Manchester Central named ‘UK Venue of the Year’

MANCHESTER Central Convention Complex has won the title of UK Venue of the Year at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Awards.

The award follows a record-breaking year for the centre which hosted the Soccerex European forum and the Conservative Party conference.

This year the venue will welcome the Labour party back to Manchester, where the new party leader will be announced.

Other significant wins for the venue include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which has committed to 5 years, the new Soccerex European Forum on a 4 year deal, and the Vascular Society Annual Conference has committed to three years from 2012 through to 2014.

Manchester Central’s chief executive, Lesley Tomlinson, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award in recognition of not only our great venue, but also the fantastic team we have at Manchester Central.

“We are very proud to have delivered exceptional results this year against a backdrop of a rapidly changing market.”

“We have invested £30m redeveloping our facilities to increase the overall available space, improve flexibility and create a truly world class venue.

“We have also worked very hard to provide added value for our clients. The results mean we can attract a wider range of conferences, seminars, exhibitions and symposia to Manchester.”