ACC Liverpool achieves record turnover

BBC and Audi events have helped ACC Liverpool record its highest annual turnover since opening in 2008.

ACC Liverpool
ACC Liverpool

The venue, home to the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, delivered a turnover of £15.4m for the year ending 31 March 2014, compared to £14.7m for the previous 12 months. Pre-tax profits were also up 25% on last year to £380,000. 

Event highlights during the period included the Audi UK National Forum, BBC Worldwide Showcase, Diabetes UK and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists World Congress. 

Overall, the BT Convention Centre welcomed 87,000 delegates to 105 conferences, generating £137m in economic benefit to the city. Meanwhile, the Echo Arena attracted 443,000 visitors to 72 events including Arctic Monkeys, Strictly Come Dancing and the World Karate Championships.

Bob Prattey, chief executive of ACC Liverpool, said: "We are pleased to confirm another successful financial year for ACC Liverpool, taking our total economic impact since opening to £860m.

"2015 will be a significant year for us with the opening of our new exhibition centre and integrated Pullman hotel. The development will enable us to host consumer and trade exhibitions, as well as increasing the number of national and international conferences and major entertainment events. We will be the only purpose-built integrated arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe and the newest facility of its kind in the UK.

"Meanwhile we are continuing to invest in our existing venue and have made sizeable enhancements including the refurbishment of VIP boxes in the arena, wi-fi upgrades, a wider range of technical equipment and changes to our galleria. These improvements are set to continue." 

Revenues for the current financial year continue to look strong and ACC Liverpool is expecting to exceed the latest turnover figures next spring.

Conference highlights for next year include the Liberal Democrats spring conference, the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology and the return of BBC Worldwide Showcase for the fourth time. Arena highlights include Strictly Come Dancing, Lionel Richie and Disney on Ice.

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