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NewcastleGateshead to host 30th anniversary conference for British Academy of Management

28th September 2015

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NewcastleGateshead is set to host a major international conference in 2016 attracting an expected 900 delegates and pumping an estimated £1.2m into the local economy.

Newcastle University has been selected by The British Academy of Management (BAM) in its 30th anniversary year to host the academy’s Annual Conference, 06 – 08 September 2016.

BAM is the leading authority in the academic field of management in the UK, supporting and representing a community of scholars and engaging with international peers. Its annual conference attracts leading researchers from over 50 countries.

Monika Narvydaite, Academy Manager at British Academy of Management, said “We were really impressed with the varied and vibrant offer of Newcastle and delighted to find all of the facilities and services we need for our conference at Newcastle University, alongside the fantastic cultural and leisure attractions on offer to our delegates”.

"This is the first time for BAM in Newcastle, and we are thrilled and excited to bring our Annual Conference to the region. The help, advice and support supplied by Newcastle University and NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau made bringing our conference to the city an easy decision to make."

The conference theme for BAM 2016 is ‘Thriving in Turbulent Times’, looking at the range of significant challenges modern organisations face. In addition to the main conference programme, a gala dinner will be held for delegates at Newcastle’s Civic Centre.

Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said “It’s testament to the strength of the destination and Newcastle University that the British Academy of Management has chosen NewcastleGateshead for such a significant celebratory year. We are really looking forward to working with our colleagues at Newcastle University to celebrating this important milestone with them and to make sure the 30th BAM Annual Conference is their best yet. The conference is a fantastic addition to an exciting line up next year.

“NewcastleGateshead has a wide variety of culture, entertainment, restaurants, bars and events for delegates to enjoy as part of the overall conference experience. With the addition of Newcastle University’s expertise and excellent facilities we know delegates, speakers and organisers will have a memorable time here in the North East.”

As well as hosting the conference, Newcastle University will also help to drive the debate on the role that academic research could play, not just in making sense of modern business challenges - from sustainability to employee health and wellness - but crucially in informing future practice.

Professor John Wilson, Director Newcastle University Business School said “With 3,500 students from over 80 countries, Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest schools in Newcastle University. The Business School is a key part of the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, one of three institutes established to address Newcastle’s chosen societal challenges – ageing, sustainability and social renewal. We look forward to welcoming BAM and the delegates to our university.”

Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said “Conferences and meetings continues to contribute significantly to the regional economy and play a vital part in raising the profile of NewcastleGateshead.

“At NewcastleGateshead Initiative our Convention Bureau work hard to attract a wide variety of conferences and meetings, helping to grow this thriving industry. Next year conferences and meetings worth an estimated £22.7 million, have already been secured by the team. Newcastle University are a valued partner in bringing conferences and meetings to the region and we look forward to continuing our work with them.”

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau helps to attract and secure major national and international conferences and events for the region, working with a wide range of venues and partners. The Convention Bureau team acts as a central point of contact for all conference organisers, providing free, impartial advice and unrivalled local knowledge.

The Convention Bureau is part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, a public private partnership which is funded by Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and 170 private sector partners from across North East England. NewcastleGateshead Initiative markets NewcastleGateshead on a national and international stage; its mission is to inspire people to visit, and to live, learn, work and invest here. The focus of all activity is economic growth; the organisation works to change perceptions and create positive profile in order to attract visitors, major conferences and events, students, new investment and jobs.


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