Showsec secures five-year contract with Harrogate International Centre

Showsec has been handed a golden opportunity to develop its association with one of the leading conference and exhibition venues in the country. The crowd management and security specialist has been awarded a five-year contract to provide services for events at the Harrogate International Centre.

The agreement is considered to be a significant step forwards for Showsec as the company actively seeks to increase its presence in the conference and exhibitions sector. It’s also recognition for the excellent work undertaken by the company’s Yorkshire operation since it was first engaged by the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) to provide security services.

“The conference and exhibition marketplace has been identified as a key area of development for the company, so to be presented with an opportunity like this is a major boost in that respect,” commented Julian Kumah, Showsec’s area manager for Yorkshire.

Left to Right: Julian Kumah, Kayley Grieves, Robert Penfold and Simon Kent

Left to Right: Julian Kumah, Kayley Grieves, Robert Penfold and Simon Kent

“While we have been working informally with the HIC for the past couple of years, winning this long-term contract allows us to plan ahead and develop our services. An important part of that future planning will be engaging more locally-based staff and building closer links with what is such a high-profile venue in the region.”

Premier facilities at the HIC

The extensive range of conference and exhibition facilities which have been developed at HIC makes it one of the largest of its kind in the region.

Major investment in the upgrading and expansion of these facilities will enable the centre to build upon its outstanding reputation within that market sector.

Those facilities at HIC include an auditorium seating 2,000 people, The Royal Hall (accommodating over 1,000 people), the Queen’s Suite (which holds 600) and eight halls that offer up to 18,500 square metres of exhibition space.

Robert Penfold, venue services manager at HIC, said: “We are very happy with the new deal. What Showsec brings to us is a pool of highly-trained staff who are well-established in the Yorkshire region. They are experienced in the many kinds of events we hold here at HIC, so this will ensure our clients receive the best levels of service and security possible.”

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