The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace) will bring its annual summit 2017 to the Emirates Old Trafford, 1-3 November. Organisers expect over 300 chief executives and senior managers to attend the two-day conference.
Solace’s stated aim is to seek to influence debate around the future of public services to ensure that policy and legislation are informed by the experience and expertise of their members.
Solace group director Graeme McDonald said: “Solace are delighted to bring their flagship annual summit to the North West in November 2017. Emirates Old Trafford provides the perfect venue for senior staff from UK local government, offering a great location, and a modern and light environment.
“Having held a very successful event in Newcastle/Gateshead this year, we are particularly pleased to bring the event to the North West as this remains the centre of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse plans, seen as many as the flagship of the devolution revolution.”
The main conference will take place at EOT’s The Point event space, and a drinks reception and various other sessions will take place within the venue’s Pavilion.
Emirates Old Trafford’s chief executive Daniel Gidney said: “The Solace membership covers the whole of the UK and we’re delighted to have been chosen for their annual summit due to our location, size and flexibility.
“Delegates from the Summit will also be able to enjoy our new Hilton Garden Inn during the conference which is set to open summer 2017.”
Trafford Council’s chief executive, Theresa Grant, added: “I look forward to welcoming and attending the Solace summit in 2017. It is great news that this prestigious event has chosen a venue that is literally on the doorstep of Trafford Council and one which we have a long and successful partnership with.
“The summit is an opportunity to highlight all that is happening in Trafford and Greater Manchester and our part in the Northern Powerhouse.”
Solace said its main objective when choosing a venue for the summit was to find a venue that would be able to house a conference, exhibition and drinks reception with additional breakout. Organisers also said it was important to have their delegates under one roof and be able to move quickly from venue to venue to maximise their time.