BRIGHTON CENTRE REFURB PAYS OFF!

Following its recent £1million refurbishment, the Brighton Centre is delivering an outstanding return on investment with the value of conference and exhibition bookings confirmed at the venue since January 2012 currently worth more than £85 million to the City of Brighton & Hove. 

Among the high-profile events which will be taking centre stage at the Brighton Centre in the years ahead will be the 2013 Labour Party Conference, the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery Annual Conference, the British Red Cross Conference and a host of other prestigious meetings, conferences and exhibitions who are booking up until 2024. This business, plus other significant numbers of events projected to confirm will generate a further £40 million in revenue for the City.

“The investment we have made in extending and updating the facilities at The Brighton Centre, and improving the experience for event organisers, delegates and visitors is paying big dividends,” explains Howard Barden, General Manager at The Brighton Centre. “The venue’s success is also fundamental to the economic performance of the City of Brighton & Hove. Our visitors generate substantial revenues for local business including hotels, restaurants, transport and retail outlets, and help to sustain some 14,000 local jobs”.

Comfort, freshness, vitality and the creation of a modern, business-friendly environment were the chief objectives of The Brighton Centre refurbishment. It has included the replacement of more than 4,000 seats in Auditorium 1, the renovation of Auditorium 2, enhanced meeting facilities and the modernisation of existing interiors.

As part of the programme, works have also took place to improve the visual appearance of the front of the building which now extends out towards the seafront, complete with a new floor-to-ceiling height glazed frontage, and a bigger and much more attractive 3rd floor restaurant with stunning sea views.

The Brighton Centre also provides much better technology and greater connectivity for its conference and event customers. The refurbishment programme has involved a new cabling infrastructure for the building, allowing the venue to offer free Delegate Wi-Fi for all users, alongside new projectors, screens and plasma displays.

“This refurbishment programme has greatly enhanced the delegate and visitor experience, keeping the venue competitive and relevant on both the national and international conference venues scene,” sums up Howard. “We now see the Centre as being an extremely competitive facility for the UK. That’s why we’re taking bookings from new and returning customers, and receiving considerable interest from conference organisers across the globe. Already, less than six months into 2012, this is a great return for the City.”

For further information or images, please contact:

Penny Parker

The Brighton Centre

Kings Road

Brighton

BN1 2GR

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 292642

penny.parker@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Alexandra Azrak

Wildwood PR

The Stables, Meadow Court

Faygate Lane, Faygate,

West Sussex, RH12 4SJ

Tel: +44 (0)1293 851115

Alexandra.azrak@wildwoodpr.co.uk

About the Brighton Centre

Set in the historic and vibrant city of Brighton, The Brighton Centre is one of the largest conference centres in the south, with a capacity of up to 5,100.  It has played host to a whole range of organisations and corporate clients including the TUC, the British Medical Association, Tesco and Microsoft and is a versatile venue, capable of meeting a diverse set of requirements forboth national and international events. The Brighton Centre is owned and operated by Brighton & Hove City Council. More information on The Brighton Centre is available at www.brightoncentre.co.uk. Further details on the City of Brighton & Hove can be found at www.visitbrighton.com

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