Major union conference returning to Blackpool

Winter Gardens conference centre

The GMB will stage its annual congress in the brand new state-of-the-art conference centre in June 2020, bringing more than 1,000 delegates over five days.

It is the first major national conference to sign up for the new venue, which is to be constructed next to the Winter Gardens, opening in May 2019.

The union, which supports more than 600,000 members from across the UK and Europe, has also revealed that it plans to use the proposed new hotel at The Sands Venue on Central Promenade as its conference base. The hotel is due to open for business in autumn 2018.

Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be back in Blackpool in 2020 and looking forward to trying out the impressive new facilities.

“The GMB has spent many happy times in Blackpool over the years, so we’re really looking forward to bringing our congress to the Fylde Coast once again.

“Around 1,000 delegates, visitors, exhibitors and staff  – as well as the nation’s press and TV – will be able to enjoy Blackpool’s wonderful hospitality during our five day event.”

Cllr Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council said “This is fantastic news for Blackpool, we are delighted that the GMB have chosen to host their annual congress in the resort, and I look forward to welcoming them here.

“The Trade Union movement have been great supporters of Blackpool over decades, and I’m sure this will be the first of many Union conferences heading our way.”