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Exhibitions at Manchester Central increase by 31 per cent

Manchester Central is celebrating following a record-breaking year for exhibitions.

The city centre venue saw a 31 per cent growth in revenue across the sector in 2018, attributed to a growth in the total number of shows hosted (37) and a repeat rate of 86 per cent from the previous year.

High-profile events such as The Northern Business Exhibition and the Digital Kids Show visited for the first time, while long-standing clients such as IP EXPO continued their association with the venue.

Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central said: “Nothing is quite like the buzz of an exhibition floor and I’m delighted that more and more exhibitions are calling Manchester Central their home. The flexibility of our venue means that we can host exhibitions of all shapes and sizes, maximising opportunities to network and do business.”

The last year has seen the venue invest in new facilities, revamp its retail catering offer and work with city partners to improve its overall offer.

Bradley Maule-ffinch, director of strategy for IP EXPO Event Series, explained why Manchester Central was chosen for the event. He said: “We initially chose Manchester Central due to its central location in the city, making it easy for our exhibitors, speakers and delegates from across the globe to visit.

“Over the years the venue continues to be the perfect choice for our event, with the light airy nature of the building making it comfortable for delegates visiting. The Manchester Central team are always a fantastic help in making sure our event is a success and we’re really looking forward to returning next year.”

The rise in exhibitions has also seen Manchester Central shortlisted for the ‘Best Venue over 8,000 sqm’ award at the Exhibition Awards.

Last year, the British Council chose Manchester Central as the venue for the International Education Services Conference. This was one of the largest events in 2018, and saw over 550 delegates travelling to the city, with visitors from Kenya and Dubai.

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