ACC Liverpool celebrates fifth birthday

ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, is kicking off the New Year by celebrating its fifth birthday.

Opened on 12 January 2008, ACC Liverpool attracted more than 618,000 visitors to 269 events in its first year, generating an economic impact of £207m to the city region. Since then, the venue has attracted almost three million visitors to 1,100 events and generated £620m in economic benefit for the local economy.

Over the past five years BT Convention Centre has hosted conferences including the Labour Party annual conference, BBC Worldwide Showcase, the Royal College of Nursing Congress and the Liberal Democrats spring and annual conferences. Last year saw the return of events including the British Council of Shopping Centres and the National Cancer Research Institute.

Highlights at Echo Arena Liverpool include the MTV Europe Music Awards, the MOBO Awards 2010 and 2012, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and X-Factor Boot Camp. Artists who have performed at the arena include Sir Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Lionel Ritchie while sporting events include the World Netball Series and the Davis Cup.

“Prior to opening, it was felt that there was a real need for a venue like ours in Liverpool,” says Chairman of ACC Liverpool, David McDonnell. “Five years on, we’ve proved this was most definitely the case, bringing world class events to the city, the likes of which had never been seem before in Liverpool.”

As the venue enters its sixth year, it has further plans to develop the waterfront site with the construction of Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL), which will allow the ACC Liverpool team to move into a new market.

“It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say ACC Liverpool has transformed the city,” says Mayor Joe Anderson. “Not only does it bring top international acts and conferences here, but it also supports thousands of jobs and provides a massive boost to the local economy.

“Even though we are no longer the new kid on the dock, we are by no means resting on our laurels. We look forward to work on starting on site for ECL in autumn this year which will enable us to enter into a new market of hosting large scale consumer and trade exhibitions,” he adds.

In December 2012, ACC Liverpool reported a small, £17k, increase in post-tax profit for the year to 31 March 2012 on an 11 per cent decrease in turnover, to £12.9m.

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