim of increasing the number of visitors and broaden the base of the exhibition.

The launch of this new event will also greatly support the NFRN’s public affairs objectives and showcase it as leading the cause for all independent retailers who find themselves in a constant battle with supermarkets, multiples and online shopping.
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NEC SET TO MAKE A SPLASH WITH LAUNCH OF THE UK POOL & SPA EXPO
Monday, July 09, 2012

The Birmingham NEC is set to make a splash when it hosts the UK Pool & Spa Expo in January 2013, a brand new show which has been created to meet industry and customer demand for a national event, with the UK being Europe’s fourth largest market for swimming pools and spas.

The show, which is organised by New Events Ltd, will be open to both trade and the general public over the three day event allowing visitors exclusive access to the latest industry innovations and will feature exhibitors from suppliers of swimming pools, spas and other related services and accessories.

Set to attract more than 4,000 visitors over three days, the show will run from Thursday 24th – Friday 25th January 2013 for trade, and Saturday 26th January for consumers. Trade visitors are welcomed on the Saturday and will be qualified accordingly by registration staff, a clear badge format will be used to distinguish ‘trade’ from ‘consumer’.

Claire Saunders, Events Director, New Events Ltd, said, “We’ve enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the NEC, having worked with them on other shows, and found them to be a professional, supportive and responsive team, especially when it comes to launching new events like the UK Pool & Spa Expo. The NEC’s central location, in close proximity to the airport will attract international exhibitors so, for us, there was no other choice but the NEC to launch this new show.”

The event will showcase the elite from the industry, including a range of swimming pool, spa, water heating/cooling equipment, filter, cover, lighting and safety equipment manufacturers, as well as a variety of suppliers and distributors. The event is proving popular with exhibitors as the majority of spaces have already been filled.

Chris Hartley, Business Development Director, The NEC, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with New Events Ltd on the launch of the UK Pool & Spa Expo. The fact that the show will debut at The NEC, opening to both trade and consumer visitors, demonstrates our ability to host events that appeal to multiple audiences, under the same roof, and showcases our appeal as the venue of choice for smaller, launch events as well as larger, established shows.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the event next year and are excited about this event really meeting the needs of the swimming pool and spa industry.”
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Old July 30th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #5
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and one for the NIA announced today
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Slash to perform at Birmingham NIA in October
Jul 30 2012

World-renowned rockstar, Slash, is coming to the NIA in Birmingham on October 9 as part of his new UK tour.

The tour follows the worldwide success of Slash’s second solo album, Apocalyptic Love, that stormed the charts in May 2012.

Apocalyptic Love features Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, with Myles Kennedy providing vocals, Brent Fitz drums and Todd Kerns on bass. In the UK, the album was also released in an exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form – providing a unique collectable package containing the studio album with bonus tracks alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock magazine.

Apocalyptic Love follows his 2010 debut album Slash and his November2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am on Friday 3 August priced at £32.00 (plus booking and transaction fees). They are available from The Ticket Factory: www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000.

To find out more about the show, and for everything else that’s coming up at the NIA, visit www.thenia.co.uk.

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Two Door Cinema Club tour the UK in SeptemberDate Posted: 03/08/12

Northern Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club are off on a jaunt around the UK and Ireland later this year.

Fans should book Birmingham hotels for Tuesday, September 4th to catch the band at the HMV Library. They then play Manchester Sound Control on Wednesday, September 5th and London's Shepherds Bush Empire on Thursday, September 6th, before finishing at Dublin's Academy on Friday, September 7th.

The tour coincides with the band releasing their second studio album Beacons on Monday, September 3rd. It follows up Tourist History, which came out in 2010 and was recorded in the home studio of famed producer Jacknife Lee.

Ahead of the new record, the band released the single Sleep Alone for digital download on Saturday, July 21st, with a 7" version due out on the same day as the album.

Two Door Cinema Club will also be the second headliners on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals over the August bank holiday weekend, playing just under Justice.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 09:50 PM   #7
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NEC wins SOLEX exhibition from Telford International Centre
Chantelle Dietz, 03 August 2012, 11:50am


NEC wins SOLEX exhibition from Telford International Centre

Birmingham's NEC has secured a three-year contract with the Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA), for its Summer and Outdoor Living Exhibition (SOLEX).

The show, which has spent the past five years at the Telford International Centre, will move to the NEC in time for its next outing from 8-10 July.

It will make use of the outdoor space at NEC to showcase barbeque equipment – a popular feature amongst visitors.

Phil Gibbs, secretary of LOFA, said: "Whilst we’ve been really happy in Telford, we are committed to growing our exhibition and need additional capacity to accommodate expansion.

"The space and flexibility offered by the NEC, combined with its central location and great transport links are perfect for our needs and we look forward to growing the show with them over the next three years."

Chris Hartley, business development director at the NEC, added: "Having worked directly with LOFA for some time, we’re thrilled to be part its impressive growth aspirations by hosting SOLEX at the NEC over the next three years."
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:04 AM   #8
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Supersonic Festival - Custard Factory

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Supersonic Festival to be staged in Digbeth
by Justine Halifax, Birmingham Mail Aug 13 2012

DIGBETH’S Custard Factory will play host to the Supersonic Festival, one of the UK’s most distinctive and respected music festivals, from October 19 to 21.

Now in its tenth year artists performing include lichens, Dylan Carlson, Zeni Geva, JK Flesh, Carlton Melton and Tim Hecker. For more details visit www.supersonicfestival.com
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Another party conference for the city, can only be good

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UKIP 2012 Annual Conference to take place at Town Hall

The UK Independence Party is to stage its 2012 Annual Conference in Birmingham from 20 – 22 September. The city is expected to host 900 delegates across the three-day conference, contributing over £800,000 to the local economy.

The event, to be held at the city’s Town Hall, further cements Birmingham’s credentials as the UK’s meeting place for political parties – the city will have welcomed an unprecedented nine conferences in five years by the end of 2012.

This year’s conference will also include a training day for delegates on 20 September and a gala dinner the following evening.

Meet Birmingham, the official business tourism programme for the city, is facilitating the conference through the Birmingham Convention Bureau (BCB). Services provided by BCB include accommodation booking, the creation of a dedicated web page offering a range of exclusive discounts across Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull and assistance with the party’s fringe events.

A number of guest speakers will address delegates at the conference, including Wolfson Prize-winning economist Roger Bootle and broadcaster and songwriter Mike Read.

The Town Hall in Birmingham is a wonderful building in a spectacular location at the heart of the city, enabling our members from all over the country to gain easy access. The Birmingham Convention Bureau have been extremely helpful in helping us make the arrangements, and all the accommodation and facilities are of a very high standard. I’m sure our members will have a great stay and enjoy all that Birmingham has to offer, as well as the Conference itself, which will be our biggest and best to date.

- Steve Crowther, Executive Chairman of UKIP

Throughout its 178 year history, Birmingham’s Town Hall has been used for many high profile political events and debates so it is fitting that we are able to continue the tradition by hosting a party political conference at the venue in September. By offering world class facilities and a dedicated event team we aim to ensure the event is a resounding success.

- Catherine McGlone, Commercial Manager at Town Hall and Symphony Hall
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Great news for the city, hotels should get some high figures for October...

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THE ICC PREPARES TO WELCOME THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY BACK TO BIRMINGHAM

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The ICC and the city of Birmingham are currently in the midst of preparations to host the Conservative Party’s annual Conference (7-10 October) which will be attended by the Prime Minister, David Cameron and members of the cabinet. Over 13,000 delegates are expected to attend along with 1600 national and international media as Birmingham and its award winning conference venue celebrate the return of this high profile event for the third time.

Nick Waight, managing director of The ICC said, “When conferences choose to return to our venue and our city it is a brilliant affirmation that we are getting things right. It is an honour to be placed centre stage during such a national event and an even bigger tribute to all our hard-working, professional staff that the Conservative Party have chosen to return for the third time in five years.”

Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party the Rt. Hon David Cameron MP said, “It gives me great pleasure to bring the Conservative Party Conference back to Birmingham’s ICC for the third time. The ICC proves time and again to be a tremendous conference venue, so I always look forward to holding our conference there.”

Neil Rami, Chief Executive, Marketing Birmingham - which operates the city’s leisure and business tourism programmes, added:

“The Conservatives’ return to the city is a clear endorsement of their confidence in our ability to deliver first-class events.

“Birmingham’s visitor numbers reached a high of 33.5million last year, helping boost the value of its visitor economy to £4.9billion. Major events such as political conferences, which the city has a real track record of hosting successfully, play a key role in bringing influential visitors and media to the city.

“The Conservative conference is yet another opportunity for the city to get in the limelight, boost its reputation and show its 13,500 guests – and a vast media presence – what it has to offer.”

The conference will utilise all areas of the ICC and boost the local economy in the form of hotel, leisure and hospitality spend.

In addition to the main conference, which will close with a speech from the Prime Minister there will be over 500 fringe events taking place which will see staff delivering twelve months worth of events in four days.

The ICC and Birmingham are building on a well established reputation as a venue and city that can host the highest profile events having hosted all three main political party conferences in the past five years. The ICC was also selected to host the first meeting of the Cabinet outside London since 1921 in 2008 and in 1998 welcomed international leaders to the G8 Summit.
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Another win for the NEC

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PRESTIGIOUS RENEWABLEUK EVENT TO VISIT BIRMINGHAM AND THE NEC FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2013
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The NEC has secured the flagship event for the UK’s wind, wave and tidal energy industries for 2013, with RenewableUK choosing the venue and city of Birmingham for the first time, to host its Annual Conference and Exhibition, which is set to attract over 5,000 visitors.

RenewableUK, which has been the leading trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries since its inception in 1978, chooses a different British city each year to host the event organised by the British Wind Energy Association, so it is a huge boost for the NEC and Birmingham to be chosen for 2013.

The NEC is attracting an increasing number of trade shows with a green and sustainability agenda, with three such events - Recycling & Waste Management, The Energy Event and new show, The Renewables Event – happening in September alone.

Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership, which operates its leisure and business tourism programmes, played a key role in securing the event and helping to bring the world-renowned association to Birmingham.

The three-day event will run from 5-7th November 2013 and will incorporate a Gala Dinner in the city centre, as well as a conference, exhibition and careers fair at the NEC. Almost 300 companies active in the UK wind, wave and tidal energy sector will be on display at the exhibition, including manufacturers, developers, contractors, consultants, suppliers/service companies, research institutes, engineers and recruitment consultants.

The conference will provide the opportunity to present the latest in research and development, technological innovations, policy, public opinion and any other aspect of the industry which may be topical. The event will use two of the NEC’s vast halls as well as the entirety of the venue’s conferencing facilities.

Garth Halliday, Director of Events, Marketing& Membership, RenewableUK, said; “We’re delighted to be bringing RenewableUK to the NEC and Birmingham for the first time. We attract global visitors from our nearly 700 strong corporate members which makes Birmingham and the NEC’s central location, with its close proximity to the airport and other transport links perfect for our needs.

“For an event of this scale, we need a venue that provides us with huge space and flexibility, which the NEC has. The city of Birmingham is vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan; with its on-going regeneration including innovatively designed feature buildings; it has its eyes firmly on the future, which reflects our own forward thinking approach.”

David Gallagher, Account Manager at the NEC said; “We are thrilled to have been chosen to host such a prestigious and industry leading event, which will also be fantastic for Birmingham and sees the NEC fast becoming the home of shows with a green and sustainable focus. We also acknowledge the support from Marketing Birmingham, who we worked with to represent the very best of what we as a venue and the city itself can offer to established and sizable events such as this.

“As well as growing association events, larger consumer shows, ones that cater for mixed audiences and huge conferences of this scale, the NEC is showing its credence of being capable of hosting any event, whatever it may be. We are really looking forward to welcoming RenewableUK and its visitors next year.”

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director, Marketing Birmingham, said; “It is testament to the efforts of all of our partners that Birmingham continues to host events of this significance and scale, reinforcing our reputation as a welcoming and popular conference destination with facilities to suit every occasion.

“Birmingham has identified the low carbon and renewables sector as an area of strength and potential growth. Hosting this flagship exhibition serves to highlight the importance of our business tourism and inward investment programmes joining forces to generate new national and international business for the city.”
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Birmingham enjoys summer boost from international conferences

11th September 2012

Birmingham’s business tourism sector stands to benefit from staging three internationally-renowned conferences at the International Convention Centre (ICC), boosting the local visitor economy by over £4 million during a traditionally quieter period across the country.

IEEE Nano 2012 (20-23 August), CASE Europe (27-31 August) and SSIEM (4-7 September) all took place within three weeks of each other and had more than 3,000 delegates in attendance, equating to around 36,000 bed nights for the city’s accommodation providers.

Birmingham Convention Bureau (BCB) supported all three events, thanks to its online accommodation service, bespoke websites, city welcome dressing and exclusive discount vouchers for delegates.

IEEE Nano 2012 (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Nanotechnology Conference) brought 450 delegates to Birmingham to exchange information on their latest research progress. Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Konstantin Novoselov was among the world-renowned scientists and engineers in nanotechnology to give speeches at the event, while the University of Birmingham hosted a conference dinner in its Great Hall. The successful bid to host the event was undertaken as part of the Birmingham Ambassadors programme – an initiative which aims to bring the city’s leading academic figures together with the private sector to showcase Birmingham’s wealth of available expertise.

Kyle Jiang, Professor of Nanotechnology at the University of Birmingham’s School of Mechanical Engineering and IEEE Nano 2012 conference chair said: “Delegates thoroughly enjoyed their stay in Birmingham and were impressed with how modern and beautiful the city was, with plenty to see and do outside of the conference.

“I regard the ICC as the best in the country – the facilities and catering were excellent and the venue was able to accommodate the number of visitors that attended.

“I have had a very good experience working with both the ICC and BCB and I look forward to hosting another event here soon.”

Meanwhile, the CASE Europe (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Annual Conference 2012 welcomed 1,000 professionals from schools and higher education institutions working in fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications. Over 100 sessions took place at the ICC, bringing delegates into contact with current clients and exhibitors, while a walking tour for international visitors was provided by BCB.

The SSIEM (Society for the Study of Inborn Errors in Metabolism) symposium saw over 1,500 delegates attend the ICC to exchange ideas on inherited metabolic diseases, with a programme focusing on how diversity influences diagnosis, therapy and long term outcomes. The congress featured a number of plenary sessions with speakers from Australia, France, the Netherlands and the USA, while the event’s social programme included a welcome reception at Town Hall and tours of Birmingham’s unique Jewellery Quarter, canals and heritage buildings.

Catherine Newhall-Caiger, Business Development Director at the ICC said: “We were delighted to host not just one, but three highly renowned international conferences at our venue this summer. Next summer is set to be another busy one for us with the International Union of Physiological Sciences conference secured for next July. The five day conference is expected to attract 4,000 delegates to the city.

“Our location, flexibility and experience make us the ideal venue for international conferences and is definitely a market we will continue to grow. Since opening our doors in 1991 we have hosted over 110 international events helping to put Birmingham on the map as the events capital.

“The success of all three conferences is testament to the close working relationship we have with our clients and everyone at the ICC who worked tirelessly to make sure the events passed without any problems.”

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership which operates BCB, said: “Hosting three international conferences in as many weeks represents a major coup for Birmingham and enhances our reputation as a world-class business tourism destination, with the ability to provide a unique welcome for every type of event, all year round.

“Competition to lure events of this calibre remains strong, but with an unrivalled location at the heart of the country and continued investment into our hotel and transport infrastructure, we remain confident that more prestigious national and international conferences will be attracted to our enviable offer.”
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THE LG ARENA SCOOPS TOP INDUSTRY AWARD
Friday, October 12, 2012
This week, Birmingham’s LG Arena brought home the Live Music Business Award for ‘The Best Venue Teamwork - Arena’. This comes hot on the heels of the Pollstar rankings that put the venue seventh in the list of Top 100 arenas worldwide.

The venue, known for hosting the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Peter Kay, was up against all arenas in the UK, including sister venue, the NIA, with both making the final three; completing the trio was Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

The team are delighted with this coveted award and Guy Dunstan, General Manager of the Arenas said: “We’re thrilled with our achievement. Just being two out of the three finalists is a massive coup, but actually winning the award is the icing on the cake. And what’s more humbling, is to know we have been voted for by industry peers – so they’re telling us we’re the best in the UK!

“This just showcases the outstanding work the Arenas’ teams do every day to make sure our clients and customers experience the highest level of service at our venues. We’re delighted to have been recognised by the industry – all credit to our teams.”

Created by the publisher of LIVE UK – the only magazine dedicated to the companies and individuals working in this sector of the creative industries – the Live Music Business Awards is now in its third year and recognises excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artiste managers, brand impact and record label partnerships.

Guy Dunstan and the LG Arena team were presented with the award at a glittering awards evening in London.
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THE ICC PROVES IT’S STILL THE VENUE OF CHOICE FOR ASSOCIATIONS WITH NINE NEW WINS
Thursday, November 08, 2012
The International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham has won nine new Association conferences which are expected to boost the local economy in excess of £8 million over the next five years.

This abundance of Association business follows the recent restructure of the ICC’s sales department, which saw the introduction of a dedicated Associations team.

The new team, which consists of Business Development Director Catherine Newhall-Caiger, Account Director Linda Best and Account Manager Jane Ralphs, has a wealth of experience working in the conferencing and events industry between them, and have all specific experience working with Association clients.

Commenting on the wins, Catherine Newhall-Caiger said: “We are extremely pleased to be announcing so many new conference wins; five of which are clients who have used the ICC before. When clients choose to return to our venue, it is always a brilliant affirmation that we have delivered a successful conference for not only the client, but also for their delegates, exhibitors and speakers.

“Our new team have an in-depth understanding of Associations and we know what it takes to make an Association conference successful. Every Association is unique and we work in partnership with our clients as part of their team to advise and consult and we encourage them to use our in-house expertise and knowledge to make sure they get the best out of their event.

“We also recognise the importance of being flexible throughout all of our services not just the venue hire, such as our contracts and payment schedule plans which are designed to make it easy for our clients to do business with us”

The new wins include the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF UK), UK & Ireland SAP User Group and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath – who are all bringing their event to the ICC for the first time.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath have confirmed a two year deal with the ICC and will be hosting both its 2014 and 2015 conferences at the venue.

The itSMF two day conference will take place 4th – 5th November 2013 and will feature an extensive range of presentations, an exhibition and a gala dinner. The event is expected to attract over 800 visitors over the course of the conference.

The UK & Ireland SAP User Group, also forecasted to attract over 800 delegates, will take place 25th -26th November 2013. Set up in 1988, the SAP User Group is an independent ‘not for profit’ organisation with a membership base of over 600 organisations comprising more than 6,000 professionals from across the UK and Ireland.

Following the success of this year’s annual conference, the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has confirmed it will be returning to the ICC in 2016. Conference and Event Services Manager for the BAD Chris Garret said: “The ICC offers us excellent facilities, a friendly professional service and always delivers us a fantastic venue for our annual meeting. The positive delegate feedback means returning to the ICC is an easy decision.”

The three day conference, which will take place between the 5th and 7th July is expected to attract 1100 delegates.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has agreed a two year contract and will be returning to the ICC for its 2013 and 2014 annual conferences, both of which will see 1100 delegates attend.

The British Society of Rheumatology, who had already signed up to hosting next year’s annual conference at the ICC, has also now confirmed the 2017 conference will take place at the venue. The event typically attracts over 1000 delegates from across the profession, including GPs, consultants and other health professionals.

The British Council for Offices (BCO) is also making a return visit to the ICC after 14 years. Last with the venue in 2000, the BCO conference will take place 14th – 16th May 2014, and will attract 600 delegates from all organisations involved in creating, acquiring or occupying office space including architects, lawyers, surveyors, financial institutions and public agencies.

The Personal Finance Society has confirmed it will return to the ICC for the 3rd successive year next year for its two day meeting on the 7th -8th November – which is expected to receive 600+ attendees.

As well as the professionalism and experience of the staff, location is also a USP when it comes to Association business according to Catherine, who went on to add: “Many of our Association clients choose the ICC for their conferences because of our central location within the city and also due to the fact that Birmingham is located in the heart of the UK. Birmingham is so easy to get to with great transport links into the city by road, rail and air and with over 6000 hotel bedrooms and over 100 restaurants within walking distance from the ICC, we are the ideal location and venue for association conferences. Our clients often tell us that they have actually increased delegate numbers due to Birmingham’s central location and great transport links.”
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Nice to see BMAG hosting another exhibition, visitor numbers should be well above average this year, and the birmingham history and its people gallery is now open. Should help attract people outside the city

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Revealed: Government Art Collection opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 – 24 February 2013

A fascinating exhibition, which brings together a diverse selection of nearly 200 works of art from the Government Art Collection, opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Gas Hall on Saturday, 17 November 2012
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Almost 200 pieces from the Government Art Collection are to be exhibited at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 17 November. It is the first time the works, usually displayed at UK Government buildings across the world, have been put together for an exhibition outside London.
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Conservative Party members 'keen for Birmingham return'
by Graeme Brown, Birmingham Post Jan 10 2013


Conservative Party members would like to see their conference return to Birmingham, according to a man who helped to bring it here in the first place.

Former National Conservative Convention president Charles Barwell, who was given an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List, said he was still “banging the drum” for the city – and the party would like to return.

The Birmingham banker, who is also deputy chairman of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), said the city made a big impact on the membership when it hosted the conference in 2008 and 2012.

He said: “I know the Conservative Party would like to continue to come to Birmingham. Everything about Birmingham works, like the venues, and the access is so much better than anywhere else.

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