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Ricoh Arena smashes record for number of events and visitors
The Ricoh Arena has smashed its own record for the number of events and visitors it has hosted.
In the 12 months to June 2017, a total of 857 events were staged at the Ricoh Arena – an increase of over 10 per cent on the 777 events held for the previous 12 months. The latest yearly visitor numbers have also topped the 1.6 million mark, up from 1.2 million in 2015.
The Coventry venue has experienced the majority of this growth within the conference and meetings sector, taking 666 bookings in the last financial year compared to 583 bookings in the previous year.
It hosted an extra 11 exhibitions during the same period after attracting business from established media company the Mark Allen Group, as well as other trade shows such as Mechanex and Surfex.
The venue also encountered sporting success last year, hosting an additional 17 events in addition to 59 the year before. This was driven by a successful year for Wasps Rugby Club - who welcomed more than 300,000 fans through the turnstiles as they reached the Aviva Premiership play-off final.
The Ericsson Indoor Arena also hosted Wasps Netball for the first time, on top of memorable spectacles such as the Rugby League Four Nations tournament and Champion of Champions Snooker.
Over the past year, the Ricoh Arena also welcomed chart-topping music artists such as Robbie Williams, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Craig David.
Stuart Cain, Group Commercial Director for Wasps and Ricoh Arena, said: “These figures reflect the great deal of hard work and investment that has gone into making the Ricoh Arena one of the leading events venues in the UK.
“Conferences, meetings and exhibitions are performing well for us, driven by our location next to the M6 and on-site DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. We’ve also worked hard to increase the flexibility of space within the Ericsson Exhibition Hall and wider Ricoh Arena, supported by strong Event Management and Technical Support teams that make thigs happen in spectacular fashion.
“Having a record year, the challenge is maintaining such a strong performance in the future so we’re investing in our facilities to keep them fresh and enhancing our digital capability.
“This includes the launch of CityFibre’s ultra-fast Wi-Fi throughout the venue and the partnership with taxi app Gett, making it easier for people to order a taxi from their phone.
“We’ve also opened the new Ricoh Business Lounge which showcases the latest in office technology creating one of the most advanced meeting spaces in Coventry.”

Wasps and Ricoh Arena welcome npower as their Official Energy Partner
Wasps and npower are launching a partnership to further enhance the Ricoh Arena’s sustainable approach to energy, helping power sport, business and entertainment at the Arena.

npower will be installing a Combined Heat and Power plant at the Ricoh Arena, which will mean that Wasps will be generating their own electricity on site, as well as creating heat for the stadium and the under pitch heating system.

As one of Britain’s largest energy companies, and part of the Innogy SE group, npower serves around five million residential and business accounts with electricity and gas.

The new partnership will see npower launch an exclusive tariff for Wasps rugby and netball fans, as well as visitors to the Ricoh Arena in 2018. Fans will also benefit from a series of exclusive customer offers, competitions and energy saving tips for their home and family.

Stuart Cain, Commercial Director of Wasps and the Ricoh Arena, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with npower. This is a powerful partnership for both the club and Arena. npower’s technical expertise and infrastructure is a game changer in the way our Arena can power our three business drivers of sport, business and entertainment.

“npower shares Wasps’ values in the commitment to our local community and the new tariff offering will be an exciting addition for our fans. We are excited to be working with such a well-known brand and one that further enhances our growing family of blue chip partners."

Andy Wiggans, Commercial & Marketing Director for npower, added: “We’re delighted to be joining the Wasps family in a partnership which will see us supply power and gas to the Ricoh Arena and partner on a number of ground-breaking energy saving measures. We’ll also be working alongside Wasps RFC and Netball to support the local community and give fans the chance to get even closer to their team. We can’t wait to get stuck in.”

npower join Scutum, Gett Taxi, Arthur J Gallagher, TM Lewin and Robert Welch in partnering with the club this season.
Ricoh Arena opens new business lounge
A state-of-the-art lounge equipped for the digital age has been opened at the Ricoh Arena for the general public to work and study while on their travels.
The Ricoh Business Lounge – situated on floor one and big enough to host 500 delegates – is part of Ricoh’s programme to champion flexibility and remote working.
It is a flexible working space with interactive whiteboards and high-speed Wi-Fi, and is tailored to different ways of working, including private pods and hot desks to think and concentrate, and break out areas for informal meetings.
A designated Ricoh Suite is also now open inside the lounge for private meetings.
The Ricoh Business Lounge represents part of Ricoh’s Workstyle Innovation strategy – a long-term company initiative to help businesses bring positive change by empowering people with new ways of working.
Chas Moloney, Marketing Director at Ricoh UK, said: “The Ricoh Business Lounge reflects the demands of the four different generations now operating in the work place as those born in the year 2000 begin to enter work.
“We believe people are an organisation’s greatest asset, and so creating a working style to suit everyone will help a business to maximise output from its employees.
“Working remotely is on the rise as we are expected to be at work almost all the time, even on our travels, so the Ricoh Business Lounge is the perfect environment for that.
“It has something for everyone, whether it’s concentrating without being disturbed in private pods, contemplating an idea at a hot desk, or communicating and presenting to team members in quiet, open plan environments.”
The lounge is open Monday to Friday for visitors to use for free, subject to availability, and the space can also be pre-booked exclusively for events.
Jenny Shortt, Head of Partnership Management at Ricoh Arena and Wasps, added: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this cutting-edge working environment to our visitors.
“The Ricoh Business Lounge adds another string to our bow when pitching for events as we look to beat last year’s record of holding a total of 777 events.
“We have hundreds of thousands of people through our doors for meetings, conferences and exhibitions every year, so providing an office space where people can work as normal while attending off-site events will help to give us an added advantage.
“We believe the Ricoh Arena is one of the most forward-thinking venues in the country, whether that’s through digital capabilities or showing our clients new approaches to ways of working.”
Visitors are encouraged to enquire ahead at guest services by calling 0844 873 6350 or in person as to whether the lounge is open for public access.
For more information about the Ricoh Business Lounge visit www.ricoharena.com
Ricoh Arena signs 18 new Exhibitions
The Ricoh Arena has signed up 18 new exhibitions as the venue looks to break its own events record.
The multi-purpose events venue in Coventry has been successful in securing a large number of exhibitions for the first time covering a wide range of industry sectors.
New exhibitions for 2017 include the Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Exhibition, the automotive tradeshow Mechanex and Surfex.
The news comes as the events venue - which has 7,500 square metres of conference and exhibition space - prepares to beat the record 777 events it held in 2015/16.
Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, said: “We’ve secured a fantastic variety of exhibitions that are either in their infancy or are big, well established shows.
“That’s really important for us because it shows our venue can act as an incubator for events to grow, but equally, we compete for and deliver on large scale events too.
“Our sales and events teams overcame strong competition from other venues to host some of these exhibitions and have done a fantastic job in securing them. We are averaging 58 exhibitions a year, which is excellent news for us and for the regional economy.
“The investment we have made to our facilities has also started to pay off. We recently created a link between our exhibition hall and hall three to provide an extra 1,500 square metres of exhibition space which has helped to attract larger events.
“Our location is perfect for event organisers, with 75% of the UK’s population within a two hour drive and when you add our refurbished facilities including the restaurants, bars and onsite DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, we have a really strong proposition.
“We’re excited for the year ahead, and are expecting to announce further shows over the coming months.”
For more information on upcoming events and exhibitions at the Ricoh Arena visit www.ricoharena.com
Childcare Expo at Ricoh Arena
A childcare exhibition is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in the Midlands.
Since Childcare Expo started its Midlands Show at the Ricoh Arena in 2010, visitor numbers have gradually doubled from 735 to 1,419 over a seven-year period, while exhibitor numbers have also risen by 30 per cent.
The event is aimed at helping early years’ practitioners to discover new ideas and resources for their childcare business.
Childcare Expo is returning to the Ricoh Arena for the seventh time on September 29 and 30, 2017 where the organisers are aiming to top last year’s total.
Emma Barrett, Director at Broadway Events, the organisers behind Childcare Expo, believes the power of word of mouth has been key to the show’s development.
She said: “Experience is everything now and people attend these events to earn valuable memories.
“This can be done by getting hands-on with one of our free workshops or sitting down with a group of like-minded individuals as you learn and ask questions from the leaders in the sector.
“Continuing professional development and self-learning is high on people’s agendas nowadays as they are aware of how important it is, along with the responsibility they have to keep up to date with the evolving nature of the sector.
“The Ricoh Arena has also made it easy for people to attend with its good transport and access, affordable parking, convenience of accommodation and amenities.”
Leading industry figure Alistair Bryce-Clegg will be opening the two-day exhibition with his own seminar on child led learning, while talks will also take place covering topics such as self-regulation in the early years, delivering the revised EYFS, Reggio Emilia approach and risky play.
The Twinkl Inspiration Zone will also be offering interactive workshops such as sensory bottles and story stones hosted by the much-loved Twinkl.
Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, added: “Our venue’s flexibility means it is perfect for helping smaller shows such as Childcare Expo to evolve and fulfil their potential.
“Our events team has worked very closely with the organisers over the last seven years to understand their requirements, and every year the results have just got better and better.
“We’re expecting to see the show attract its biggest Midlands crowd this year, and we look forward to working with the organisers to ensure that continues in the years to come.”
For more information and to register for free tickets visit www.childcareexpo.co.uk.

Sir Clive Woodward at National Sales Conference
England rugby’s world cup winning coach is making a special appearance at the UK’s leading conference for sales leaders and sales professionals.
Sir Clive Woodward – the architect of England’s greatest sporting achievement since 1966 - is making a keynote speech at the National Sales Conference on November 30 at the Ricoh Arena.
The iconic tactician has swapped the dugout for the conference room to deliver insight into the importance of a winning mentality and how marginal gains can have a huge impact on a team.
The National Sales Conference is attended by more than 600 of the UK’s top sales performers from some of the world’s leading brands.
This includes managing directors, sales leaders and managers from reputable companies such as Aston Martin, Samsung and Sky.
Steve Lindsey of Lincoln West, organiser of the National Sales Conference, said: “This conference is all about helping sales people to develop a winning mentality and maximise their performance, and you don’t get much better than Sir Clive Woodward!
“England winning the world cup in 2003 was a great example of positive team work, and we think Clive’s take on what happened behind the scenes throughout the tournament will inspire our visitors in their everyday working lives.
“As well as inspirational talks, we will also have a vast array of exhibitors to introduce delegates to innovative sales techniques, offer business advice and even drum up new business leads.
“More than a third of our visitors are personally/directly responsible for sales revenues of up to £50 million, so this is a fantastic place to network and share best practice with one another.
“With that in mind, we are also launching a directors’ discussion forum this year so the UK’s top sales leaders can share and discuss today’s challenges, trends and the future of the sales.
“Over half of our tickets for the event have been sold with seven months still to go, so we’d urge people to act fast.”
Other keynote speakers on the day include body language expert Allan Pease, communications expert Andy Bounds and expert on the future world of work Dr Graeme Codrington.
Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, added: “It’s great to have the National Sales Conference returning again this year.
“Persuasion is a real art so; it’ll be interesting to hear what some of the best people in the business have to say about selling.
“Our own sales and events team did a fantastic job securing 777 events at the Ricoh Arena last year, and we’re hoping the National Sales Conference will help us to build upon that.”
For more information about the National Sales Conference visit www.sales-expo.co.uk
Wasps Guy Thompson at Confex
The Ricoh Arena is looking to Confex 2017 to help the venue break last year’s record growth.
The multi-purpose venue held a record-breaking 777 events last year – including 583 conferences, 58 exhibitions, 60 sports events and 13 music concerts.
To help attract more events, investment in the venue is underway as part of plans to make the Ricoh Arena, home of Wasps Rugby Club, one of the most digitally connected venues in the UK.
Work is currently ongoing with technology company Ericsson to upgrade the venue’s Wi-Fi, which will allow thousands of visitors to stream uninterrupted content at the same time.
Other recent investments include a new link to Hall 3, giving event organisers connected access to an additional 1500sqm of exhibition space, a ticketless car park system and state-of-the-art roof lighting in the 6,000 square foot Ericsson Exhibition Hall where individual LED lights can be controlled via smartphones and tablets.
Wasps first team player Guy Thompson – who has helped the club to a 13 month unbeaten run at the Ricoh Arena - is also set to make a special appearance on the Ricoh Arena’s stand to talk to guests about the venue’s facilities and sign autographs.
Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, said: “We have all of the essentials needed for an event onsite – a modern hotel, car parking, train access, bars and restaurants – but we need to ensure we are moving with the times and responding to what event organisers want.
“Events aren’t just about talking to people in the room anymore, they’re also about engaging with people around the world, and we’re making some adjustments to our facilities to enable organisers to do this.
“More event organisers are becoming aware of our venue’s convenience and flexibility which is reflected in the number of events staged last year, and we’re hoping to spread that awareness even further at Confex.
“We even have the added bonus this year of having Guy Thompson on our stand supporting our events management team to provide insights on what the Ricoh Arena is like from a sporting perspective.”
The Ricoh Arena’s management team will be on stand D38C at Confex, and will have gin and coffee tasting on offer. Top UK caricaturist Luisa Calvo will also be offering digital iPad caricatures to stand visitors on both days.
New Exhibition at Ricoh Arena
A manufacturing exhibition is moving to the Ricoh Arena following record-breaking growth.
The Made in the Midlands exhibition connects manufacturing businesses across the region and will host 200 exhibitors this year for the first time, with more than 2,000 representatives from the region’s manufacturing sector also expected to attend.
The show will take place on Thursday, 25 May and after experiencing 25 per cent growth in each of the eight years it has been running, the show will move from the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton to the Ricoh Arena’s 6,000 square metre Ericsson Exhibition Hall.
This year’s show will host various manufacturing supply chains from automotive and aerospace to rail, defence and medical, including famous names such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin and Sertec.
The combined turnover of industry-leading manufacturers and figures who attend the event is over £4 billion.
Made in the Midlands also welcomes a range of leading educational institutions, engaging with local schools and universities to give young people an insight into a career within the manufacturing industry.
Jason Pitt, managing director of Made in the Midlands, said: “In the midst of Brexit the growth of the exhibition reflects the optimism and drive of the manufacturing sector by working together.
“The Made in the Midlands exhibition is now one of the largest dedicated manufacturing exhibitions in the country.
“The fact that the show is so focused on helping manufacturers to foster partnerships with other companies in their field and their target audience means that many of the exhibitors only attend this show, which gives it a real community feel that you just don’t see elsewhere.”
The exhibition is just one part of Made in the Midlands, which is a peer group made up of more than 345 managing directors of manufacturing firms.
Andy Gibb, managing director of the Ricoh Arena, said: “The rate at which this exhibition has grown is impressive, so we’re delighted to be hosting Made in the Midlands for the first time.
“Coventry and Warwickshire has one of the best reputations around when it comes to manufacturing which will only help the show to go from strength-to-strength.
“We look forward to working with the event organisers and using our experience of hosting other manufacturing exhibitions to make Made in the Midlands 2017 the best year yet.”
To find out more about joining Made in the Midlands visit www.madeinthemidlands.com/members
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