SECC boosts profits in 2009

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) has had a good year in 2009, growing profit to almost £620,000.

Results for the conference saw profit grow by 47 per cent, with turnover exceeding £18 million after rising by ten per cent.

John Sharkey, chief executive officer, said that changes in the company's structure and the hosting of prestigious events, such as International Astronautical Federation and the International Conference on Pain, have helped them.

"This year, we have really seen the benefits of combining marketing and sales expertise in a joint sales division, allowing us to work to a tight tenancy calendar and maximising long and short term business opportunities," he added.

Mr Sharkey stated that the Scottish National Arena, which is currently being built, will improve the conference facilities in Glasgow, adding that it will be "hugely beneficial" for the city.

The SECC targeted European companies earlier this year, hoping to use the weaker pound to attract the businesses over to the UK.ADNFCR-1752-ID-19528858-ADNFCR

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