Venues & Events
The ICC prepares to welcome over 300 events in one
- Category: Venues & Events
- Created on Friday, 28 September 2012 15:30
The whole of the award-winning Team ICC, including catering, technical, event management, security, graphics and cleaning departments are all currently in preparation mode, getting ready to host one of the ICC’s highest profile events of the year.
Nick Waight, managing director of The ICC said, “It is a tribute to our hard-working, highly experienced team that the conservative party have chosen to return for the third time in five years; when conferences repeatedly choose to return to our venue it is the best endorsement that we are getting things right.
“With 300 fringe events; from breakfast meetings to full scale banquets to manage, we will see 600 staff delivering over six months worth of events in just four days across the whole of the venue. From our smallest meeting rooms to the largest conference halls, including the world renowned Symphony Hall, every inch of the ICC feels the excitement and we are proud to be able to showcase our talent for event management, our purpose-built flexible building and highly experienced team to delegates and media from across the world. This is what we do every day but on a larger scale.”
Youthzone Fringe organiser, Jonathan Hopkins, Director of Citadel Policy & Communications Ltd, "The ICC has provided a fantastic platform to launch and promote a full programme of events that we host for national charities at the party political conferences each year. The events team could not have been more helpful, from catering and technical support to planning and logistics. That level of support has been essential in helping create and shape the Youth Zone, now standing at 17 national organisations and 14 events held over three days. Co-ordination, flexibility and good humour have been a hall-mark of the ICC's customer service."
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.”
Whilst it is business as usual for the ICC which hosts over 400 events a year, the Conservative Party Conference will generate £16.5m for the local economy and is seen as a key city-wide event, with the ICC team working closely with Marketing Birmingham, West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council.
Neil Rami, Chief Executive, Marketing Birmingham said: "Birmingham continues to live up to its status as one of Europe's most popular and thriving conference destinations, with a proven track record of delivering thousands of major events in internationally-renowned venues and state-of-the-art facilities.
"We look forward to welcoming Party Conference guests back to the city for the third time since 2008 to enjoy our unrivalled leisure offering, which has attracted praise this year from international publications including The New York Times and some of the world's best-known Olympians."
The ICC is building on a well established reputation as a venue that can host the highest profile events; having hosted all three main political party and seven political 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.