Made it happen for... With over 16 years of business advisory experience prior to joining Celtic Manor, I was responsible in leading the proposition to secure the necessary funding from all partners to achieve the goal of acquiring investment for ICC Wales, without which the development would not have been able to go ahead.
After many years of being involved in championing the viability and demand for an international convention centre on this scale, it was wonderful to obtain the funding agreement to begin construction.
Leading the way Long before funding can be agreed there are many feasibility and impact studies to carry out. It is also critical to undertake the appropriate due diligence to ensure ICC Wales would be a financially stable proposition for the country.
Our economic impact studies have indicated that ICC Wales will generate around £70 million annually to the Welsh economy and we expect the convention centre to sustain around 150 permanent jobs once it is operational. Before that, there could be up to 300 jobs created in the two-year construction period, all of which provide a vast economic boost to the nation.
Future features ICC Wales will offer a fresh opportunity and ensure that we are able to compete with the rest of Europe to host the largest conferences, summits and events. With seating for 1,500 delegates in the main auditorium and space to host 2,400 guests for a gala dinner we are leading the way to deliver events that will exceed all expectations.
Dream job Being part of the leadership team in this joint venture is something I’m extremely proud of. I would of course be overjoyed to see a full diary of events at ICC Wales when we open in 2019.