Venue chief in search to run more centres

Paul Kennedy, managing director of London venue the Commonwealth Conference and Events Centre (CCEC), has joined a new consortium to buy or operate UK venues.

Phil Soar, chairman of organiser Waypoint Exhibitions, has been appointed to head the five-strong Commonwealth Conference and Event Centres Development Enterprises team. However, the group has axed plans to bid for the CCEC, which, as Event went to press, had three potential buyers. Earls Court & Olympia Group has also pulled out of the running. “Until the CCEC future has been clarified it is business as usual,” said Kennedy.

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