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NEC beefs up its plans for global growth

Arts support (L-R): Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce; Cliff Allen, vice- chancellor of Birmingham City University; Julian Lloyd-Webber and Greg Lowson, president of Birmingham Chamber.

Julian raises city music tempo By John Lamb

Cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber told patrons of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) that the Birmingham Conservatoire has the opportunity to become the “best in the world” but needed private support. Julian, appointed principal of the Conservatoire

last year, was speaking at a patrons’ lunch hosted by Birmingham City University (BCU).

‘Julian said he was “incredibly excited” to be in Birmingham’

“With support from the private sector, the Conservatoire has the opportunity to be the best in the world. No other conservatoire will have the equipment, which will include a dedicated jazz club. “But it’s really about students and they will have

an unbelievable experience and because of that we can attract the very best. We already have the best student satisfaction figures in the world.” Julian’s own illustrious international career as a performer was brought to a halt when he was forced

to stop playing due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm. Julian said he was “incredibly excited” to be in Birmingham and had moved to the city with his family. The Conservatoire’s home at Adrian Boult Hall is

to be demolished and will play its last concert there on Sunday, June 26. It was the first of its kind to be built in the UK for a generation. A new £56 million Conservatoire is to be built on

the city centre campus of BCU and will feature a concert hall, jazz club and unrivalled practice facilities. It opens next year. To mark its move, the Conservatoire staged a ‘City

of Sounds – Saying Goodbye to Birmingham Conservatoire’s Adrian Boult Hall’, in conjunction with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. The festival will mark the Hall’s closure, but also look ahead to its new home. ‘City of Sounds’ opened with a recital from world

famous musicians Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway and closed with Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra performing Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong – which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

The NEC Group has announced two key new appointments as part of a major programme of growth centred on its international business. The group has revealed it is

aiming to expand its portfolio of conference, exhibition and arena venue management contracts The new overseas function will

be led by Nick Waight, who becomes managing director, International Conventions and Exhibitions Venue Development. He will continue in his role as chief executive, CCD. Kathryn James will take over the management of the International Convention Centre (ICC), the Vox Conference Centre and all convention activity in the NEC Group’s home venues, in addition to her continued management of the NEC, in her new position as managing director, NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions. Paul Thandi, NEC Group CEO,

said: “We are building good businesses with and within our home venues of venue management and support services. This is being further extended to develop destination facilities and offers at the NEC campus and at the Barclaycard Arena.”

Harrow Green to steer YPO contract

Removal specialists Harrow Green has signed a two- year framework contract with YPO, a public sector procurement programme. A removal solution framework means that Harrow

Green will act as a single provider managing removals services, storage, specialist disposal and associated services and trades, all of which can be accessed free of charge by public sector organisations across the UK. YPO was established over four decades ago by local

Nigel Dews

government authorities to help combine their procurement demands and achieve efficiency savings. Today they are still 100 per cent publicly owned, but work with even more organisations to achieve the same goal.

Their profits are returned to their public sector

customers and member authorities for reinvestment in their services. For further information visit Harrow Green will partner with the public sector to

develop a local supply base and economy through engagement with ‘tier two’ local suppliers, and will act as a single point of contact. Nigel Dews, managing director of Harrow Green,

said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by YPO as their managed service provider for a wide range of Removal Solutions activities. “This is a significant contract and we look forward to

developing a very strong relationship with YPO and Contracting Authorities.”

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