Manchester Central secures international co-operative exhibition

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Manchester Central has won rights to host the third annual International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) trade exhibition in 2012. The international body, which works with co-operatives all over the world, runs the three-day event annually and in different host countries each time. The deal with Manchester is the first time it will take place in the UK. It was previously staged in Bangalore, India and Lisbon, Portugal.The standalone exhibition runs from 31 October and 2 November 2012 and will showcase products and services for the co-operative market. According to ICA, 102,000 people working for the company in the UK alone. The event is supported by the British Co-operative Group. Manchester Central sales director Paula Lorimer said the win demonstrated the venue’s ongoing status as an exhibition venue.  “This is a real boost for the exhibition market and it is great to be able to announce an international exhibition of this stature being held at Manchester Central,” she said. Lorimer attributed the win to Manchester’s ambassadorial approach to cooperative organisations and its close ties with such groups in the UK. “Today we are a bigger venue doing many more things,” Lorimer said. “Manchester Central is forging a strong name for itself on the international circuit, and the ICA win is another feather in the cap for the award winning venue.” ICA president Luiz Branco said next year’s event celebrates the centenary of the co-operative movement, making a particularly special exhibition. He highlighted Manchester Central’s £30million redevelopment programme as a strong factor behind its decision.“We believe Manchester Central is the perfect choice for our delegates as the airport, train stations and road networks make it so accessible,” Branco said. “The newly developed venue provides us with the ideal space for our event and we are looking forward to coming to the city, and the UK, for the first time.”Stay tuned for EN’s in-depth report on Manchester Central in the upcoming March edition.Got a news tip? Email the editor: exhibitionnews@mashmedia.net
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