The Yorkshire International Business Convention has moved to the Harrogate
International Centre (HIC) from the Yorkshire Event Centre.
After 10 years at the Yorkshire Event Centre, the
event’s move is due to cost-cutting and logistical reasons. Because the HIC is
has a dedicated auditorium as Royal Hall theatre space, organisers could forego
the involved process of laying carpet and preparing the space, which begins
weeks in advance of the event.
“The key thing is that it stays in Harrogate,” said YEC
MD Heather Parry.
Alison Griffin, head of sales and marketing at HIC,
said: “HIC works in collaboration with the YEC, complementing but not competing
for Harrogate’s share of the events industry. Through this partnership we are
developing Harrogate’s event offering for the benefit of the town and local
economy. For example, every year YEC provides the park and ride service for one
of our major trade exhibitions, Home and Gift.”
Convention founder and CE Mike Firth told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We’ve had 10
great years at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, but the reality is these
are tough economic times and I needed to find a way of cutting some of the
operational costs without impacting on the quality of the overall
“Moving to the HIC means significant savings on the cost
of staging the event,” he continued, “and those savings can and will be used to
ensure the quality of the day.”
The 2011 event will take place on 10 June, at the HIC
and Bridlington Spa.