‘Best ever year for conferences’, says SECC

The Scottish Exhibition and
Conference Centre has revealed strong trading figures as it claims its
conference business has “enjoyed its best ever year” as it moves into
2010.

Figures for the 2008/09 financial
year show growing operating profit up by 47 per cent and turnover up by 10 per
cent overall, which exceeds £18m. Its conference business showed turnover and
gross profit up by 40 per cent and 44 per cent
respectively.

“This year we have really seen the
benefits of combining marketing and sales expertise in a joint sales division.
This allowed us to work to a tighter tenancy calendar and maximise all business
opportunities,” says CEO John Sharkey.

In total, the SECC hosted 43
conferences which were attended by over 45,000 delegates throughout the
year.

“We expect another challenging year
in 2010,” continues Sharkey. “The Centre will continue to work with the Glasgow
City Marketing Bureau, and the rest of ‘Team Glasgow’, to help continually grow
the city’s event reputation.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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