The AECC, which is the largest conference, exhibition, banqueting and entertainment Venue in the North-East of Scotland has been selected in the ‘Best Large Venue’ Category.
The Award application was based on the 2012-13 year, and recently released year-end figures reported significant growth at the end of the Company’s 2012-13 financial year. Total number of events held at the Venue rose by 8% to 611, with event size increasing for many sectors.
In the past 11 years, turnover at the Centre has nearly trebled from £2.5m in 2001-02, to £7.1m in 2012-13 – the best year in the Centre’s 28 year history. It is significant to note that 2012-13 was a non-Offshore Europe* year, and that turnover was slightly ahead of 2011-12 which was an Offshore Europe year. This growth is predicted to continue in 2013-14, also an Offshore Europe year.
The business mix has changed noticeably in the last year, with further growth of the Exhibition sector as well as in Conferences and Small Meetings (under 100 people), and substantial growth in Banqueting.
On top of this, the AECC has increased its economic contribution to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire from around £12m in 1989, to an estimated £109m last year, and supports over 1,000 jobs in the Region.
Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director, AECC said: “We are delighted to have reached the final of these industry Awards. It is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our team and the continuing growth and success of the Venue.”