Manchester Central achieves coveted Investors in People Gold status


Manchester Central achieves coveted Investors in People Gold status

27 Mar 2015 by: Manchester Central Manchester Central

Manchester Central proves itself an employer of choice by being awarded with Investors in People (IIP) Gold status.

Cementing its reputation as one of the best major venue employers in the UK, Manchester Central joins a select group of venues and conference centres to have gained the accolade.

The north of England’s leading conference and events venue has achieved IIP Gold status after implementing a host of learning and development opportunities for its team throughout the last year.

Manchester Central was the first major venue in the UK to achieve IIP Bronze status and has advanced to Gold in just over two years.

Angie Robinson, Chief Executive of Manchester Central, said: “A venue’s greatest asset is its team and it is essential that we continue to invest in ours. I’m delighted that Manchester Central is being recognised as one of the best employers in
the industry.

“We’re passionate about attracting and retaining the most talented individuals and we will continue to develop a workplace where team members can learn, develop and progress.”

Some of the innovative employee-focused initiatives that have been built upon to contribute to Manchester Central’s success include:

  • Introducing a number of learning and development initiatives accessed via a new online portal
  • Developing an accessible and convenient way for team members to share feedback
  • Encouraging strong people management and creating an environment where managers are approachable and willing to listen


  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval