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Brian Hay
Laura Tenison
Richard O'Sullivan
Charlie Mullins
Julie Meyer
Steve Purdham
Debbie Pierce
Michael Oliver
Tony Caldeira
David Pollock
Jeremy Roberts

Manchester Central Convention Complex

Manchester Central Convention Complex
Manchester M2 3GX
United Kingdom
Phone: 0161 834 2700
Capacity: 4000

Manchester Central is the new name for GMEX and the Manchester International Convention Centre, a combination of exhibition and conference facilities that form a unique convention complex right in the heart of Manchester, one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting cities.

The complex is focussed around the city’s historic railway station, a feature of the city’s skyline for over 150 years and now reinvented as a distinctive venue for exhibitions and conferences. It boasts an enviable track record of hosting large-scale, high profile international and national events, such as the successful 2006 Labour Party Annual Conference, which attracted over 18,000 visitors over 5 days . The complex also offers a range of flexible halls and conference suites, ensuring the venues suitability as a location for smaller conferences and meetings.

Whether your event is for 20 or 4000, the venue offers infinite flexibility. The complex, set within the Petersfield area of the city, also provides access to over 2,500 hotel bedrooms within a 5-minute walk of the complex and its central location is perfect for experiencing the city’s cultural sites and attractions.

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