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Northern tech summit switches to Yorkshire for growth boost

A major technology and communications expo is moving to Harrogate International Centre (HIC) as the event looks to expand in the north of England.

The organisers of Convergence Summit North have signed a three year deal which will see the two-day show make the move to Yorkshire in 2015 following seven successful years in Manchester.

In 2014 the event attracted 70 exhibitors and around 1400 experts in the field of communication and IT sales.

HIC director Simon Kent said: “This is a great win for us because it ticks a lot of boxes; one of our business goals is to sign new clients for a minimum of three years. Convergence Summit North have put their faith in us and done exactly that.

“But we also have a long and proven track record in Harrogate of nurturing small and medium sized events exactly like this one.

“We have success stories here which started out using just one of our halls and have since expanded to become leading European industry events such as The Golf Show, which attracts thousands of buyers and PGA professionals every year.

“We are really looking forward to hosting Convergence Summit North in 2015 and it’s going to give us a lot of satisfaction helping it to grow.

“It’s good for HIC, good for Harrogate and obviously good for our client.”

The Harrogate event is a sister show to Convergence Summit South, which takes place in October and has been established for over a decade.

“Show organiser, Swink Events describe the summits as ‘conference-orientated exhibitions’.

“We hold two events each year for the UK comms, IT and mobile trade channel,” explained Swink Events marketing manager, Liz Connor. 

“We are delighted to be moving our northern exhibition to the beautiful town of Harrogate.

“The location is perfect for our northern-based visitors to get to and we feel that the venue and facilities will enable us to successfully grow our event over the next few years.”

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