Conference body sets the standard for new members

Current and prospective members of the consortium Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE) will need to reach higher standards if they are to be part of the organisation. The announcement follows the introduction of an independently audited and verified quality model devised by auditing company SGS United Kingdom. SGS will begin inspecting all 36 member venues in the first quarter of this year, ensuring they meet the higher standards. CCE chairman Chris Clarke said: "Our aim is to create standards that build on the industry’s current yardsticks. SGS will help us to develop new, more rigorous inspection and testing processes."

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