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Weekend Picks: Spring Fair

Spring Fair: Sun 7th - Thurs 11th Feb (Birmingham)

Fashion catwalk at Spring Fair Credit: i2i Events Group

The UK’s leading gift and home exhibition will begin this weekend at the NEC. Spring Fair will sit alongside Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, the UK’s biggest specialised jewellery exhibition.

There’ll be over 3,000 British and international suppliers at the event, including hundreds that are new to Spring Fair for this year.

“This is my first year at the helm of Spring Fair, having spent the past few years developing sister shows Autumn Fair and Glee, and I’m incredibly excited about the 2016 exhibition. We’re all now looking forward to a great show, where everyone who attends will see some fantastic new products from both their existing and new suppliers”

– Nick Davison, Spring Fair Portfolio Director

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Police appeal over NEC thefts

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Solihull Police

Police are appealing for information on a man they wish to speak to in relation to a series of thefts at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Anyone with information should call PC Brown on 101.

Grand Designs show promotes a greener way of living

This year the show has a distinctively green theme. Credit: ITV News Central
Visitors are being encouraged to grow their own food. Credit: ITV News Central
The idea of keeping your own chickens was proving popular with guests. Credit: ITV News Central
Furniture made from ordinary household objects was also on show. Credit: ITV News Central


Union concerned about jobs and costs if NEC Group sold off

The GMB Union says they're pleased Birmingham City Council intends to honour equal pay settlements for women but is concerned about jobs and costs for users if the NEC group is sold off. The council says it can't afford to invest in the complex and help it grow.

Whilst happy that BCC intend to honour their obligations in respect of equal pay settlements we in the GMB have grave concerns that the NEC group is to be sold off to the private sector. This will inevitably lead to increased costs to the residents of Birmingham and the wider users of these prime facilities and could lead to either job losses or reduction in terms and conditions of employment.

– Joe Morgan Regional Secretary

Birmingham City Council puts NEC up for sale

Birmingham City Council has announced it is selling off the NEC group. The council, which is facing a £1.1 billion bill for equal pay settlements, says it wants to ensure its existing uses are preserved.

The venue is one of the biggest exhibition centres in Europe and also houses the 16 thousand seat LG Arena which hosts concerts and conventions.

Watch Callum Watkinson's report on the council's decision to put one of the city's best-loved assets up for sale.

Birmingham City Council: NEC announcement 'historic'

Calling today's announcement "historic", Council leader Sir Albert Bore said the sale was necessary for the venue and events company to grow.

"The NEC Group has reached a point in its evolution where it needs to be able to adopt the financial disciplines of a private, rather than council-owned company," he said.

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