WE CREATE UNFORGETTABLE LIVE EXPERIENCES

ABOUT US

The NEC Group is all about Bringing Live to Life ®. We’re one of the world’s top venue management companies, operating the NEC, ICC, Genting Arena, Barclaycard Arena and the Vox Conference Centre. We also operate a national ticketing agency, The Ticket Factory; hospitality brand, Amplify; and award-winning caterer, Amadeus. In addition, we’ve launched businesses that aim to take our expertise further afield: NEC Group International, MemoryHaus, Eight Feet Tall and NEC Live Productions. Every year, around seven million people come together at over 750 events at our venues and Resorts World to learn, do business and be entertained.

The businesses that drive our success

Our Venue Brands

OUR SERVICE BRANDS

Our History

The NEC Group has been at the forefront of the live events industry since the Queen opened the National Exhibition Centre in 1976.

Owned by Birmingham City Council for 29 years prior to becoming privately owned, we’re now one of the leading venue management companies in the world and have celebrated many key milestones along the way.

Our venues and services combine to deliver over 750 major events to over seven million visitors annually, and our activity has acted as catalyst for Birmingham’s regeneration, delivering over £ 2.1 billion of economic impact to the region, supporting the full time equivalent of 29,000 jobs, and helping to establish Birmingham as a key business and visitor destination.

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LDC complete purchase of NEC Group

The Vox opens at Resorts World

The LG Arena re branded as Genting Arena

1970
1971

National Exhibition Centre design team formally appointed

1972
1973

Prime Minister Edward Heath cuts the tape to start construction work

1974
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the NEC

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Completion of the NEC Arena, the first event was a concert by Queen

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Building work began on the International Convention Centre (ICC)

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The Queen opens the ICC & athlete Linford Christie opens the NIA

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First online ticket sales launched by NEC Group Box Office

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NEC Group Box Office re-launched as The Ticket Factory

2008

NEC Arena renamed as LG Arena

2009

A £29m redevelopment of LG Arena was completed

2010
2011

NEC Group Catering officially renamed as Amadeus

2012

Five-year deal with Barclaycard announced

2013

Genting starts work on Resorts World Birmingham

2014

Barclaycard Arena opens and Genting Arena sponsorship is announced

2015

LDC complete purchase of NEC Group & the Vox opens

2016

OUR VALUES

The NEC Group’s strategy is underpinned by its values which drive the business culture. The brands that represent the NEC Group are uniquely different, and our group values are what unite us as one amazing team.

Teamwork
Teamwork
Energise
Energise
Spirit
Spirit
Customer
Customer

Part of the LDC portfolio

In May 2015, LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, acquired the NEC Group from Birmingham City Council for £307 million. The deal brought the NEC Group into private ownership for the first time.

About LDC

Established in 1981, LDC is a leading player in the private equity mid-market and is able to provide up to £100m of funds for buyouts and development capital transactions in UK unquoted companies.

LDC work with management teams, advisors and partners to create a working relationship that is engaging, enjoyable, ambitious and successful.

They have a good track record of investing in companies and their management teams, and they support growth through better access to investment.

See Paul Thandi's (CEO) interview - one year on from investement

Read more about LDC

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