NEC Group welcomes its first in-house firm

The NEC Group’s new chief executive Paul Thandi has appointed the first of several anticipated in-house service providers at the Birmingham venue. London-based Show Presentation Services (SPS) beat off competition from two Midlands firms to land a five-year, seven-figure contract to offer audio-visual and production support.

The NEC Group’s new chief executive Paul Thandi has appointed the first of several anticipated in-house service providers at the Birmingham venue. London-based Show Presentation Services (SPS) beat off competition from two Midlands firms to land a five-year, seven-figure contract to offer audio-visual and production support. Organisers and exhibitors are now being offered SPS solutions within the NEC’s exhibition halls in a move described by SPS managing director Robin Coles as like being able to “buy from the factory gates”. He said: “We have already done around £10,000 in the first week of this contract win and are delighted to have been chosen as partner for the NEC. The opportunities are considerable and we are totally committed to enhancing the venue’s reputation even more as a premier conference and exhibition centre in the UK.” NEC Group’s Thandi said: “Service is at the core of our business and improving our customer offer to provide and deliver first-class audio-visual services is part of the vision shared at the NEC.” SPS comprises a 68-strong team based in London and has held the contract to supply in-house services at Islington’s Business Design Centre for the past seven years. It also previously held a five-year contract at Earls Court, which ended when Andrew Morris sold the west London estate to its current owners almost two years ago. SPS sales manager Glyn Harries will lead the project at the NEC under the brand name of Connect Presentation Solutions. A showroom that will be used to showcase the presentation services on offer is expected to open in the NEC’s concourse.

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