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ICC Wales hosts largest exhibition to date

The International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) has hosted its largest exhibition to date, as part of the ISBA 2021 Annual Conference (Independent Schools’ Bursars Association).

The ISBA Annual Conference took place from 23-24 November and brought over 1,000 attendees to the convention centre, with more than 170 exhibition stands and 400 delegates.

ISBA’s services are designed to assist school finance managers in the successful administrative, financial and operational management of their schools.

The annual conference and exhibition aims to provide them with an opportunity meet suppliers and service providers, as well as share ideas and attend thought leadership sessions. The conference programme included sessions on subjects such as sustainability, diversity, staff wellbeing and artificial intelligence.

David Woodgate, chief executive, Independent Schools’ Bursars Association, said: “As a new venue, ICC Wales has clearly been very well planned in terms of the flow of the rooms. The auditorium is state-of-the-art and our exhibitors really liked the ease with which they were able to get all their equipment in and set their stands up in the main hall. There is room for people to spread out which is important, it’s a big capacity facility. The staff have shown a can-do attitude and been very welcoming, co-operative and helpful.”

Ian Edwards, chief executive, ICC Wales, commented: “We are delighted that ISBA chose our venue for their annual conference. The event had previously been held at Celtic Manor but it had outgrown the facilities there in recent years, so it was great to be able to welcome ISBA back to Wales and see such a busy exhibition and conference taking advantage of the greater capacities at ICC Wales. We were able to provide them with flexible solutions for their plenary and breakout sessions, and it’s fantastic to see all our facilities so full of activity once again.”