Influential unions head to Bournemouth

Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is set to welcome three of the UK’s unions, bringing more than 3,300 delegates to the region and generating an estimated £11m for the local economy through business tourism.

“These organisations represent a huge body of opinion in the UK, and it’s fantastic that they’ve chosen Bournemouth International Centre as the main forum to debate and agree policy for tackling the many work, welfare and social issues affecting their members,” says BH Live director of venues, Pat Coyne.

The Communication Workers Union returns 24-28 April.

Unique to this year’s event is a free evening concert for delegates on Tuesday 26 April, staged as part of the #jc4pm Tour, with Billy Bragg headlining a string of artists, and a guest appearance from shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Tickets are available to members of the public from eventbrite.

“Bournemouth is a great destination for our delegates,” says Tony Kearns, CWU senior deputy general secretary.

“The venue gives us the scope to address mainstream issues in conference, and run targeted, fringe meetings for delegates to debate more specific issues that matter to them, such as equality and health and safety. The event coordination is excellent, making Bournemouth International Centre an easy choice for our annual conference.”

Prospect Union will follow for its 2016 National Conference 10-12 May. Prospect is a professional union representing more than 113,000 engineers, scientists, managers and specialists in agriculture, defense, education and children’s services, energy, environment, heritage, shipbuilding, telecoms and transport.

“Our union has grown so much it can be challenging to find a venue large enough to suit our needs,” says Mike Clancy, prospect’s general secretary.

“Bournemouth International Centre is an excellent venue for us, especially for the variety of rooms available. Not only is the Windsor Hall large enough to accommodate us, we also have smaller rooms available for our fringe and breakout sessions which are increasingly popular among our delegates.”

GMB Congress will return to Bournemouth 5-9 June, expecting to draw more than 700 delegates, exhibitors and visitors from across the UK.

Steve Short, GMB executive officer, said: “Bournemouth ticks all our boxes as a dynamic and attractive business destination and Bournemouth International Centre is a secure, respected and well-managed venue. The flexibility and space of the Windsor Hall is perfect for holding classroom-style events like ours. The centre is easy to get to, with plenty of nearby accommodation options for delegates.”

Emily King


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