The Group’s exhibition business, The NEC, saw operating profit increase by £3m to £34.3m, while the total number of events remained steady at 762.
Paul Thandi, chief executive officer, NEC Group, said: "Our long-term growth and diversification strategy allied to the gradual recovery of the economy are having a continued positive effect on the NEC Group.
"The financial result reflects a variety of successful initiatives to improve profitability across our businesses, and, together with new business wins, this creates a good platform for the years ahead.
"The exhibition business has demonstrated its market-leading position by working closely with customers to deliver another excellent result. Forward bookings across all the businesses for the coming years are strong."