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, Arena Birmingham, formerly the 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 a businesses that aim to take our expertise further afield: NEC Group International. 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 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.
National Exhibition Centre design team formally appointed
Prime Minister Edward Heath cuts the tape to start construction work
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the NEC
Completion of the NEC Arena, the first event was a concert by Queen
Building work began on the International Convention Centre (ICC)
The Queen opens the ICC & athlete Linford Christie opens the NIA
First online ticket sales launched by NEC Group Box Office
NEC Group Box Office re-launched as The Ticket Factory
NEC Arena renamed as LG Arena
A £29m redevelopment of LG Arena was completed
NEC Group Catering officially renamed as Amadeus
Five-year deal with Barclaycard announced
Genting starts work on Resorts World Birmingham
Barclaycard Arena opens and Genting Arena sponsorship is announced
LDC complete purchase of NEC Group & the Vox opens
The Barclaycard Arena re branded as Arena Birmingham
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.
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.
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.
Check out our latest news section for news and views from across the NEC Group
The Ticket Factory has strengthened its offer for event organisers, having appointed a Director of Ticketing ahead of the New Year.
The seamless payment app will link together service providers, merchants, electronic points of sale and consumers to allow visitors
The economic and reputational benefits of Coventry being awarded City of Culture 2021 have the potential to go well beyond its city
Our people and our brands connect each part of the live experience through venues, content, services and data – and by utilising our extensive portfolio, we help organisers create their perfect event.
The Midlands is an extraordinary place to be right now and the NEC Group venues are ideally located right at its heart, benefiting from unrivalled accessibility by road, rail and air.
Our leadership team gives strategic direction to the business, living the NEC Group values which drive the business culture, and with a focus on delivering unforgettable live experiences.
Acting responsibly is an integral part of our company. We’re committed to acting in a socially responsible way, supporting local communities and minimising the environmental impact of our operations.