BIG PLANS FOR SECC REVAMP

The owners of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow have unveiled plans to create “the best event campus in Europe”.

SECC has commissioned a feasibility study to establish “viable options” for upgrading and enhancing the campus. The site includes the SSE Hydro arena, which attracted more than one million visitors last year.

The plans were set out as the company reported results for the year to end March.

Turnover and pre-tax profits both fell on the previous year, when the Commonwealth Games were staged. But stripping out the impact of the Games, turnover rose to £29.4m while earnings before interest and tax rose to £3.8m.

Last week, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) reported that it secured conference revenue of £141m in the year to the end of March – its best return on record.

GCMB, part of Glasgow City Council’s Glasgow Life arm, said four major conferences alone brought more than 10,000 delegates to the city, boosting the local economy by more than £15m.

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