OVER 40 YEARS OF SUCCESS

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 2017

EXCELLENCE IN PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT: GREATER BIRMINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS

EXCELLENCE IN PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT: GREATER BIRMINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS

NEC GROUP

The Chamber awards celebrate and showcase the best of business and enterprise throughout the region. The Group’s winning submission focused on the fact that people are at the heart of the NEC Group and realising their potential forms a key pillar of the Group’s HR strategy. It covered off an employee’s induction, continued learning and development and looking to the future through succession planning.

LARGE COMPANY MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR (MIDLANDS): BVCA AWARDS

LARGE COMPANY MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR (MIDLANDS): BVCA AWARDS

NEC GROUP

The BCVA awards are an annual celebration of UK companies, recognising and rewarding brilliant businesses that have been backed by UK private equity and venture capital investors. The NEC Group were announced as Large Company Management Team of the Year (Midlands).

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESS MASTERS AWARDS

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESS MASTERS AWARDS

NEC GROUP

The West Midlands Business Master Awards honoured the NEC Group with the award for Large Business of the Year and the Group also shortlisted in the Employer of the Year category.

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR: WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESS MASTERS AWARDS

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR: WEST MIDLANDS BUSINESS MASTERS AWARDS

NEC GROUP

NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi was awarded the coveted Ambassador of the Year title at the West Midlands Business Masters Awards.

EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

NEC Group

Paul Thandi, NEC Group CEO, was recognised as an entrepreneur inspired to make the world of work a better place at the EY Entrepreneur of the year Awards 2017. 

BEST VENUE OF 8,000SQM: EXHIBITION NEWS AWARDS

BEST VENUE OF 8,000SQM: EXHIBITION NEWS AWARDS

NEC

The Exhibition News Awards recognise the achievements of individuals and companies that power the exhibition industry.

UFI OPERATIONS AND SERVICES AWARD

UFI OPERATIONS AND SERVICES AWARD

NEC

This award, presented by UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, was the NEC’s first step onto the global stage. The submission focused on the NEC’s successful approach to creating the perfect customer journey.

VENUE TEAM OF THE YEAR: AEO EXCELLENCE AWARDS

VENUE TEAM OF THE YEAR: AEO EXCELLENCE AWARDS

NEC

The much-coveted AEO award for Venue Team of the Year, was awarded to the NEC Operational team who seamlessly coordinate 500 events on an annual basis.

INNOVATION AWARD: AEO EXCELLENCE AWARDS

INNOVATION AWARD: AEO EXCELLENCE AWARDS

NEC

The AEO Innovation Award recognised an incredibly creative marketing campaign, delivered in a sports shoebox that included Fitbit technology, 3D direct mail and a clever video that put the NEC in their customers’ shoes and took them on a journey around the venue.

 BEST TICKETING COMPANY: EVENT PRODUCTION AWARDS

BEST TICKETING COMPANY: EVENT PRODUCTION AWARDS

THE TICKET FACTORY

The Event Production Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of key suppliers and contractors to the industry. The Ticket Factory’s entry focused on innovation in disabled booking and the online customer experience.

EVENT/STADIA/ARENA AWARD: COST SECTOR CATERING AWARDS

EVENT/STADIA/ARENA AWARD: COST SECTOR CATERING AWARDS

AMADEUS

Amadeus were awarded the prestigious ‘Event/Stadia/Arena Award’ at a ceremony which celebrates excellence across the foodservice and catering industry.

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.

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.

DIALIGHT

DIALIGHT

Dialight (LSE: DIA.L) is a global leader in energy efficient LED lighting for industrial applications. Dialight's LED products and solutions enable sustainability for our customers through lower energy usage, carbon dioxide emissions and maintenance requirements, as well as improving safety.

The company is headquartered in the UK with operations in the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Mexico and Brazil.

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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