Associations UK Congress 2017 heads to Manchester

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The Association of Association Executives (AAE) is to hold its annual congress at Manchester Central. The Associations UK Congress 2017 will be held on December 14-15.

Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured such a high-profile event, which will allow us to showcase the very best of what Manchester Central – and the wider city – has to offer; and what makes it the venue and destination of choice for so many leading national and international associations.”

One of the largest gatherings of association executives in the UK, the Associations UK Congress includes workshops, best-practice sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions.

This year’s event will feature the Association Success Story case studies for the first time. The AAE’s Association Success Story Programme focuses on creating valuable content for associations, in the form of detailed case studies from their peer organisations on how they have developed or created new products, services and events for members.

The AAE’s UK Association Awards and Congress Dinner will be held in the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa.

Damian Hutt, executive director of the AAE, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting our annual Associations UK Congress in Manchester this year. Both venues have already gone above and beyond to ensure that the event will prove extremely popular with our members. Improving on last year’s event is a challenge that the AAE relishes; we are currently working on some exciting features that we will be announcing in due course.”

Places at the dinner are given free of charge to all candidates shortlisted for the awards and included in the Congress delegate package, bringing together speakers, delegates and suppliers to recognise their work in a celebration of associations’ achievements.

The AAE will be working with Blitz, Manchester Central’s preferred AV supplier, and Marketing Manchester in the run-up to and during Associations UK Congress 2017. Blitz will deliver audio visual, staging and production support, while Marketing Manchester will provide a range of services, such as sharing local expertise and advice with delegates.

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