Over forty years of delivering excellence

SUCCESS ACROSS THE NEC GROUP

The NEC Group has enjoyed unrivaled success in the live events industry for over forty years. Success has come in many forms from fantastic venues through to cutting edge service brands. This has been delivered through our people demonstrating and living our values of Customer, Teamwork, Spirit and Energise. Complemented by mutually beneficial partnerships with some of the world's most recognisable brands, like Barclaycard, Genting, Sky and Coca Cola.

The Group has successfully added new brands, venues, products and services across it's history whilst always staying true to its ethos of Bringing Live To Life.

Awards

For over forty years the NEC Group has been focused on delivering world class venues and services.

Today we are proud to claim a range of awards from a variety of respected organisations and publications. These awards recognise the hard work and achievements of our employees and set us apart from our competitors, reinforcing our position at the forefront of the live events industry.

Recent highlights include:

Awards won 2015 - 2016

AEO Excellence Award

AEO Excellence Award

the NEC

The AEO Excellence Awards represent the best that the events industry has to offer and showcase the amazing achievements from within the industry. The NEC beat off stiff competition from the likes of Excel, the O2 Arena and EventCity to be named ‘Venue of the Year’ for the first time in 15 years.

Smart and Connected Award: Ticketing Technology Awards

Smart and Connected Award: Ticketing Technology Awards

The Ticket Factory

The Ticketing Technology Awards were launched to recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the application of technology in ticketing across sports, performing arts, music, cinema, live entertainment and visitor attractions. The Ticket Factory’s work on its technological innovations in system integrations stood head and shoulders above other short-listed finalists from North America

BEST UK CONFERENCE CENTRE (SILVER)

BEST UK CONFERENCE CENTRE (SILVER)

ICC

The M&IT awards are designed to recognise excellence in the industry and are voted for by event organisers and readers of Meetings and Incentive Travel magazine. The venue won bronze in 2014.

BEST VENUE TEAMWORK - ARENAS AT THE LIVE UK MUSIC BUSINESS AWARDS

BEST VENUE TEAMWORK - ARENAS AT THE LIVE UK MUSIC BUSINESS AWARDS

Barclaycard Arena

The Live UK Music Business Awards is one of the arena industry’s most prestigious award ceremonies. A panel of industry professionals shortlisted the Barclaycard Arena for its team’s dedication to delivering shows throughout the 18 month redevelopment of the entertainment venue. The shortlist was then taken to a public vote, where the Arena beat off competition from fellow category finalists The O2, London and Capital FM Arena, Nottingham.

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (BIFM) IMPACT ON SUSTAINABILITY

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (BIFM) IMPACT ON SUSTAINABILITY

AMADEUS

The industry leading BIFM Awards recognise and showcase best in class facilities management and evidence its impact on business, the economy and society. This was the NEC’s fourth award in two years for its work to minimise the negative impact its operations have on the environment.

FSM EVENT CATERER OF THE YEAR

FSM EVENT CATERER OF THE YEAR

AMADEUS

The industry leading FSM Awards bring together over 400 of the contract catering elite to pay tribute to those outstanding individuals who have been shortlisted. The Caterer of the Year Award – which recognises those that excel within the events sector of the contract catering industry - went to Amadeus General Manager of External Events, Sam Bates.

Awards won 2014

‘DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD’ WEST MIDLANDS IN THE LARGE COMPANY CATEGORY (KEVIN WATSON)

‘DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD’ WEST MIDLANDS IN THE LARGE COMPANY CATEGORY (KEVIN WATSON)

Amadeus

The IoD West Midlands region covers the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, as well as the urban areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country and is made up of over 1,800 directors and senior decision makers – the IoD Award winners represent the best of corporate governance and business ethics in their respective regions.

EXHIBITION NEWS ELITE LIST BEST VENUE

EXHIBITION NEWS ELITE LIST BEST VENUE

NEC

he EN Elite List is voted for by those in the exhibition industry – it recognises the people and businesses who go the extra mile and who strive to be the best.

AEO EXCELLENCE AWARD

AEO EXCELLENCE AWARD

NEC

The AEO Excellence Awards represent the best that the events industry has to offer and showcase the amazing achievements from within the industry. It was the second time in three years that Team NEC had been successful in the Venue Team category and tough opposition included Premiership giants in the form of Arsenal and Chelsea’s Meetings and Events Teams, in addition to regular industry rivals the Business Design Centre, Harrogate International Centre and ExCeL London. The presentation of the Excellence Award was based on the highest scoring individual entry across all of the Award submissions and was a fitting conclusion to proceedings.

GOLD AT MEETING INDUSTRY MARKETING AWARDS (MIMA): ‘BEST WEBSITE’

GOLD AT MEETING INDUSTRY MARKETING AWARDS (MIMA): ‘BEST WEBSITE’

ICC

The innovative new ICC website launched in June 2014 and was developed by the NEC Group’s in house digital and creative marketing teams, and overseen by the ICC marketing team. Expert MIMA judges at the prestigious awards were impressed by the ICC’s fully responsive website and its focus on ease of navigation for clients and visitors.

BEST UK CONFERENCE CENTRE (BRONZE) – MEETINGS & INCENTIVE TRAVEL

BEST UK CONFERENCE CENTRE (BRONZE) – MEETINGS & INCENTIVE TRAVEL

ICC

The M&IT awards are designed to recognise excellence in the industry and are voted for by event organisers and readers of Meetings and Incentive Travel magazine – the venue went onto to win silver in 2016.

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (BIFM) IMPACT ON SUSTAINABILITY

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (BIFM) IMPACT ON SUSTAINABILITY

NEC

The industry leading BIFM Awards recognise and showcase best in class facilities management and evidence its impact on business, the economy and society. This was the NEC’s first National Award win and the venue was praised as a “compelling example of best practice in waste management”, beating major brands including Marks and Spencer and RBS to take the award

PARTNERSHIPS

There is real value in having your brand associated with a venue where people go to have fun - and as one of the world’s leading venue management companies, the NEC Group can make that happen.

Our partnership programme is home to a wide range of businesses from household brand headline sponsors, through to independent partnerships who are exposed to over seven million visitors at more than 750 major events annually and - by delivering engaging content, hosted in our world-renowned venues with award-winning services - we provide unforgettable live experiences that reunite our audiences with great brands year after year.

Barclaycard

Barclaycard

Barclaycard

Barclaycard enhances payment experiences through quick and easy contactless solutions at venues and events, which means people spend less time queuing and more time enjoying themselves.

Resorts World Birmingham

Resorts World Birmingham

Resorts World Birmingham

Explore the endless possibilities at Resorts World Birmingham. Enjoy 50 outlet stores, 18 stylish bars and restaurants, an 11-screen cinema with IMAX, an exhilarating International Casino, 4-star Hotel, Medispa and more, all under one roof.

HEINEKEN

HEINEKEN

HEINEKEN

Headquartered in Edinburgh, HEINEKEN employs around 2,000 people. In addition to being Britain’s leading cider and beer business, HEINEKEN owns around 1,100 pubs through its Star Pubs & Bars business. We are passionate about our cider and beer brands and the outstanding service that we offer to our customers. Our unrivalled portfolio of brands includes Foster's, Heineken®, Strongbow, Desperados, Kronenbourg1664, John Smith's and Bulmers backed by a full range of niche and specialty brands

VIRGIN TRAINS

VIRGIN TRAINS

VIRGIN TRAINS

We're offering you an amazing 25% off Virgin Trains Advance tickets when you book through The Ticket Factory. Travel to the Barclaycard Arena in style and speed – without the hassle of traffic jams and check-ins. You must show your event ticket along with your Virgin Train ticket when on board for your discount to be valid.

Avis

Avis

Avis

Avis Car Rental is one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries, with a commitment to true convenience and exceptional service.

COCA COLA

COCA COLA

Coca‑Cola Great Britain is responsible for 19 brands and over 100 products in Great Britain. Led by Coca‑Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognisable brands, our portfolio includes Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper, Oasis, glaceau vitaminwater, glaceau smartwater, Schweppes, 5 Alive, Lilt, Kia Ora and Powerade.

Group Suppliers

HOLLYWOOD MONSTER

HOLLYWOOD MONSTER

HOLLYWOOD MONSTER

One of the UK’s largest signage and wide format printers. Working with some of the biggest names in the commercial, construction, events, exhibitions, property, retail, sport and theatre sectors.

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WEBLOYALTY

WEBLOYALTY

WEBLOYALTY

Webloyalty partners with ecommerce companies to help them build stronger, more profitable relationships with their customers. Membership programmes encourage by offering ongoing cashback incentives

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GROUP DYNAMICS

GROUP DYNAMICS

WEBLOYALTY

Group Dynamics help businesses enhance event experiences through effective communication utilising creative solutions and smart technology. Services range from voting and messaging on traditional handsets through to fully paperless events on tablets. Group Dynamics also offer innovative badging solutions for attendance management and other value-added services.

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Handy Dryers

Handy Dryers

HANDYDRYERS

UK manufacturers and suppliers of market leading Hand Dryers.

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Elonex

Elonex

Elonex

Elonex has been at the forefront of technological advancement for nearly 30 years, and having established global brand identity is responsible for countless breakthrough convergence products and patentable solutions.
Elonex excel in the delivery of high profile Digital Out-of-Home solutions. Developing and implementing cutting edge digital signage for clients in all sectors, and facilitating maximum impact digital advertising opportunities for brands of all sizes.

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