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August 17, 2007

Shopping Centre showcase brings ?3m to North East

The British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) has confirmed that it will hold its 2007 conference and showcase at The Sage, Gateshead in England's North East region in November, and is expected to make a significant contribution to the local economy.

The three-day event is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates and will feature a 6000m2 exhibition, together with a line-up of high-profile speakers, including Sir Bob Geldof and Lord Sebastian Coe.

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This year, the annual event will focus on how the retail industry impacts on people and their lives, and the positive effects that it can have on communities. Alongside the conference, the BCSC will host a showcase of more than 90 retailers, owners, developers, agents, advisors and consultants.
Commenting on the event, BCSC chief executive Michael Green said: “The BCSC is the premier networking event for the retail property industry and we are delighted to be bringing it to NewcastleGateshead for the first time. The record early bookings we have seen for the showcase and the high demand for delegate places are both testaments to this event’s popularity.”

Jessica Roberts, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said the business win would give the area a financial boost. “We are delighted to host the BCSC conference in NewcastleGateshead. It is great news for the local economy, as early indications suggest the conference could bring more than £3 million to the region. It is also an excellent opportunity to showcase all that NewcastleGateshead has to offer and raise its profile as a top UK business destination.”

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