Move to Manchester a ‘recession-busting success’

The organiser of the
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) annual conference and exhibition hails
its decision to move to Manchester as a “recession-busting

CIPD’s three-day event on
17 – 19 November saw a nine per cent increase in delegate numbers to over 5,000
with provisional visitor numbers up by 28 per cent.

“Despite the current
economic climate, the move to Manchester has been a recession-busting
success,” says head of conferences and exhibitions at the CIPD, Nina Harman.
“Feedback at the event also tells us that conference goers, exhibition visitors
and exhibitors alike were very happy with the innovation, greater interactivity
and practical focus we were able to introduce as part of the move to the new

CIPD chief executive,
Jackie Orme, agrees: “Numbers such
as these would be good in any year, but in the current economic climate the team
has delivered an event that has exceeded expectations. We’re looking forward to
returning to Manchester next November to build on this

The event was hosted in
Harrogate for 61 years, but debuted at the
Manchester Central Convention Complex this year. “We are always looking for ways
to improve our event,” CIPD head of conferences and exhibitions, Nina Harman
told “After
talking to our attendees, we felt Manchester Central’s facilities offered
greater flexibility to develop the event further. And, as we attract domestic
and international visitors, the multiple transport links were an also attractive

Headline speakers at
the event included McDonald’s UK chief executive Steve Easterbrook,
chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Sir Christopher Kelly, and
Tesco’s retail HR director Therese Procter.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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