NEC Group Chamber Award winners

03 April 2017 Katy Barden

The NEC Group was recognised for its ‘Excellence in People Development’ at the 2017 Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Awards at the ICC, Birmingham on Thursday 30 March.

The event – which was a sell out with over 1,000 guests in attendance – was hosted by broadcaster Gyles Brandreth and the NEC Group celebrated success against tough opposition including A-Plant, Common Purpose Birmingham, Creative Alliance and Rock Power Connections.

“I am immensely proud of our team,” said Jane Jarvis, NEC Group HR Director. “The success of the NEC Group is entirely down to the excellence of our people and how they support our clients and customers.  Developing our people to realise their potential to be the best they can be in their current role and to prepare for future growth is a key focus of our business strategy. This award is deserved recognition of the team’s efforts across the business to make that happen.”

Russell Jeans, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and Chair of the Judges, said: “Judges were impressed by a vastly professional and structured programme of induction and continued employee development which is tailored to individual roles.  People development is a key pillar within the overall business strategy and creates clear development paths for employees. This includes an in-house Learning and Development team who provide tailored plans for every stage of an employee’s career.”

Completing a successful week for the NEC Group, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) - the UK’s number one venue - won ‘Best Venue Over 8000sqm’ at the prestigious Exhibition News Awards, also on Thursday 30 March.

The venue was up against key competitors including London’s ExCeL and EventCity (Manchester).


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From l-r - Paul Kehoe (President, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Claire Bond, Jane Jarvis, Steve Russell, Claire Hawker, Wayne Round and host Gyles Bradreth (photo courtesy of Jas Sansi)