Telecom show hunts complex contractors

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will call upon UK contractors to pitch for the construction of Telecom Village at ITU Telecom World 2003 later this year.

The global telecoms event will be staged at Palexpo, Geneva from 12-18 October. Companies wishing to take space in the proposed three-storey office complex, which is to be built in the venue's new Hall 6, need to register their interest by the end of October this year.

Telecom Village is a response to requests from exhibitors for meeting room facilities at next year's show as an alternative to building office space on stands. Suites start at 36 sq m or exhibitors can hire an entire floor at 576 sq m.

"It is a supplement to the exhibition activity and will be ideal for networking and holding business meetings. The development contract will be out for tender after the summer,

said ITU Telecom exhibition divisional head Tom Dahl-Hansen.

ITU Telecom bought the concept design for Telecom Village from Jerry Firbank, head of the former FKICP. Last year, Richard Bartram, the sole shareholder in the now defunct ITEC Group of companies bought the assets and goodwill of FKICP after the design agency went into receivership (Marketing Event, Nov/Dec).

ITEC Group, which included Britannic International Exhibition Services and Britannic International Exhibition Freight, recently fell into receivership (Event, March). Bartram is now a major shareholder in Firbank's new creative consultancy Firbank Kempster International.

"The initiative to install a business park in Telecom World is an indication of the direction in which the exhibition industry is heading,

said Firbank.

"We are now offering creative strategies to organisers."

- A spokeswoman for the Department for Trade and Industry said FKICP still owed £514,000 to about 100 trade creditors.

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