Staff from The International Centre, Telford, welcomed Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid MP, on a key fact-finding mission to the town recently.
Javid’s trip was part of an ongoing mission to find out how the Government can support the events industry in a bid to attract more international events.
Tom Gray, Chief Executive of Southwater Event Group, which owns the Telford venue, said the visit was a welcome opportunity to directly pass on invaluable industry knowledge to influential policy-makers.
“After a chat about the state of the industry, we took Mr Javid on a tour of The International Centre itself, and he was extremely impressed with the facilities. He was particularly interested to learn that our venue has an economic impact in the region of £40m per year and that we employ 400 members of staff.”
The Minister also met Rebecca Gutierrez from Telford Tourism Partnership, who explained the work the organisation was doing to promote the destination as a whole.
Gray said: “We work closely with Telford Tourism Partnership and it was really important for our special guest to learn just how local organisations work together to ensure the area’s profile is raised across the UK and beyond.
“The latest joint initiative we have been supporting has been the Partnership’s Ambassador Programme, which aims to attract associations to the area through their links to local members and representatives.
“Our aim during our time with Mr Javid was to explain how, while we are primarily a national domestic venue, we would always welcome international events, and we stressed how essential a good transport infrastructure is across the UK if businesses like ours are to succeed on a global platform.”
The Minister also visited the new Southwater convention quarter together with Lucy Allan, the local Conservative candidate for Telford.
Image L-R: Tom Gray, Lucy Allan and Sajid Javid
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