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Inclusive Birmingham venue picked for its wide-open spaces

Inclusion International lures 1,000 delegates a day to the ICC Birmingham

PICTURED: ICC Birmingham

It was the open spaces of ICC Birmingham’s central shopping mall which persuaded organisers of the 17th Inclusion International World Congress to choose the venue.

“When we were looking for our UK venue, we wanted something that allowed us to engage with the general public, which the open space of The Mall allows us to do,” said Connie Laurin-Bowie from Inclusion International,  “but mainly we wanted a team that were really committed to the event and we have been so impressed by both the enthusiasm and passion of the ICC team.”

The ICC welcomed more than1,000 delegates on each of the three days of the congress which only takes place every four years - in Birmingham for the first time.

The event aims for its delegates to learn, inspire and lead the way in making the world more inclusive.

Said Laurin-Bowie: “It was important to us to choose a venue that our international delegates could get to with ease, and the ICC ticked all the boxes for us. We have worked with the ICC team on the importance of inclusion and we have been impressed by their commitment to some learning disability awareness training delivered by Midland Mencap. Not all disabilities are physical and visible so it was important to us that the hosts and front of house staff were trained accordingly.”

ICC Birmingham’s Association Account Director, Linda Best, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Inclusion World Congress to the ICC. Inclusion is something we are passionate about within our team and our venue, so it has been wonderful to work with Mencap to learn new skills we can take forward with us.”


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