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Gateshead plots event spaceGateshead Council has announced plans to build a new 3,000sqm exhibition, conference and entertainment space alongside music and arts centre The Sage Gateshead, which it claims will deliver a significant increase in events business into the North East England region. The announcement comes more than a year after Discover NewcastleGateshead gave the industry a glimpse of plans for its new International Conference and Exhibition Centre, which proposed a standalone facility with 4,000sqm of flat floor exhibition space. The new proposal appears to be a scaled down version of those original plans, which stalled last year after city developers decided against submitting their bid to the Regional Growth Fund. At the time, a spokesperson for development agency 1NG said it would look at alternative approaches to delivery. Gateshead Council now plans to build a 3,000sqm exhibition hall on land currently used for car parking to the south of The Sage Gateshead. The £30m venue project has gained a crucial £10m in funding from the Arts Council England, subject to final confirmation. The local authority claimed the venue could transform the region's business tourist economy and deliver 75 additional conferences annually while also boosting large-scale music and entertainment events by up to 60 a year. "This facility will be the keystone of the next big leap forward in our visitor economy," Gateshead Council's chief executive designate Jane Robinson said. "With this venue will come hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds of investment into our local economy. liverpool's venue tenderACC Liverpool has gone to tender for the £40m development of its new purpose-built exhibition centre. Notices have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union seeking a contractor to develop Exhibition Centre Liverpool, which will sit next to the ACC's BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena at Kings Dock. The tender follows an agreement reached with the Homes and Community Agency for the transfer of the land at Kings Dock. news8 Liverpool secured funding from Liverpool City Council to build the £40m exhibition centre in March 2011. The venue will be wholly owned by the council and managed by the venue team. A contractor is expected to be appointed by September, with work starting in autumn 2013. The Exhibition Centre is due to be completed in late 2014 and encompasses 8,100sqm, which can be divided into three separate 2,700sqm halls. "Seeking a contractor is the next step in the development of Exhibition Centre Liverpool," ACC Liverpool CEO Bob Prattey said. "Our venue will become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition facility in the UK so this is a sizeable project for us and for the city." ACC hopes to attract 50 events and 250,000 visitors as a result of the new facility, and estimates the events programme will support 1,300 jobs and contribute £40m each year in economic benefit to the Merseyside area. The venue also published a separate notice seeking an investor for an onsite 200-bed hotel. carbon neutral credecoVelocity claims it will become the first UK car show to be carbon neutral after striking a partnership with Carbon neutral Investments (CnI). The low-carbon motor show will offset its carbon emissions by supporting a hydro-electric project in India. ecoVelocity launched in 2011 at Battersea Park. Media 10 acquired a majority stake from organiser IGMe in February and will co-locate the event with Grand Designs Live at excel London from 10 to 13 May 2012. "ecoVelocity has taken the position of the UK's major motoring show and, with all the exhibitors boasting impressive low emissions in their automotive products, it's important that the organisers can demonstrate the same values," CnI co-chairman James Brown said. This year's show will include a main theatre featuring industry experts. Visitors can also take part in a test drive around a 3.5-mile route.The significance of this announcement cannot be overestimated." The Sage Gateshead general director Anthony Sargent said the Arts Council's vote of confidence was a key step forward in growing capacity for the world's largest international conferences and events. "This is very positive news from Arts Council England and a significant step forward in realising our ambitions to bring a major conference and exhibition centre to NewcastleGateshead," added chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative Sarah Stewart. "It will strengthen our ability to attract larger exhibitions and conferences from across the globe, with the meetings industry already contributing £277m to the local economy, supporting 6,200 jobs in NewcastleGateshead alone."Mind body Spirit MoveS The organiser of the Mind Body spirit Festival will introduce a series of new features and zones after relocating from the now defunct Royal Horticultural Halls (RHH) to earls Court's Brompton Hall. The show, which runs from 30 May to 4 June, spent 27 years at the RHH but was forced to move this year after the owners of the venue sold off the main Lawrence Hall.CeO Melvyn Carlile told EN he plans to use the additional space - double its former footprint - to provide more content including a yoga shala (space) for classes with London's top instructors, a meditation and music area and larger aisles. Carlile also hinted at plans to launch a Brighton edition of the festival after cancelling its Manchester edition in 2011. bbc Good Food Show MakeS debut at GlowBBC Haymarket exhibitions has claimed its first Good Food show at Glow, Bluewater met expectations after attracting 12,000 visitors. The brand debuted at the new retail-based venue from 12 to 15 April and featured 100 exhibitors. BBC Haymarket exhibitions MD Laura Biggs admitted exhibitor feedback was mixed, but in line with its other shows. "Much of it is encouraging with exhibitors reporting excellent shows, but some others are not quite so good," she said. "now we've run the show, it is much easier for us to accurately gauge the type of products that will do well." Biggs pointed out the majority of the 12,000 attendees to the Glow show had not attended a BBC Good Food show before and were from the local area. the ScottiSh hoMe Show SwitcheS dateSThe scottish Home show has moved back its dates at the Aberdeen exhibition and Conference Centre (AeCC) to accommodate more space for exhibitors. The inaugural edition will now be held on 1-2 september instead of June. More than 120 exhibitors are expected at the event organised by, which will highlight home and garden improvements and new technology and gadgets on the market. "we were surprised by the demand for the show from exhibitors," said director of scottish Home show Darren Ross. "we will now have two rooms at the venue instead of one."shoW BRIeFs

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