Leading veterinary congress moves to Manchester Central in three-year deal

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), organiser of the largest and longest running small animal congress in Europe, is moving the event to Manchester from 2021 as part of a three-year deal.

The bid, which Manchester Central secured in partnership with Marketing Manchester, will bring up to 10,000 delegates to the city for five days and is estimated to be worth around £110 million to the city’s local economy over the three-year period.

The BSAVA Congress has been held at the ICC Birmingham for almost 30 years, with the organisers electing to move to Manchester to meet the evolving needs of delegates.

Angharad Belcher, head of BSAVA Congress, said: “We’ve had a first-class experience in Birmingham, and we could not have asked for more from the venue. We know that 2019 and 2020 will continue to be popular, however, it’s time to move BSAVA Congress forward and revitalise the offering to our delegates and exhibitors by bringing everything into one building. The move to Manchester enables us to invest even more in speakers and delegate experiences, to make BSAVA’s education programme truly unsurpassable.”

Sheona Southern, MD at Marketing Manchester, said: “We’re delighted that it’s also another win for the city’s partnership approach to bidding for large conferences. Attracting a conference of such size and prestige from another UK city is testament to the hard work of Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester, who came together to sell the city’s strengths and key assets.”

Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, added: “After getting to know the association and their vision, it was clear that they wanted to transform the experience of their delegates. The ambition of the association matches that of the city and Manchester has the perfect blend of venue and vibrancy to develop the BSAVA Congress of the future.

We’re delighted to be welcoming them in 2021 and we’ll work hard with the organisers to create a unique and remarkable experience for their delegates, exhibitors, partners and all visitors”.

BSAVA Congress 2021 will take place from 25 – 28 March 2021.

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